October 17th, 2008

Chocolate Cake

Today is my Mothers birthday!
Happy birthday mom.
And she requested my vegan chocolate cake.

not my cake, but a visual aid usually piques my interest in a recipe.
It's not actually mine, if you google "absurdly easy vegan chocolate cake" you'll find it.
Originally a Grange recipe from the depression era when milk and eggs were in short supply.
Very simple, very good.

* 3 cups flour
* 2 cups sugar
* 6 tablespoons cocoa
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 cup vegetable oil
* 2 tablespoon vinegar
* 2 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cup cold water

Directions
Mix the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients. Stir until smooth. Bake in two greased, floured pans at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Makes two layers of a two-layer 9-inch or 8-inch round cake, or medium small sheet cake. When cool, frost it.
I usually spread raspberry jam in between the layers.

Beer Bread

I made a beer bread recipe last night.  Super easy, and tasty, just on the sweeter side than normal bread.  I had to stop myself from munching on it last night after it was cool enough to cut!  It would probably be really yummy mixed with nuts or fruits too.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) beer  (check out vegan brands at barnivore )
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine/butter, melted
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DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with oil spray.
  
Beat the beer and brown sugar together in a mixing bowl to make a smooth mixture. Add the baking powder, and gradually stir in the flour to make a smooth dough. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. 


Remove the bread from the oven, and pour melted butter over the top. Return to the oven, and continue baking until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 10 minutes more. Cool in pan 5 minutes before turning out onto a rack. Cool bread 10 minutes more before slicing.
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mushrooms

So, I suddenly have a LOT of button mushrooms and they need to be eaten pretty much the next few days. I happen to LOVE mushrooms, which is super awesome, and I want to use a bunch of them in a dish, but I'm not sure how. I usually just chuck em in with some other vegies in a stir fry or pasta sauce, or fry them up with garlic and marg. (OMG that is sounding so yum).

So, thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? Recipes? links? 

All appreciated. =)

Apple cider

Does anyone know where I can get organic apple cider? Even if it's online?

I tried Whole Foods Market, and they said they might get some in closer to Halloween... And I tried another health food store, and they didn't have any.

I try to eat as much organic as possible, but I'll just get regular cider if no one knows of any organic.

To keep on topic with the community, I need it to make some cider mashed sweet potatoes. SO good. You just add apple cider to the sweet potatoes when mashing.

Iswari's Dark Chocolate Brownies (Variation on My Earlier Recipe)

Oh. My. God. If you like deep, dark, chewy (not cakey or fudgy) brownies...this is IT! Some of you may recall the brownie recipe I posted here some time ago....this is an adaptation of that, which subs dark cocoa powder for regular, dark chocolate for semisweet chips and is a bit thicker. I am absolutely thrilled with how these came out and I don't say that lightly.



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