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13 Sep 2010 Veganized! Banana Chocolate Chip Coffeecake

This is a lovely, moist banana cake with a crunchy, cinnamon-y, chocolate chip-y topping. I reduced the amount of sugar in the original recipe from 3/4 of a cup to 2/3 cup and eliminated the struesal layer in the center since the topping has both brown sugar and chocolate chips. It’s plenty sweet and I think it may have brought out the banana flavor of the cake a little more. I wasn’t happy with the egg substitution that I used the first time around so I went with the silken tofu in lieu of an egg. It really improved the texture and the crumb of the cake. This is an easy recipe and a great little cake for snacking or breakfast.

Thanks for the inspiration, Polly!

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Coffeecake

For topping:

1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup organic brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

For coffeecake:

2/3 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup non-dairy margarine, at room temperature (I like Earth Balance)
1/4 cup silken tofu
3 T soy milk + 1/4 tsp cider vinegar
1 1/3 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 3, large)
1 1/2 cup all purpose, unbleached flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan with non-stick spray and mash the bananas in a small bowl. In another bowl stir together chocolate chips, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon and set aside. In your blender (or Magic Bullet) combine the soy milk and vinegar and set aside to curdle.  In the large bowl, cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. I’ve used both a whisk and a mixer for this and either one worked fine. Add the silken tofu to the soy milk mixture in the blender and whirl ’til creamy. Stir the mashed banana and tofu/soy milk mixture into the creamed margarine and sugar. Mix ’til everything is nice and gloppy and then add the flour in 1/2 cup increments. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Pour the batter into a prepared pan and top with the chocolate chip/nut mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (mine was done after 35 minutes).

07 Aug 2010 Veganized! Pecan Praline Toast
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Polly’s Pecan Praline Toast recipe sounded so good that I just had to see if I could veganize it. And it turned out great! Full of buttery, gooey praline goodness…

Vegan Pecan Praline Toast

for French Toast:

1/2 c. vanilla soy creamer (soy milk will work in a pinch)
1/4 c. chickpea flour (available at middle eastern markets. I guess regular flour would be okay, but the chickpea flour adds a nice, light crispy crust to the french toast)
2 T. cornstarch
Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
1/2 loaf French bread cut into 1 1/2″ cubes

for Praline:

1 stick vegan margarine (I use Nucoa)
2/3 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Dice butter and place on a rimmed cookie sheet (12 x15). Place cookie sheet in preheating oven to melt butter–be careful not to burn. Remove cookie sheet from oven when butter is melted. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of melted butter and then sprinkle with chopped pecans. Return to oven for a minute or two. Meanwhile, combine creamer, flour, cornstarch and spices (if using) with a fork or whisk. Mixture will be a little lumpy.

QUICKLY dip each side of the bread cubes into liquid mixture. The bread will soak up all the liquid very fast if you let it sit too long, so be quick! Arrange over praline layer and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes (mine was done after 22 min). Remove from the oven when the top of the bread has started to brown. I made a half recipe and inverted my baking dish right onto the serving platter but you can also lift out with a greased spatula and turn over so praline layer is on top.

I will definitely be making this again and again, props to Polly for the inspiration!

26 Apr 2010 Roasted Cauliflower
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In the US, a “good” dinner is a main dish, maybe a veggie, a starch and a green salad.  In England, the norm for a “good” dinner is a main dish, mash and three veggies. I’m English. Three veggies, please!  I love my veggies.  Love them, love them, love them.  I never met a veggie I didn’t like.  Roasting veggies is surprisingly easy and brings out the sweetness in the veggies. Ever roast a cauliflower?  No?  You’re missing out! Here’s the recipe (from Epicurious.com).

Roasted Cauliflower

8 cups cauliflower florets (you’ll need one huge head of cauliflower or two smaller heads)
3 T. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put the small florets into a large (gallon) sized Ziploc bag or large bowl.  Mix the olive oil and salt together then pour over the cauliflower.  Shake the bag, or stir the bowl, to cover the cauliflower evenly with the oil and salt.  Spread cauliflower onto a large baking sheet (the metal kind with 1/2 inch or 1 inch sides).  Place sheet into hot oven. Shake pan after 15 minutes to rotate florets.  Continue to roast for another 10 or 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender and sports nice golden brown spots.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen today!  Will you be roasting some cauliflower soon? What other veggies do you like to roast?