May 16th, 2007

Lemon Poppyseed Cake in 'The Compassionate Cook'

I recently came across a recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, which was credited to The Compassionate Cook cookbook... it sounds deliciously satisfying (although I'm going increase the poppyseeds!), but before I make it I have a couple of questions for anyone here who might be familiar with the recipe:

1. Does "1 1/4 cups nondairy creamer" refer to a liquid or powder? I can't get non-dairy creamer, but I can get nondairy milks or soymilk powder. It seems like the creamer should be liquid since there is so much of it, and the only other liquid ingredients are 1/4 cup lemon juice and egg replacers, but I wanted to be sure.

2. If the creamer is a liquid, then is it supposed to curdle once mixed with the lemon juice? I was planning to replace it with non non-dairy milk and I'm wondering if I should use soy (which will curdle) or rice (which won't, or never has for me).

I'd appreciate any advice - I'm so excited to make this cake because I haven't had fluffy Lemon Poppy Seed cake in the entire time I've been vegan (over 2 years now) and I've missed it like crazy. :D

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replacing cornstarch

I want to make the general tao's tofu recipe from vegweb. I don't have cornstarch or white flour (oh the delights of moving. again.) but I do have arrowroot and whole wheat pastry flour.

can I use arrowroot to bread and fry the tofu and get similar results to cornstarch? I just don't want a slimy inedible mess since this is my last box of tofu. also, the WWP flour seems like it'd leave me with gritty, not crispy tofu.

worst comes to worst, I'll just fry it naked (the tofu not me obvi).

Sheese

I just wanna totally put in my vote Sheese.
It doesn't melt though, it gets soft- but the flavor makes up for it. And its normal texture is nice too.

I put some smoked cheddar some some crackers with some veg ham, made a quiche with the Cheshire Sheese, and pizza with medium cheddar. Sometimes it's worth it to shell out the money for something good!

VeganEssentials has it cheap(er), many flavors, and speedy delivery with ice packs (for you hotties out there!)!