The Vegan Baker - still testing recipes



I am still testing recipes from the vegan baker. I  made oat bars at the weekend and rich tea bread today.
The oat bars are like a flapjack with a layer of fruit spread in the middle. They tasted good, but there wasn't enough fruit spread in mine to show the filling once sliced, so I would definitely double the fruit spread if I made them again.

Today I made the rich tea bread. Now this can vary in taste depending on what fruit and nut combination you use and what tea you use. I used hibicus today as that was the only herb tea I had and although I don't like the tea, I thought why not, as i haven't got licorice which was one of the suggestions and I wanted to make it today. I am not a fan of any tea, but wanted to make this for my mum and she really liked it and i thought it was ok. 

Next up has got to be the chocolate cake on the front cover. It actually uses agar and I don't have any, but I have loads of greens jellies that I got for 5p so I thought I would try that instead. It may not firm up, but frosting isn't usually this firm anyway and I'm confident it will still taste good.

Previous recipes from the book i've tried are biscotti and lamingtons which I just love on both accounts and brownies were ok.

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GUIDE NINE- Lidl

They do a donut in the bakery section the round one with jam, non of the ring donuts are vegan. Most of there bread is vegan. There bakery list is here.
I know there is lots of biscuits and  a few chocolate bars in flavours such as orange, cranberry and ginger as well as plain ones and there is a apple strudel in the freezer.

They also sell these two palmiers (sweet puff pastry shaped discs) which the supplier says contains traces of milk in the flavourings. They do say may contain milk, so no good for a allergy sufferer. Wonder what delights could be made with these.






 Mortons tarts. The only issue regarding vegan suitability is the Raspberry Jam .  The jam is produced on a line that handles egg, milk and bovine gelatine and may have traces of these present.   All the other ingredients within the cakes are suitable for vegans.  Scotland only.

Lidl now have a deluxe range and have quite a few suitable for vegan products. Including sorbets, assorted stuffed dates (marzipan, pistachio and walnut), almond turron, barbecued almonds, pineapple juice in a bottle (not from concentrate) and strawberry jam! There is also savoury things in the range.

Nice to see the sorbets labelled vegan!



Amongst the cake mixes is a mix for cherry profiteroles. As the ingredients say to add eggs, not sure if they would work with egg replacer or not. Will update if I find out. Haven't checked out the other cake mixes, but there maybe some vegan friendly ones, most shops have some and then just add egg replacer.
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3rd recipe test from The Vegan Baker





Bean and brazil nut brownies

I decided on brownies although i've never had one before and not really keen on chocolate flavoured things, prefer chocolate itself. But my MIL is staying and likes this sort of thing, so this is what I chose for my third experiment. They tasted ok to me. My MIL liked them and I will be giving some to a vegan friend so will see what she says. But its not a recipe I would do again for me, but that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them. I replaced the cashews with brazil nuts and the rice syrup with golden syrup and the beans with black beans and judging my the taste and texture this didn't make a difference.



Previous recipes from the book i've tried are biscotti and lamingtons which I just love on both accounts!

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2nd recipe test from The Vegan Baker book.

 
Just got The Vegan Baker out of the library this week after ordering it in November. First I made a two part list of what I wanted to try, one was the recipes I already had the ingredients for and the other for the recipes I needed to buy some ingredients for. I made the lamington recipe the other day which was very yummy and I would make again. Second recipe I tried yesterday was for biscotti. The recipe was for Pistachio and fennel. But as I didn't have enough pistachio it became pistachio, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed and fennel
biscotti. The recipe is easy to do, just very time consuming as you have to wait for the first bake to cool, before slicing and then bake again.

First bake just out of the oven. 

After waiting for the first bake to cool, you slice them and rebake. This is them just going back in. If you dont wait for them to cool thoroughly they crumble. Its hard to resist just trying to slice and I made this mistake, but eventually waited and the rest sliced OK. 



Worth waiting for and enjoyed with a hot chocolate!

Would definitely make again.
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First recipe test from The Vegan Baker




Just got The Vegan Baker out of the library this week after ordering it in November. Now where to start as there is so many nice looking recipes. First I made a two part list of what I wanted to try, one was the recipes I already had the ingredients for and the other for the recipes I needed to buy some ingredients for. 

First up was Lamingtons. Now I have never heard of these before, but they looked tasty and I had all the ingredients and I so love coconut!

So first you make the cake. The recipe made enough for two cakes. So I have frozen one for another day, as I didn't need that many lamingtons. I substitued the rice syrup for butterscotch syrup, which is butterscotch flavoured golden syrup. This is the cakes cooling.
 Than you make a chocolate sauce for dipping. This is chocolate, margarine, sugar and soya milk. I used orange chocolate as that is what I had. You make the sauce, dip the cake which you have cut into squares into it and let it soak up the sauce. Then roll in desiccated coconut. Done! Yum!

