December 3, 2012 by Angie
Week 49 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge is fudge. I made this vegan chocolate cashew fudge from The Joy of Vegan Baking. It’s delicious and very similar to “real” fudge. It’s rich, sweet, creamy and has that smooth “mouthfeel” just like butter and evaporated milk fudge.
It makes a lot!
So much fudge.
The recipe is easy to make even with my makeshift double boiler situation. The hardest part was slicing the very cold fudge into manageable pieces straight out of the refrigerator.
A fudge chunk.
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November 7, 2012 by Angie
Week 45 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is chocolate. I’ve made a lot of chocolatey things this year but I’m always happy to make another. I baked these mocha chip muffins from the Post Punk Kitchen website.
The taste is great. They remind me of the beloved chocolate chocolate chip muffins my friend and I used to get at the little cafe inside the Vero Beach Book Center 10+ years ago. We had friends over for a small elections results watching party last night (Woooooo! Go Obama!) and there are only three of the twelve muffins left so I’ll take that as a good sign.
I’d had my eye on this recipe for a while but plain soy yogurt is difficult to come by in my neck of the woods. The recipe is very simple and doesn’t require a hand mixer or food processor so the cleanup isn’t bad either. Win-win all around.
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October 25, 2012 by Angie
The challenge for Week 43 (can you believe there are only 9 weeks left in 2012?!) of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is candy. Ever since I made those awesome cashew turtles with salty agave nectar “caramel”, I’ve been really into the combination of chocolate and salt. I was searching for vegan chocolate bark recipes when I found this one for dark chocolate bark with pistachios and sea salt. Delicious.
It’s incredibly simple to make this. I already had a bag of pre-shelled pistachios so I coarsely chopped a 1/4 cup of those. I bought two 3.5 ounce 70% cacao dark chocolate bars at the grocery store. I broke the bars up along their scored lines into a microwave-safe bowl. I nuked the dark chocolate for 25 second intervals, stirring each time. Once it was a smooth liquid I poured it into a square glass pan lined with parchment paper. It didn’t cover the entire bottom of the pan, but I was okay with that. Next, I sprinkled the chopped pistachios onto the melted chocolate and repeated with tiny handfuls of sea salt.
I put it in the fridge for about an hour then cracked the bark into pieces with my hands. So good!
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October 22, 2012 by Angie
Week 42 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking challenge was coatings. Chocolate coated anything is generally a safe bet so that led me to this recipe for Chef Chloe’s chocolate chip cookie dough truffles.
These truffles are ridiculously decadent. They’re good but the dough is so sweet that it’s almost like a frosting. I suspect the threshold for “wow, that’s sweet” is lower for Robbie and me than it is for the general population, but if I made it again I’d use my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for the dough or cut the brown sugar by quite a bit.
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October 9, 2012 by Angie
Week 40’s challenge is pie. I debated whether or not cheesecake is pie and decided that yes it is. I figure a pie is any baked good with a crust and filling therefore cheesecake counts. I found this recipe in a book called Vegan Pie in the Sky, so that’s Exhibit A. This is the second vegan cheesecake I’ve made from this cookbook, the other being this pumpkin cheesecake.
Here are the nice things I have to say about this recipe. The graham cracker crust is stellar. I also give the recipe kudos for staying together really well, as this can be a problem with vegan versions of foods that normally call for a few eggs. Unfortunately, one of the awesomely effective binders in this recipe is banana and I gotta say that causes the whole cheesecake to taste like banana to me. I taste the banana more than the chocolate or coffee flavors and I don’t think it’s supposed to overpower everything else. It’s not bad, and in fact the taste grew on me as I was eating it, but it makes this more like a chocolatey banana pie with hints of coffee instead of a cheesecake. I’d make the pumpkin one again but probably not this one. Like I said, it wasn’t bad, just not what I was hoping for. I got some use out of my springform pan and some marbleization practice so overall a win anyway!
