December 1st, 2007

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Candy Cane Cookies

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I veganized this recipe:

1 cup margarine (I used Willow Run) (yes, TWO STICKS OF MARGARINE. NOT HEALTHY. LOL)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 T tofu
1 t almond extract
1 t vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
2 t baking powder
1 t salt
food coloring

I didn't have any mint or peppermint extract on hand so we just omitted it. When I was a kid my mom and I used to make this together and it's a kid fave. My Sithling pitched in, and he LOVED making these, because once you've mixed your ingredients together, you divide the dough in half and add your food coloring. I discovered too late that we were out of red, which is what we normally use. But he likes green, and you...spearmint candy canes, right? LOL.

So, you divide your dough in half and add a few drops of food coloring to one of the halves, and knead it until it's worked in, and the color you desire. Then you pinch off a bit from the white and the red, er green... and roll each into a slender cylinder shape. Lay them down side by side and place the two colors together, and then twist. Hook one end into the crook of the candy cane, and place it on your baking sheet. Voila! Repeat until you are out of dough. This recipe usually makes me about twelve cookies. There are four in the picture because...we ate them while they were still hot. Oops.
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The Perfect Vegan Cake

Clearly, this recipe was made for me.  I love cake in all its forms and eat it whenever possible.  Before I moved to San Francisco, my friend K, who lived here, would invariably call me whenever I had just eaten cake or was in the process of eating or baking cake.  He found this hilarious, and took to inquiring about my cake intake every time we spoke.  That's how I realised that I have a fondness for baked goods that far surpasses that of the average human being.  When I went vegan, I was afraid I would never again know the joys of shoving my face full of sweet confections, but god was I wrong.  This cake is amazing.  So, without further ado -
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The only modification I made was using only one type of cocoa (whatever kind I found in bulk at Rainbow).  It turned out awesome.  K was disgusted by the thought of tofu in my frosting.  We'll see what he thinks after he tries it!  :) 

Roommate C walked into the kitchen to find me washing dishes, completed masterpiece on the counter. 

"You made cake?  From what?"
"...Sugar... flour..."
"You didn't use a mix?"
"No, I made it from scratch.  I always do."
Pause.  "We have cake mixes."

Oh my. 
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