Vegan millionaire’s shortbread

Vegan millionaire's shortbread

I’ve been seriously confused for a while about how to make vegan millionaire shortbread. How can you possibly replace that much condensed milk?! I’ve found a way, it changes the taste slightly, but not too much for it to be unrecognisable from the non-vegan version of millionaire’s shortbread. Whilst it tastes very similar, I genuinely think it tastes better, so yay, making it vegan improved it!

Makes roughly 12 slices

Ingredients:

For the shortbread

250g plain flour
100g caster sugar
175g vegan margarine

For the caramel

100g vegan margarine
125g light brown sugar
300g vegan peanut butter

For the topping

200g vegan chocolate

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180’C/Gas mark 4. Lightly grease/line a 30 x 20cm tin.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour and caster sugar in a bowl.
  3. Rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Knead the mixture together until it forms a dough, then press into the base of the already lined/greased tin.
  5. Prick the shortbread lightly with a fork and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes or until firm to the touch and very lightly browned. Cool in the tin.
  6. Whilst the shortbread cools, melt the margarine in a saucepan along with the sugar. When it has melted and combined, add the peanut butter and combine in the saucepan for about 5 minutes (it will thicken)
  7. Then spread the peanut butter mixture over the shortbread and leave to cool (approx. 1 hour, probably a little longer, as I got impatient towards the end and put it in the fridge)
  8. For the topping, melt the chocolate. Then pour over the cold (do not do this before it is cold!) peanut butter mix and leave to set. Cut into squares or bars.

Vegan vanilla cupcakes with raspberry icing

Vegan vanilla cupcakes

Makes 16 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the Cake

250g plain flour
3tsp baking powder
200g sugar
75ml oil
250ml soya milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
3 tsp vanilla essence

For the icing

100g vegan margarine
150g icing sugar
1 handful of raspberries

Method:

For the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c
  2. Pour the soya milk into a jug and add the cider vinegar, set aside to curdle
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl
  4. Add the sugar and mix well
  5. Put 16 cupcake cases in a muffin tray
  6. Pour the jug of milk/cider vinegar, the oil and vanilla essence into the flour and mix well until incorporated. Don’t overmix.
  7. Divide the mixture equally between the cupcake cases (they should be 3/4 full as they will rise)
  8. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes (the cupcakes will be ready when a toothpick comes out clean or when it springs back when touched)
  9. Take the cupcakes out of the tray and leave to cool for 30/40 minutes on a cooling rack before icing

For the icing

  1. In a blender, put the vegan margarine, icing sugar and a handful of raspberry (or you could use another berry) and blend until you have a thick paste
  2. Put the icing on the cupcakes, then eat and enjoy!

Vegan chocolate covered flapjack

The last flapjack recipe I posted was more sweet, crisp and crumbly, you can find that recipe here. I decided to experiment with the recipe and I have made the most perfect (really you could definitely sell it in a cafe) flapjack recipe, and added some chocolate on top. It’s both chewy and crunchy at the same time, finding the right balance between the two is usually impossible. In the words of Sam “it’s a very good flapjack” 😉

Makes about 16 slices

Ingredients:

250g porridge oats
125g vegan margarine
100g light soft brown sugar
3 tbsps golden syrup
125g vegan chocolate

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c
  2. Pour the oats into a large bowl
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, sugar and the golden syrup and mix well
  4. Pour the melted mixture over the oats and mix well
  5. Put the mixture into a lined or greased baking tin and press down until smooth
  6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your tin (or until golden brown)
  7. Once the flapjack has been baked, take it out of the oven and leave it to cool for 10 minutes (do not take out of the tin yet)
  8. Melt the chocolate, then pour the chocolate on top of the flapjack
  9. Leave to cool on the side or in the fridge until the chocolate solidifies
  10. Take the flapjack out of the tin and cut into small slices
  11. Eat and enjoy!

Vegan golden syrup cake

Golden syrup cake

Ingredients:

100g margarine
75g sugar
200g plain flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
150g golden syrup
150ml boiling water

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c

  2. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper or margarine.

  3. Beat together the sugar and margarine until combined, then slowly mix in the golden syrup

  4. Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix well

  5. Then mix in the boiling water

  6. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes (on the lower shelf), then cool on a rack

  7. Eat and enjoy!

Engagement party

A few days ago I had an engagement party which I used as an excuse to try out new recipes on willing guinea pigs. Also I wanted a party.

Here are a few pictures of the yummy food I made (along with the help of my brilliant housemates):

Sweet treats

I made:
Chocolate cake
Apple crumble cake
Rocky road
Lemon biscuits
Banana muffins

Obviously the food was all vegan, and all yummy! I also made a loaf of white bread with thyme and lots and lots of falafel, recipes to follow soon, so keep an eye out for them!

White bread with thyme

Falafel

 

 

 

 

 

 

The food (especially the cakes) disappeared almost as quickly as the wine…..

Vegan apple crumble cake

Vegan apple crumble cake

Ingredients:

For the dough (and crumbles on top)

300g flour
100g sugar
200g margarine
1 small banana

For the filling

8 apples (preferably gala)
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c
  2. Take a 28cm/11″ round tin and grease it with vegan margarine
  3. Mash a banana in a little bowl (the banana shouldn’t be too ripe because it is used to bind the dough, so it shouldn’t taste too much like bananas)
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, margarine and mashed banana until you have a firm dough
  5. Take 3/4 of the dough and line the baking tin with it, on the bottom and the sides (only half way up the sides)
  6. Using a fork, poke some holes in the dough, then bake the dough in the oven for 5 – 8 minutes
  7. Peel, core and slice the apples and put them into a saucepan, then add some water (enough to cover), 3 tbsp sugar and 1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon (depending on taste)
  8. Stir it continuously until the apple rise top and the apples start to go a bit mushy
  9. Put the stewed apples onto the dough, spread it evenly, then use the rest of the dough to make crumbs, and spread them on top of the apples on the cake
  10. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes (until the crumbs and the sides are golden brown)
  11. Eat and enjoy!

