May 21st, 2004

  • kaeri

Dessert questions....

Hey all,

I'm looking for a good vegan cake recipe for the bf's birthday.. Problem is, I'm currently living in China, and it's difficult to come by good vegan ingredients...

No pure cocoa powder (only sweetened..), no baking soda (although there is baking powder), no vegan cream cheese, etc...

Any suggestions for a good, basic cake that doesn't require a lot of fancy north american products?


Tamal Dulce

I haven't tried this, but I saw it on "$40 a Day" and it looked WONDERFUL! They served it with Black Beans and half a mango. And yes...this is a breakfast food!!!

1 cup real maple syrup
4 star anise
3 whole cloves
1/2 orange, halved
1 cinnamon stick
4 ounces masa harina
1/4 cup fresh whole corn kernels
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
4 tablespoons sultana raisins, softened in hot water
2 peeled bananas, cut in 1/2 lengthwise and then cut in chunks

6 banana leaves, cut to 8 by 10-inches

In a large saucepan, slowly boil the syrup, star anise, cloves, orange and cinnamon stick. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. Strain the mixture into the masa harina, stir to incorporate and discard the strained spices and fruit.
Add the corn, pine nuts, sultana raisins, and banana pieces to the masa mixture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Thaw a package of banana leaves by placing the still sealed leaves in a shallow pan of hot water, until thawed. Open package and rinse leaves in cool water and then cut into 8-inch pieces. Assemble the tamales by placing 4 ounces of the mixture in the center of each banana leaf. And fold in sides to create a package. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Homemade Seitan

So, I'm in the middle of making some seitan and I'm wondering how it's supposed to look. It poofed up really big and it's super spongy. Is that the way it's supposed to be? How do I know when it's done?