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.
Cranberry Maple Bread Machine buns are easy to make and tasty. Just throw the ingredients in your bread machine and follow a few simple steps and you have flavourful buns for your table. Enjoy with coffee or tea.
1 cup almond milk
1 egg or 1 vegan egg
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup melted butter or melted vegan butter
3 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/4 tsp yeast (Bread machine or high activating)
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.
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.
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
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.
Chocolate raspberry hand pies are a different take on the hand pie. Chocolate pie dough encapsulates a sweet raspberry filling for a decadent treat. They’re great to take for a mid afternoon snack or a small dessert.
1/2 lb of vegetable shortening
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tbsp white vinegar
Beat one egg in a measuring cup and add 1 tbsp white vinegar. Fill with cold water to 1/2 cup.
Blend flour, vegetable shortening and salt.
Gradually add liquid to dry ingredients and blend until well incorporated.
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.