The holidays are finally upon us! If the christmas music hasn’t yet gotten to you, kids howling over toys, and the stress of all the shopping will be sure to do the job. Oh the joyous Christmas season. Fight back against selfish consumerism this year by baking gifts! Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit quite like stuffing loved-ones faces with delicious, homemade baked goods. I needed a recipe that would reflect my love for this winter season. What flavor (or flavor combination) would be able to convey that sort of emotion??
Mint? Mint aaand… chocolate, perhaps?
Introducing a Vegan Peppermint Whoopie Pie Recipe perfect for the holiday season!
These babes are adapted from my grandmothers famous classic whoopie pie recipe, with a festive vegan twist! Dense, moist chocolatey goodness make up the cake that is then generously filled with creamy, mint buttercream and sprinkled with crushed candy canes (completely optional). The addition of food-grade (very important!) peppermint essential oil delivers a superb mint flavor that is literally the icing on the cake. It goes along with the rich chocolate almost too well, becoming somewhat of a peppermint patty… cake! Nothing serves quite as much Christmas nostalgia as a creamy chocolate treat with just the right amount of mint.
As festive and delicious as you want them to be!
In my test kitchen for this vegan whoopie pie recipe, I wanted to ramp-up the holiday-factor to an “11”. I bought a box of organic, vegan candy-canes and furiously beat them with my rolling-pin. Unhappy with size inconsistency, I gave up and instead threw them into a coffee grinder with amazingly fast results. I played with mixing the iridescent powder into the frosting, resulting in a gross, goopy mess. I finally opted for dusting the tops, for a nice wintery-powdered look.
As pretty as it looked, the mint flavor from the candy wasn’t as strong as I’d like and would skip this step next time. Feel free to experiment as desired! Omitting the mint will simply deliver a delicious, classic whoopie pie recipe sure to please.
A good vegan pizza crust recipe can be hard to find, let alone make. Once you find an easy one, you end up kneading the dough by hand for 12 hours before rising for another week! I want pizza today, dammit! Fortunately, this dough is insanely easy to make! Simply toss the ingredients into a Kitchenaid and mix on medium-high for a good 10 minutes. Voilà! The dough will be kneaded perfectly by the 10 minute mark, and will start to ball together. Simply let rise and top however you please! We often make vegan “meat-lovers”, cheeze, and veggie styled pies. The one pictured in this recipe includes tomato sauce, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and daiya mozzarella.
Let the machine do all the hard work! No need to spend hours kneading, this Vegan Pizza Crust Recipe is as easy as they come.
The hardest part about making this dough is waiting two hours for it to rise.
Start by throwing (or gently place, if that’s more your style) the ingredients in a kitchenaid, ramp up to medium-high and let it “knead” for about 10 minutes. I won’t look like much, but right towards the end it should ball-up nicely onto the hook. The intense “kneading” process works the gluten around nicely, allowing it to stretch and create long, chewy strands (the real secret to this vegan pizza crust recipe). If you don’t have gluten on hand, either omit, or replace the flours with bread flour. I have made it with exclusively all-purpose, but the chew is definitely worth the extra effort.
What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Let us know in the comments below!
Ask anyone, I love my dog more than I love most people. I do everything I can to keep her safe and healthy! Unfortunately, the pet-food industry is an extremely dirty one. Companies constantly cutting costs (just like the human-food industry) create nightmares for the consumer. From staph and other bacterium contaminates to mystery deaths and illness from treats sourced in China, it seems that no one can be too careful! The best alternative I can think of is to make her treats at home! This was my first attempt at a dog treat recipe, and was pleasantly surprised!
Cut out the crap! A dog treat recipe without the added junk.
I basically threw all of her favorite foods into a dough-mixture that was sure to please. Whole-wheat flour was used for the base, resulting in a nice protein-rich crunch. From here, you can experiment with whichever dog-safe foods your fur-baby likes! I chose banana, pumpkin, cinnamon, and almond butter for the flavor, a flax egg for added omegas for skin and coat health, and rolled oats for a nice texture change (I like to pretend she notices).
