Category Archives: baking

Gingerbread House Cookies 2017

A few years ago my Postage Stamp Gingerbread House cookies were a hit.

The idea came from this US Postage Stamp.

Using the same templates that I made from the postage stamp above, I created this years Gingerbread House Cookies in the video.  And of course I used my Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Irish Soda Bread

Need a loaf of bread quick? This bread doesn’t have yeast and therefore it won’t take you all day to make it. In fact, it only has 4 ingredients!  What I loved the most about it, the crust is crisp.  This bread is best served with your favorite jam or preserves.

4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups buttermilk (I used reduced fat)

 

Santa Gingerbread Cookies

It was six years ago that I debuted these Santa Gingerbread Cookies on this blog.  You can find it at Santa Baby and here is the picture from back then.  These cookies have evolved slightly with the holly on the hat.

To make the hats, I used the below picture to make the template

Buttermilk Scones

If you watched old episodes of the TV show Baking With Julia on PBS, you may recognize this recipe.  It’s from Julia Childs cookbook titled, Baking With Julia.

3 cups Whole Wheat Pastry flour
1/3 cup Organic Sugar
2 -1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
3/4 tsp Salt
6 ounces cold Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, cut into small pieces (can use unsalted butter too)
1 cup (approximately) buttermilk (I used reduced fat)

(2 ounces) Earth Balance Vegan buttery Sticks or unsalted butter, melted, for brushing
Sugar for dusting

Optional: ground cinnamon, nuts, dried fruit

Star Gingerbread Cookies

Star Gingerbread Cookies
What a beautiful and easy way to make holiday cookies.

Made with Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Cupcakes with Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes. This recipe is from Zabar’s in New York City.

2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks, at room
temperature, plus extra for greasing the pan (can substitute unsalted butter)
1 cup dark brown sugar (can use coconut sugar)
⅓ cup sour cream (I used reduced fat in the video)
½ cup cold coffee or water

Dreidel Hanukkah Gingerbread Cookies

Every year the holidays spring quickly on me.  This year I’m starting my baking and filming early as next week I have jury duty and I really don’t know how my schedule will be.  Hanukkah is early this year so I’ll begin with these cute Dreidel Cookies.

I always use my favorite Gingerbread recipe.

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

This is the best chocolate frosting I’ve ever tasted! I used cooked eggs to make the texture very creamy.

6 ounces dark chocolate (preferably 60% cacao), coarsely chopped
3 ½ ounces unsweetened, coarsely chopped
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 ¾ sticks) Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks
5 extra-large eggs
1 cup coconut/palm  sugar
½ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt

Special Tool
Digital candy thermometer
Tip: If a recipe calls for half a batch of this frosting, halve the quantities listed for a full recipe, but use 3 full eggs.

Apple Crisp Pizza

Apple Crisp Pizza.  You can make this a little bit healthier by either making your own pizza crust (clean eating, vegan, paleo, gluten free, etc), or you can purchase pre-made pizza crust at the health food store.  Many pizza restaurants even sell pizza dough and some will make it gluten free.  Same thing goes for caramel.  I usually make my own and will hopefully make a video soon on how to make your own healthier caramel sauce.

Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
2/3 cup coconut sugar
3 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
4 medium apples (like Gala, Fiji, Braeburn, Empire) peeled and diced into 1/4 inch pieces

TOPPING:
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (I used more coconut sugar in the video)
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegan butter, softened (or you can used real butter)
DRIZZLE:
1/2 cup caramel topping

Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

 

Vegan Snickers Candy

Not only are these snickers vegan, but they are healthier for you.  No refined sugars are added.

For the nougat:
1 cup almond butter
4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

For the filling:
12 large, soft Medjool dates (18 small), pitted (about 3/4 cup packed)
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup chopped peanuts

For the dark chocolate coating:
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil