Friday, March 28, 2014

Single-serve cake

I am still working on the recipe. But, it is getting there... (start to look like Starbucks mini cakes)

Vegan Brownie Bites

The other day, I made baked Ashley’s vegan, GF brownies.  They are fabulous! I baked one baking pan, cooled them and cut them into squares. They freeze well, and are like chocolate ice cream bites, right out of the freezer.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Merry Berry Crumble (vegan)

In the fall, I buy a few extra bags of cranberries. They freeze well, and cakes with cranberries are so delicious.  This is a multi-season fruit crumble --- frozen rhubarb, fresh strawberries and blueberries and frozen cranberries.  A merry berry crumble, full of vitamin C, tart and wonderful for that Sunday afternoon cafe.


Merry Berry Crumble

(makes one large oval baking dish)

Fruit layer:

  • 2 cups of frozen rhubarb, cut into 1.5 inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries (whole)
  • 1.5 cup fresh strawberries and blueberries
  • 4 TB sugar
  • 1/2 orange, juice


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine, melted

Heat oven to 350F.  Butter an oval baking dish (or any baking dish you’d like to serve it in). .
Mix all fruit layer  ingredients in a bowl, and pour into the baking dish.
Mix crumble ingredients in another bowl bake, and distribute over the berries.

Bake for 25 min.



Fast food, the home-made version

I do like good kitchen equipment, like the classic Kitchenaid Standmixer or a Vitamix.

This is about the next wave --- the Kenwood Cooking Chef Machine. So, what is different? This is not just a mixer but it includes induction heating, basically.., can mix your chocolate, butter and sugar for the brownies in the the kitchen standmixer AND melting it right then and there. Cool? Worth to pay $1,500 more? If it does not save money it saves kitchen counter space, for sure.

Another cool appliance is the Phillips Airfryer. It seems like a toaster oven married to a fryer. Only, instead of using oil it uses blasts over hot air to fry chicken and french fries. The benefit? It heats up really fast, and cooks very fast at high temperature.

How to make some 10 min pastry in the Airfryer..

or an entire family dinner... The price tag is ok-ish -- $299.

The new fast food wave…..