stacey marie without time (mothburning) wrote in vegancooking,
stacey marie without time

Introduction (& Berry Tart)

Hey all,
I went vegan three months ago (after two previous failed attempts at vegetarianism in my teenage years, I've finally become serious about this issue). I greatly enjoy creative vegan cooking, and I must say that this community has a very comprehensive collection of recipes! Now that I have access to a kitchen & the Internet again (I'm currently travelling across the US), I've been trying a new recipe every day.

Here's a recipe I found elsewhere & veganized. (I looked for it in the Memories first, but didn't see another version; pardon me if I've overlooked it, though.)

Berry Tart!

4 cups berries (blue, black, rasp, or any combination)
3/4 cup unrefined cane sugar
1 egg substitute*
1tbs cornstarch
2tbs water
3tbs lemon juice
2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2tbs unrefined cane sugar
1 cup vegetable oil spread**
1 egg substitute

*my usual egg substitute is: 1 egg = 2tbsp water + 1tbsp vegetable oil + 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1tsp cream of tartar + 1/2 tsp cornstarch. Dissolve powers into liquids and stir together. It will fizz at first, and when it settles will be the same consistency as eggwhite.
**We don't have a vegan margarine where I'm currently staying, so I've been using Crisco Vegetable Shortening. (My companion & I called to verify that they do, in fact, use vegetable mono- and diglycerides.)

1. Wash berries. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large bowl add berries. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup cane sugar. Stir in egg substitute.
3. In a small bowl dissolve cornstarch in water and lemon juice.
4. Transfer contents of large and small bowls to a large saucepan and cook slowly until bubbly and thick.
5. In a medium bowl sift together flour and 2tbs cane sugar. Cut in veggie oil spread until well-blended, then add egg substitute. Form dough into a ball (sprinkle water if dough isn't sticking well) and chill.
6. Pat evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9" pie pan. Pour in berry mixture. Bake at 350F for 45mins, or until bubbly and crust is light brown.

I was thinking that this could potentially be a recipe for vegan pop-tarts. A friend of mine has a mechanism that makes sealed, toasted sandwiches--it looks sort of like a waffle iron, actually--by placing a piece of bread on either side, adding a filling of choice, and then closing the sides together. The heat seals the sides of the bread together and cuts them into four, so you get little pierogie-like filled sandwiches (kind of like Hot Pockets.) I would imagine that one could use the pastry dough in place of bread slices, fill with berry mixture, seal with the machine, and then bake in the oven...thus creating pop-tarts! Can anyone try this out? I, unfortunately, have no new-fangled sandwich-sealer.
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