Saturday, April 27, 2013

Deviled Potatoes

I found this recipe while browsing my favorite vegan websites one night.  Now, I don't think I ever actually ate a traditional deviled egg before I was vegan, as I don't really like mayonnaise or really hard boiled eggs that much.  But this recipe looked delicious and simple and perfect for vegan Easter.  It would also be an impressive item for any potluck or picnic.

I followed the recipe found here and added some garlic and onion powder.  Garnish with paprika and dill.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Italian Apple Cake with Pastry Cream

The Original
Do you all remember my post from last summer about the best meal I ever ate?  At a family owned Tuscan vineyard I had a delicious, five course lunch that ended with an outrageously good dessert: pear cake with pastry cream and macerated strawberries.  I've thought a lot about the meal but I never dreamed of veganizing it until a few weeks ago.  There's a new vegan company that makes "The Vegg" a vegan egg yolk product.  They sent me a package for free but I didn't know what I would do with it.  Fast forward last week to when I was watching the Barefoot Contessa at my parents house while on spring break.  She made strawberry tarts with pastry cream.  As she beat five egg yolks with sugar it was like a lightbulb went off in my head.  I can do that now!  I found a recipe for Italian apple cake that seemed very similar to the pear cake I add.  And then I spent yesterday bringing it all together.

The Vegan

Pastry Cream (adapted from Ina Garten):
  • 2 teaspoons of the vegg + 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups scalded almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance buttery spread
  • 1 tablespoon vegan coffee creamer (or more almond milk)
In a small blender blend the vegg with almond milk.  It will look and smell like real egg yolks almost instantly, it's crazy.  In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment beat the yolks with sugar on medium high speed for 4 minutes, until thick.  Reduce to low speed and add the cornstarch.

Keep the mixer on low then add the scalded milk.  Pour all of the mixture back into a saucepan and cook on low heat.  Stir with a wooden spoon constantly, until it thickens.  This will take about 5 to 7 minutes.  When it appears to be almost boiling switch to a whisk and whisk vigorously for two minutes.  When the mixture is very thick, like a pudding, add the vanilla, butter, and creamer.  Pour the pastry cream into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and cool in the fridge.  Serve cold.

Apple Cake (original recipe here):
  • Earth Balance buttery spread + flour for dusting the pan
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax seed + 6 tablespoons water)
  • 1 Ener-G egg (1 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G egg + 2 tablespoons water)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Earth Balance buttery spread, melted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (I used granny smith)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting as a garnish
 Preheat the oven to 350.  Butter and flour an 8-inch spring form pan.

Combine the flax and Ener-G eggs with sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment.  Beat for about 5 minutes, until thick.  Gradually add the flour, milk, and butter.  Scrape down the sides after adding each ingredient.  Increase speed to medium high and beat for 3 minutes.  Add the baking powder and vanilla, beating for an additional 2 minutes.

Pour the batter into your prepared pan.  Arrange the apple slices vertically, core side down.  Begin laying the apple slices at the outside of the pan, working to the center.

Bake for about 50 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for ten minutes, then remove the sides of the pan.  Dust with powdered sugar and serve with pastry cream and fresh fruit.    

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Southwestern Style Pizza

I'm sorry about the hiatus but I'll spare you with my whining about how busy grad school makes me and get straight to this recipe.  I make pizza roughly once a week.  I usually make a BBQ tofu pizza (which eventually I'll post the recipe for that one too) but this past week I wanted something different.  I had a package of Daiya pepperjack style shreds instead of mozzarella, and that was the basis for my inspiration.  I poked around my pantry, freezer, fridge, and produce bowl and came up with this beauty.

Southwestern Pizza:
  • 1 recipe pizza dough (your favorite or pick it up from your local grocery store)
  • Tomato sauce (I think salsa would also be great)
  • Daiya pepperjack cheese
  • Nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup corn kernels (canned or defrosted frozen)
  • 1/3 cup cooked black beans
  • 1/2 small onion, sliced (red onion would also be good)
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
Preheat your oven to 450 (or whatever temperature is recommended for your pizza dough recipe).  Shape your dough on a pizza pan.  Spread your preferred amount of sauce.  Spread a thin amount of cheese.  Even spread corn, beans, onion, and cilantro.  Top with sliced avocado, then sprinkle a bit more cheese and nutritional yeast.  Bake for 15-17 minutes, until the crust is brown and the cheese is brown and bubbly.  Slice and serve.

If you're skeptical about baking avocado, I also think topping your cooked pizza with homemade guacamole would also be delicious.  Other potential toppings would be vegan chorizo, bell peppers, or jalapenos.  The possibilities are endless!