Category Archives: vegetarian baking

English Spice Cookies

I rediscovered my mother’s cookbook this week.  It’s amazing what memories a few words on paper can bring back.  The recipes lovingly copied in both my mother’s and my grandmother’s handwriting remind me of special occasions.  My mom used to open the book to mix and bake her special recipes on a birthday, holiday or when one of us was feeling blue.

English Spice Cookies is a recipe originating from my English grandmother.  Nana liked her sweets and we could always find cookies of some kind on her table. The recipe has a hint of spice and dried fruits to sweeten the batter.  For a change try using dried blueberries or dried cranberries instead of dates.

IngredientsEnglish Spice Cookies

1/3 cup butter

1 scant cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup raisings

1/2 cup finely chopped dates

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 to 2 cups flour to make a firm dough

2 tbsp milk

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Vegan egg and milk replacements

The change to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can be difficult when recipes call for animal based eggs and milk.  There are replacements that can be made in  your baking for both eggs and milk.  This lists includes some of the most popular replacements.

Vegan egg replacements for 1 eggVegan egg and Milk Replacements - The change to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can be difficult when recipes call for animal based eggs and milk. There are replacements that can be made in your baking for both eggs and milk.

  • 1/4 cup soy yogourt
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp soy flour mixed with 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup soft tofu blended with recipe liquid
  • 1 tbsp flax meal and 3 tbsp of water.  Let sit 5 minutes before using

Vegan milk replacements for 1 cup of milk

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Chili Cereal Brittle

Chili Cereal Brittle is a sweet treat made with the zest of chili powder.  It’s great for a snack when you are tired of normal sweets.   Puffed cereal can be substituted with toasted O cereals.

INGREDIENTS
Chili Cereal Brittle

3 cups sugar

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tbsp chili powder

2 cups puffed rice cereal

2 tbsp butter

 
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Coconut Tarts

Coconut tarts are sweet and creamy.  Filled with coconut and coconut milk goodness they’re sure to be a hit with your guests.

Pastry

5 cups flour

coconut tarts1 tbsp brown sugar

pinch salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 lb vegetable shortening

1 egg

2 tbsp cider vinegar

Cold water

DIRECTIONS

Mix first 5 ingredients together crumbly.

Mix egg, vinegar and enough water to make 3/4 cup liquid.  Mix into dry ingredients.  Blend by hand until all the flour is incorporated. Refrigerate for an hour.

Roll out pastry thinly and cut into rounds. 

Place rounds in muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.  

Cool thoroughly.

Coconut filling

1/4 cup cashew milk

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 can coconut milk

1/3 cup sugar

pinch salt

1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Mix sugar, coconut milk,  sugar and salt into a pan. 

Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. 

Dissolve cornstarch in cashew milk.  Slowly incorporate mixture into pan.  

Continue boiling the mixture until thick while whisking.  Add vanilla and scoop into baked pastry.

Try Coconut Macaroons too!

Apple Pie Candy

Apple pie candy is sweet and simple to make. It’s great for a sweet treat on Christmas eve or on a long winter’s afternoon. Leave some for Santa. He’ll love it!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups  brown sugar

1 can condensed milk

1/2 cup butter

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla

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