Category Archives: baking

To replace an egg…

Baking can be a challenge while learning how to substitute ingredients in vegan recipes. Many of today’s recipes include chicken eggs and there are several different methods for substituting eggs. Flax, chia, peanut butter, apple sauce and banana are all good solutions. The measurements below replace one chicken egg.

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Harvest Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie has always been a staple in my home on the holidays. It’s rich creamy texture blended with fragrant pie spices is warm and comforting and brings back many happy memories of childhood. That’s why when I decided to try a vegan lifestyle I was a little hesitant to try a vegan pumpkin pie. I tried recipes made with tofu and I wasn’t happy with the taste. I tried other recipes made with coconut cream. They’re better but many recipes don’t have enough spices.

Harvest pumpkin pie is a vegan recipe using coconut cream with the tasty spices I remember. If you don’t like pie spice try cutting the spices in half and tasting before baking the pie. You can also use either pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger separately.

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Cherry Rounds

Cherry rounds are cherry hand pies. They’re quick and easy to make and great on a picnic or as a snack. For an extra special treat add coconut cream.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups cherries

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup of your favourite juice

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/4 cup cold water

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Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

Rhubarb Strawberry pie is tangy and delicious. It’s amazing served with coconut cream or by itself on a hot summer’s day. Try the recipe with different kinds of juice to find your preferred taste.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 vegan or vegetarian pie shell (baked and cooled). Here is one recipe

2 cups orange juice

2 cups strawberries

2 cups of rhubarb

2/3 up sugar

2 tbsp cornstarch

2 tbsp water

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Rhubarb Bread Pudding

A sure sign of spring is fresh produce from the garden. Rhubarb is one of the first crops ready. I like to use the fruit in crisps and pies. I also use it in this Rhubarb Bread Pudding recipe. The rhubarb mixture is just tart enough so that the bread pudding is not overly sweet. If you love rhubarb use more rhubarb filling.

Enjoy!

RHUBARB FILLING
Rhubarb Bread Pudding

2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp water

Combine ingredients in a pan over medium heat. Simmer until mixture is soft. Remove from heat and set aside.

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Festive Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a great dessert for festive occasions. The cake takes a bit of work but is sure to please even the most finicky person. For a change try Chocolate Carrot Cake.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
festive carrot cake

2 1/1 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup canola oil

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups grated carrot

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 drained 8 oz tin pineapple

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Lemon Easter Cookies

Lemon Easter cookies are a lemon sugar cookie decorated for the Easter holiday. Choose your favourite colour for the cookie dough.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter

1 egg

1 tsp lemon extract

1 tbsp lemon juice

3/4 cup sugar

gel food colouring – your choice of colour

DIRECTIONS
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Old Fashioned Bagels

Old fashioned bagels take some time to make but they’re worth the effort. They’re light and chewy and they’re wonderful with jam or your favourite buttery spread. Make a double batch and freeze some for when you need a quick snack.

1 tsp sugar

3/4 cup warm water

7 1/2 tsp regular yeast

Dissolve sugar in water in a large bowl. Place yeast on top of the water and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir.

2 eggs

2 tbsp oil

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tbsp sugar

2 tsp salt

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Patterned Cookies

This recipe takes more time than many of the icebox cookies but the results are worth the effort. The designs are pretty and the cookie is delicious.  You’ll need an afternoon to bake these cookies so make an extra batch while you are baking and freeze  the leftovers.

Ingredients

1 cup soft butter

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix first butter, sugar and vanilla  until light and fluffy. 

Add flour and salt to the mixture.  Blend until just combined. Do not overwork dough.

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Baking Biscuit Pizza

This is a quick and easy way to make pizza when you don’t have time to make pizza dough.  Baking biscuit pizza uses biscuit dough topped with your favourite ingredients.  Try experimenting with unusual ingredients for a unique flavour all your own.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

baking biscuit pizza3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup olive oil

3/4 cup milk

1 green or red pepper

pizza sauce

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