The best vegan chocolate cake

Ultimate vegan chocolate cake

This is a big claim to make I know, but honestly, this cake is glorious. After numerous chocolate cake failures (see here) I have managed to make the most delicious chocolate cake ever. I made it for my engagement party (I’ll post more about that soon with pictures of the yummy things I baked) and everybody loved it. It’s quite sweet, so be warned, but its a great cake for parties (people will be very impressed when you tell them it’s vegan!)

Ingredients:

For the cake

250g/9oz plain flour
250g/9oz sugar
3tsp baking powder
75ml oil
75g/2.5oz cocoa powder
250ml soya milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla essence

For the icing

100g/3.5oz vegan margarine
125g/4.5oz icing sugar
25g/1oz cocoa powder

Method:

For the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/350f
  2. Pour the soya milk into a jug and add the cider vinegar, set aside to curdle
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into a large bowl
  4. Add the sugar and mix well
  5. Line a 23cm/9′ tin (it will work with a slightly bigger tin but NOT with a smaller one as the middle will collapse
  6. Pour the jug of milk/cider vinegar/oil and vanilla essence into the flour and mix well until incorporated. Don’t overmix.
  7. Bake for 25 – 35 minutes (the cake will be ready when a toothpick comes out clean or when it springs back when touched)
  8. Let the cakes cool in the tin for 20 minutes before taking them out of the tin
  9. Leave to cool for another 30/40 minutes before icing

For the icing

  1. Combine the vegan margarine and icing sugar
  2. Add the cocoa powder and beat until smooth
  3. Put the icing on the cake, eat and enjoy!

Vegan waffles (German style)

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You will need a German waffle iron (heart shaped) for this recipe

This will serve about 2 hungry people!

Ingredients:

250g flour
75g sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp oil
250ml soya milk (or other non-dairy milk)
50ml water
Oil/vegan margarine to grease the iron

Method:

  1. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients
  2. Then add the soya milk, water and oil and stir well. The mix should be fairly liquid, so add a little more soya milk if you need it.
  3. Turn on the waffle iron and leave it to heat, lightly grease the iron using oil or margarine
  4. Using a ladle, scoop the mixture into the middle of the waffle iron and bake (only put one scoop in and not enough to cover the whole iron as it will expand)
  5. When finished, take the waffle out of the iron, serve with icing sugar, fruit, ice cream, golden syrup or anything else and eat and enjoy!

Vegan rocky road

Rocky Road

Ingredients:

225g/8oz vegan digestive biscuits
115g/4oz vegan margarine
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
125g/4 1/2 oz melted vegan chocolate
Vegan marshmallows (Optional as they’re difficult to track down)

Method:

  1. In a plastic bag or a medium sized bowl, break up the digestive biscuits
  2. Melt the margarine, golden syrup and cocoa powder in a saucepan
  3. In a medium sized bowl add the biscuits (if they’re not already in one) and then the ingredients from the saucepan, mix well.
  4. (Optional) add the marshmallows and mix well
  5. Put the mix from the bowl into a baking tin and press down well
  6. Melt the chocolate in a pan, when it has melted, pour it over the other ingredients evenly
  7. Place the tin in the fridge for 15 minutes (or until cool)
  8. Slice into bars, then eat and enjoy!

Vegan spicy bean burgers

Vegan bean burger

Makes 6 small burgers

Ingredients:

2 tins red kidney beans (approx. 800g if you use dried beans)
1 1/2 medium sized onions
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp plain flour (and extra flour for coating the burgers)
4 tbsp vegetable oil (and extra for frying)
1 garlic clove
1 vegetable stock cube

Method:

  1. Bring some water to the boil in a pan and dissolve the vegetable stock cube (and half a tsp chilli powder if you want them particularly spicy) in the boiling water
  2. Add the kidney beans to the boiling water, boil for the recommended amount of time according to the tin (or packet if they’re dried), then for an extra 5 – 10 minutes so that they start to go a little mushy (then they’ll be easier to mash and shape)
  3. Whilst the beans are boiling, dice the onions and peel the clove of garlic (do not chop it up). Put some oil in a frying pan and when it is hot, add the onion and the clove of garlic, then fry until the onions are sauteed (slightly translucent, not at all brown/burnt) then pick out the clove of garlic and bin it and set aside the onions.
  4. Drain the beans when they are done and put them into a medium sized bowl
  5. Using a potato masher, mash the beans
  6. In another large sized bowl, put in the flour, chili, cayenne pepper, curry powder, black pepper, salt and oil and mix together to form a paste
  7. Add the mashed beans and onions into the large bowl (that has the paste in) and mix it thoroughly.
  8. Put flour on a surface and on your hands, then shape the mixture into 6 small balls, flatten the balls into burger shapes and coat in flour on the outside
  9. Leave the burgers to cool on the surface for 10 – 15 minutes
  10. In a large frying pan add some oil (and wait for it to get hot), then add three of the burgers and fry for about 3 minutes on each side (fry them until they go brown and crispy, but make sure they don’t burn), repeat with the remaining three burgers
  11. Serve with bread, a salad and sauces of your choice for the perfect bean burger, eat and enjoy!