Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bake Sale Goodies!

I visited Cannon Beach this past weekend and participated in a bake sale for the Women's Auxiliary Club. These are the goodies I made:

First up, Coconut Macaroons dipped in dark chocolate! I got this recipe from the always awesome, Julie Hasson! The recipe can be found on the membership side of EverydayDish. I must admit these macaroons were delicious! Toasty on the outside and slightly gooey on the inside. They tasted very similar to Almond Joys! They were also super easy and quick to make! You can add the chocolate chips in with the cookie batter instead of dipping them in chocolate or go crazy and do both.

Next up, mini carrot cake cupcakes with the vegan cream cheese frosting from VCTOTW. I added a bit of fresh lemon juice to the frosting and this really made it taste like the non-vegan cream cheese frosting I grew up with. The actual cupcakes are from a carrot cake recipe from school that I veganized. These little babies ended up being really moist and rich! I think the secret to keeping them moist is crushed pineapple. It also adds a great flavor and texture to the cake. I decorated the minis with toasted walnuts and fondant carrots.

Ok, these really are Perfect Vegan Sugar Cookies. I made the dough the night before and I found it really easy to work with. The dough holds its shape really well, so I plan on making these again for the holidays. I made over 11 dozen of these and dipped them by hand in the icing. It surprisingly did not take very long!

Friday, October 16, 2009

So.....I'm back!

I'm dusting off the old keyboard (ok, maybe new keyboard) and will finally be posting again! Yay!

Now to answer all those questions you've been wondering (yes, you!)...

Where has the Vegan Von Vittle been?

Livin' the dream, my friends! I've been in culinary school in the Baking & Patisserie program!

Are the Chomp Chomps still Tasty?

Yup, more than ever!

What's the plan, Stan?

Well, allot:

  • I want to take all of the great things I learned in culinary school and apply them to vegan baking at home. With lots of birthdays and the holidays coming up, I should be a busy little baker.
  • I just joined the Daring Bakers Blogroll and will be participating in the monthly baking challenges starting in November.
  • Dinoff and I are always trying new vegan products and restaurants; soooooo, I figure why not blog about it?
Look for a new post sometime next week!