You can kinda see the marbleization on the top. It was a lot more apparent and pretty before baking.
I’m looking forward to this week’s challenge: pumpkin. Yes!
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September 26, 2012 by Angie
The theme for Week 39 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is express an emotion. I went with love. These cookies are an expression of my love of pumpkin, fall, Halloween, and, of course, Robbie who requested that I make him something pumpkiny. Our friend Todd suggested this recipe from Epicurious with chocolate chips instead of raisins. It was very easy and pumpkiny and good. I got quite a few smaller cookies out of this recipe and, with a little help from our friends, we ate most of them the first day.
It’s officially fall now so I decorated our apartment with our Halloween stuff. Check out my new Frankenstein candle holder.
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September 19, 2012 by Angie
Week 38 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge is glaze or poured fondant. I made this tasty and ridiculously easy vegan chocolate cake with chocolate glaze from Instructables.com. I’m very discriminating when it comes to cake (which is why I never bothered to bake one before now) and I happily endorse this recipe. Robbie really liked it too. Our friends were over and gave it two thumbs up and I know they weren’t just being polite because they asked for some cake to-go 🙂 Possibly the best thing about this recipe is that you mix the cake batter up right in the pan. No extra bowls to wash and you don’t have to bust out the mixer.
This is the cake cooling before spreading the glaze on top.
Here is the cake with glaze after cooling in the fridge for an hour or so.
A piece of chocolatey cake!
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August 25, 2012 by Angie
For Week 34 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge we are supposed to carve a baked good. The moderator elaborated on this for us and cutting out a hole in a cupcake and filling it with cream definitely counts. I made this delicious recipe for Brooklyn vs. Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.
These cupcakes require a monumental amount of effort. I stirred, chilled, whisked, beat, mixed, chilled again, baked, melted, and chilled a third time. It took hours and created a lot of dirty dishes. The cupcakes are pretty phenomenal though.
Step 1: Baked Cupcakes
Step 2: Carving out the filling holes
Step 3: Filling the cupcakes with cream (making the cream counts for at least two steps and also involved two hours of chilling in the refrigerator)
Step 4: Chocolate Ganache
Bam! Look at that cupcake. It took so long to make I feel like it’s my biological child.
Because I’m not vegan, if I was really craving something like this in the future I would probably go to the bakery and buy a single eclair. For vegans, however, cream-filled, chocolate-topped, baked treats are not so easily acquired so going through all this work every once in a while is worth it because these cupcakes are really awesome.
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August 10, 2012 by Angie
This week’s challenge for Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is colors. I have been eyeing a few vegan donut recipes but couldn’t really justify buying the special donut pan so I made donut holes in mini muffin tins instead.
I followed this recipe from Vegan Yum Yum for the donut batter. I got 16 not-totally-round donut holes from this. I baked for ten minutes in the mini muffin tins. Once they cooled I whipped up this recipe for chocolate glaze, dipped the tops of the donut holes in the glaze, then rolled the chocolaty tops in a bowl of store-bought rainbow sprinkles.
They are pretty awesome! Pretty much anything covered in chocolate is wonderful but I really do think the actual donut part is delicious too.
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August 3, 2012 by Angie
The challenge for Week 31 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is frozen. I assume that means we should make a recipe which requires both baking and freezing but I really can’t think of anything that calls for all that. A lot of pie recipes have you bake a crust then put the filling in and refrigerate but not freeze. I made vegan cashew turtles which called for a little microwaving (close enough?) then freezing and OMG y’all the results are mind-blowing. There is just something about a chocolate-covered cashew.
I followed this recipe using cashews instead of pecans and vegan chocolate chips. I did use her agave nectar and salt suggestion rather than buy a jar of caramel sauce. It’s quite good, better than caramel in a jar I think. These turtles took so little time and work and are so amazingly delicious. They definitely win the award for tastiest return on effort.
A freezey little turtle.
The underside of a turtle.
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