April 2nd, 2008

scones! basic anything-goes recipe.

I love the scone recipes in Veganomicon, but they've always looked a trifle difficult to alter.  I wanted to try out a few flavour combinations of my own, so I found this recipe and modified it.  The recipe calls for one egg and heavy cream beaten together so I whizzed up the requisite amount of soymilk, half a cored and peeled apple, and a scant teaspoon of dry egg replacer.  This allowed for the required thickness of the mixture, the fluffy-up quality of the batter, and the binding properties needed.  The chilled unsalted butter was easily subbed out for earth balance.
The scones were golden on the bottom, light in the middle, and the batter was sweet but not overly so. 
So far, i've tried it with two different flavour combinations - lavender lime (with a handful of lavender petals briefly kneaded in before baking and a lime juice/rind glaze on top) and cranberry orange (similarly, with cranberries tossed into the batter and an orange juice/rind glaze on top.)

Since they take all of thirty seconds to put together, I think I'll be making a whole slew of them in the coming week.  Can anybody think up any other flavour combinations that would work in this recipe?  Dyou think I could grind up loose tea leaves (earl grey or chai, possibly) and toss them in like I did the lavender?
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Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World

Hello vegan friends:  my copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World is in a box somewhere because I just bought a house and moved.  I know a lot of you also own the book, and I was wondering if you could post a few recipes for me.  I want to make a birthday cake for a friend, and I would love to see the Basic Vanilla Cupcake and Carrot Cupcake recipes, as well as the Fluffy Buttercream Frosting recipe.  

Also, does anyone have any ideas on how to convert the cupcake recipes in the book to a sheet cake or a round layer cake?

Thanks so much!

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request for food processor recipes

so i'm taking a teaching physical science class, and our last project for the class is to teach each other "how stuff works." the students got on a food kick (at the instructor's urging), and they are going to make waffles (waffle maker), coffee (coffee pot), toast (toaster), and in keeping with the food theme, i chose a food processor.

since i'm quite certain the food they're making won't be vegan, i figured i'd make something vegan that i can enjoy, and it might be a good excuse to get to know my food processor better.

so do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share? obviously hummus is a great food processor food, but i wondered what else was out there. something sweet would be right up my alley, as i have an insatiable sweet tooth, but also maybe something sweet would be a great waffle topping? i'd like the ingredients to be fairly simple (or something i can prep a couple hours ahead of time), since i'll be bringing everything to the classroom and making it there.

also, if you don't have a recipe, just some ideas of where one might go with making the most of a food processor would be *really* appreciated.

thanks in advance :)