All posts tagged: baking

The key lime pie to all your parties

My birthday is usually the only constant yearly pie-baking occasion (or pi factor). Other, more rare occasions are Christmas, New Year and Pi Day if I remember in time. I do like pies and baking, but it doesn’t really have priority over other things. Also, when I start searching for a recipe, I find myself easily discouraged by the need for unordinary or seemingly expensive ingredients and nuts (which I cannot eat). So I sob and hide. But as with most things: you just have to do it! Or if that seems too hard: start doing it, with the first step! So take an easy recipe and get those ingredients. After the hard step of finding and buying you can use them forever, or as long as they last. But getting them next time will be easier, ’cause you’ll know and appreciate them. And then just follow the steps of the recipe! Did you need encouragement for pie-baking? I could use it. My main motivation is impressing non-vegans and showing how easy it is to …

Canola Corn Bread

This fluffy yellow ‘canola corn bread’ may as well be called a cake, but then there would have been too many Cs. To make it, I used a corn bread recipe from one of the many cookbooks named ‘cooking vegan’ (Veganistisch koken by Parragon Books LTD). The main ingredient is corn flour, the others are white wheat flour, canola oil, lots of soy milk, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, baking powder and some salt. The recipe is pretty similar to this one of The Post Punk Kitchen. The canola oil contributes its distinct taste and I’m still undecided to whether I like it. (I don’t know whether corn bread always has canola oil, but in The Netherlands the oil isn’t commonly used.) So it tasted a bit sweet-ish from the corn and maple syrup and canola-ish from the canola. The structure was really soft and fluffy! Maybe I put too much baking powder, but I felt like finishing the package… So it was a perfect cake, except it wasn’t so sweet like most cakes. It …

Happy Cinnamon Roll!

So I will not wish you a happy Easter, but a happy cinnamon roll! For today, with the Easter brunch tradition in mind, I made these smiley bunch. I didn’t even do it on purpose, they just really wanted to smile. Maybe because I was struggling so hard with the time-management thing again. You need to let them sit for two times an hour, and then you also need to do other things… – You can see the happy faces, right? 🙂 If for the Easter occasion you prefer baking something egg-ish but not really, you can go for these no-egg cakes! They’re pretty cool too. I used the cinnamon roll recipe from Vegan Challenge, in Dutch.

Birthday Blueberries and Spiraling Veggies

Hooray! This year I celebrated my birthday with a Maple-Kissed Blueberry Pie from a recipe in the lovely Vegan Pie In The Sky cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Yes, the same authors who created Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar – the first is happily sitting on my shelve and the latter is highly prioritized on my wish lists. Oh, priorities! Let’s review this pie: it was f***ing glorious. The filling was SO good, with blueberries and maple syrup and all. The crust was a BIT less good, which wasn’t the crust’s fault: it was more due to the combination of our new electric oven and my housemates and me. Apparently, as was found around 20:30 in the evening after having been baking and cooking all night and day, the thing has a very special roast option, which was on. So then all my bakings and cookings were good on the top and a lot more raw on the bottom. Too bad. Nevertheless, the …

Food Diary ~ number three

Hi there! Here’s some food pictures again, in which you can see how nicely the sun is shining. 🙂 I had a slice of housemate-made bread with avocado, as you can see. It was the first time I was able to slice an avocado like this, hehe. I love this picture for its colours, the weather!, and of course the bunny and the cat. The cat’s name is Minoes. If you’re not convinced of Minoes’ cuteness, here’s a close-up. And then I made soup from the garden: nettle soup! My very first attempt. I also just used an altered version of the very first recipe I found here (in Dutch). It’s basically onion, nettles, broth and roasted oats. I liked it! Especially as a midnight snack after a full day of festivals and parties on Ascension. Followed by a coconut cupcake after a recipe out of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World from Terry Hope Romero & Isa Moskowitz. It was a lovely day. On the festival I volunteered for Greenpeace, walking around in a tree costume, …