After all the patient waiting, Athena finally got the treat she had been faithfully sniffing the oven for!
As soon as they cooled, I broke one in half to test it against the real food critique. A couple of sniffs and BAM!! Cookie disappeared into the depths of the beast’s mouth. Never to be seen or heard from again.. that is, until she realized it was gone and started begging for more. Success! I like to give these out when special attention is needed. Even though this dog treat recipe is fairly healthy (especially compared with store-bought), too much of anything can be hard on their little tummies. We save these for good bath-times, overly successful walks, or advanced tricks she masters! I’m convinced these alone are motivating her more than I ever could!
Let me know how your fur-baby likes them! How did they turn out? Respond in the comments below 🙂
Following a chocolate layer cake recipe can be a daunting task.. trust me! In my test kitchen this week, I had to scrap several full cakes due to improper taste, texture, or size. It sucks to be a perfectionist. Fortunately, going through all this trial and error, I was able to create the most fool-proof vegan chocolate layer cake recipe to date! Easy to follow, easy to recreate, this beauty can be used for any occasion cakes are needed (when are they not!?)
Check your ingredients before departing on your chocolate layer cake recipe adventure!
After almost ruining two cakes, I started to question what I was doing wrong.. My cakes weren’t rising, or they would rise and then sink halfway through baking. I’ve made plenty of cakes before, but it felt as though I was brand new to the science. After doing some research, I discovered that my baking powder had gone stale! When mixed with water, instead of a violent bubbling I got a sad-looking fizz. Who knew it has to be replaced within a year!? That would explain my recent bad-luck with sinking cakes, the powder wasn’t active enough to help them rise! The phrase science of baking is no joke! Everything must be in perfect sync for the baked good to turn out flawlessly.
On to the real fun! And by fun, I mean the chocolately realness that is this cake.
Rich, indulgent, moist, decadent.. I can go on forever about this chocolate layer cake recipe. After many disappointing batches, this cake was everything I could have hoped for. I used my all-purpose buttercream to decorate this beautiful work of art, along with fresh, organic strawberries and raspberries for a nice pop of color! Perfect for any occasion, I purposefully chose the red berries for a nice holiday-feel. Leave them or change it around for an all-reason cake! Birthday? Cake. Bat Mitzvah? Cake. Family reunion? Being so deliciously distracting, this cake could very well be your only escape from your aunt’s favorite game of 1,000 questions.
How did you decorate the cake? How did it turn out? Let us know in the comments below!
Very few dessert components are as functional (and necessary!) as a delicious, easy buttercream frosting recipe. I require mine to be light and creamy enough for beautiful height, all while maintaining a rigid and tacky texture. A sloppy buttercream will not hold a simple layer cake together, let alone deliver precise piping work.
Having gone through hopeless batches of goopy messes, this easy buttercream frosting recipe was an answer to my dreams. I am able to pipe with it, adhere cakes to all kinds of cake-boards, frost cupcakes, and spoon directly into my mouth (please send help). Even better, it only takes a couple of minutes to whip together, quickly becoming my go-to frosting for almost everything!
A new take on an old classic, this easy buttercream frosting recipe is guaranteed to please. Creamy, fluffy, and light in all the right places, a beautiful consistency all comes down to the technique!
Buttercream frostings tend to be fussy about two things; time spent whipping and the butter temperature. If you don’t please the sugar-gods, you’ll have a chunky, oily, melted mess. No thank you. Save yourself the hassle, learn from my mistakes!
- The butter needs to be slightly stiffer than ice cream; solid enough to hold its shape, but soft enough to manipulate. I usually let it sit out for about two hours before making.
- Whipping the mixture is gonna take time, too. Once the butter is ready, cream it together with the shortening until it looks soft and uniform (usually a couple of minutes). Adding the sugar is another four minute mixing procedure, followed by the milk and another six to seven minutes of mixing. All the whipping adds an immense amount of air into the mixture, resulting in a deliciously light frosting!
These guidelines will help create a delectable frosting that is practically all-purpose! For more intricate piping designs and cake-construction, keep the mixture quite thick. Otherwise, add milk to desired consistency!