 Fininshed results
The book suggested if you have leftover sauce to serve with them which is what we did and we have some left to serve with the rest. So first cake from book. Very easy and although a little time consuming, very tasty. There did seem to be a lot of ingredients as you use plain flour, oat flour and ground almonds amongst other things, but I would make them again. So a definate recommendation for this recipe.

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A girl called jack book review and Peach and Chickpea curry



Having been a fan of Jack Monroes blog I thought i'd have a look at her book. Its not a vegan cookbook, but many of the recipes are.  The first recipe I tried today was the Peach and Chickpea Curry. We both like it and there is now leftovers for tomorrow which is good. To save time I didn't cook for 30 minutes so mine is more like a stew than a curry, but I could of added less liquid or cooked it for longer. I should of cooked some rice to go with it and will do next time. Very delicious and a recipe I would do again. I am sure the recipe will be on her blog or guardian articles. The book has many recipes I plan to try including a few savoury breads. So far so good. Next recipe to follow soon. 


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Party foods from supermarkets

Due to a great question from one of our followers on party foods available in Morrisons here is a list to the supermarket vegan lists and a list of a few of the foods suitable for a savoury buffet spread. I have only scanned the lists and listed a few of the items on the list. Please note this guide is for reference only and has been put together in a hurry. Ingredients do change frequently, so please use your best judgement. Although the products listed are vegan, they may contain ingredients that some vegans avoid such as palm oil or from supermarkets you don't shop at. Hope this helps some and please send your suggestions in for further foods to add.

Tesco
Latest list, but a new one due in March and they are releasing new vegan foods including spinach and chickpea falafels and sausages.

They have spring rolls, samosas, pakoras and bhajis. Crackers, crisp, tortilla chips, popcorn, nuts, oatcakes and bread. Olives, houmous etc. Soft drinks and booze! Check list for other ideas.


Sainsburys
Latest March 2014 list

Oriental spring roll selection. They have a fresh party food, canapes and olives section. Dips,houmous, breadsticks, crisps, pickles etc. 20 meat free sausage rolls pack in the freezer. No booze on there list.


Morrisons
Don't have a vegan list. They sell a large selection of olives and a large selection of houmous. They sell Linda Mccartney sausage rolls and also sell pastry for making your own 'sausage' rolls. Other things I've spotted are:
   

Aldi
There vegan list is internal only. They do however sell many vegan labeled products and lots of other foods that are vegan, but not labelled so due to 'may contain' issues. They even have a frozen burger range with three different burgers.

M and S
Latest vegan list

The delicatessen section has lots of good bits for a party, houmous, olives, oriental food selection, bhajis, dips. They also have lots of great salads if you wanted a salad bar style buffet. There is also bread sticks, pretzel sticks, crisps, bread etc for dipping. Soft drinks and booze too! Frozen vegetable spring rolls. Under global meals section they have bhajis, two types of  dim sum, samosas, vegetable balls, indian starter selection pack, mini onion bhajis and veg pakoras and rice pancake vegetable spring rolls. They also sell things like pickled onions.  They also have puff and short crust pastry for making party food and things like nuts and chocolate. Check list for other ideas.

Coop
Coop do have a vegan list, you have to email them for it. They sell a Smoky Bean Salad in the salad deli section. Haven't investigated further yet.

Asda
They no longer do a vegan list, but they do sell many savoury items including quite a few frozen vegan items and also include a frozen party pack.


Waitrose
They do a vegan list and used to have it online. For the most uptodate list please email waitrose

Booths -  varies from store to store, not covered in this guide

Lidl - yet to check it out for savoury foods

Iceland - Indian party pack selection when I last checked at Christmas

Farmfoods - Indian party pack selection when I last checked at Christmas

Spar - varies from store to store. Some stores sell vegan foods in the fridge

Other ideas.

Jus Rol have vegan shortcrust and puff pastry so its easy to make vegan sausage rolls and pizza bases too. Jus Rol also do vegan apple danish, pain de chocolat and danish swirls. Just look in the fridge section in the pastry section. Most supermarkets sell some of the range.

I hope to put together a article on party foods soon.

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Savoury pancake

Following on from the 2 ingredient pancake recipe yesterday I used the left over batter that I saved to make a savoury version. I added some dried mixed herbs, dried chives, dried mint and a dried turmeric. Didn't measure the quantities, just added what looked right without it looking too much if you know what I mean.

I wanted to try this frozen ratatouille that you stir fry. I have only had ratatouille out of a can before. It funny I don't like aubergine or green pepper, but I like this. So because of this I am unlikely to ever make it from scratch, so wanted to try it.


So I fried the pancakes in very hot oil and flipped over just at the end as the top was almost all cooked too. Put them aside and cooked the ratatoille. My mum was having hers as is and I added a bit of tomato pasta sauce to mine. The pancake was very yummy and much improved for leaving overnight in the fridge.



I think this frugal pancake will now become a regular addition to our household meals served both sweet and savoury.