Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The urge to bake
I telecommute most Wednesdays, and I find I'm often stricken with an urge to bake. Bread is a perfect project because it just needs a few minutes of attention over several hours. I'm not a great bread baker, though. Today I was craving something buttery and nutty, yet vegan and somewhat healthy. And I didn't want to go to the store since I was working, after all, and had to head out immediately after my work day was over.
I found my answer in Dreena's blog, with Raspberry-Coconut squares from The Everyday Vegan. They are delicious! Here is a list of their virtues:
--they don't call for any butter or margarine, yet they taste buttery
--omnivores should note that they call for no "weird" ingredients, and you could use cow milk in place of soy milk
--I used coconut that I had serious doubts about, since it had been sitting in my freezer for at least a year, but they tasted fine (OK, that's my issue)
I modified the recipe by substituting 1/4 cup of pecans for 1/4 cup of the coconut in the base layer. I also sprinkled pecans on top and used 2 T ground flaxseed and 2T flour for the topping instead of the 1/4 cup flour the recipe called for. And yes, I had coconut extract in my pantry. I have a library of extracts.
I should get around to posting our vegan adventures in NYC soon.