March 24, 2013
I love afternoon tea. I took a basic drop biscuit recipe and made it a bit more special by adding dried rosemary and mint leaves.
1 2/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/2 tablespoons dried mint leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons dried rosemary leaves
Preheat oven to 475 degrees fahrenheit
Lightly grease a cookie sheet
In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, mint and rosemary. Add almond milk and oil and stir until combined. Make dough into golf ball sized balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.
These biscuits are delicious when served with white tea.
March 23, 2013
I made really delicious scones this morning. They were a total experiment. I am making an effort to eliminate processed sugar from my diet, and so I used honey in these instead of white sugar. I can hear the questions...honey? That's not vegan! No, technically it is not. After weighing the pros and cons I made the personal choice that the health benefits of local honey are numerous and I will keep it in my diet. There are two local beekeepers within 10 miles of my home.
Here is my recipe:
1 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer
2 tablespoons water
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt...or 1/4 if you want them to be less salty
pinch of baking soda
3/4 cup nondairy butter, cold
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup local honey (dissolved into almond milk)
2 to 3 tablespoons almond milk (for brushing the tops of scones)
cinnamon (for sprinkling on top of scones)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit
Lightly oil a cookie sheet
In a food processor blend water and Ener-G Egg Replacer until thick and creamy. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and use a pastry cutter or large fork to cut the butter into the flour. You should have a crumbly flour and butter mixture. (if you want to jazz up the recipe with dried fruit you can add those at this stage.
Add the milk and honey mixture and the egg replacer mixture and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. It will make your scones tough. Once the dough starts to come together, place on a lightly floured surface and work into two logs. Flatten the logs and cut into triangle shapes with a butter knife.
Place on the prepared cookie sheet and brush on a small amount of almond milk quickly followed by a sprinkling of cinnamon.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cook on a wire rack.
March 14, 2013
For my sweater I choose a green yarn that has flecks of blue. The yarn is made by Plymouth Yarn. It is their Encore Chunky. I am using US size 10 circular needles. I casted on the neck with a 16" cable and proceeded to a 29" needle.
The pattern is "The Incredible, Custom-fit Raglan Sweater. You can keep up with the progress of my sweater by visiting my Ravelry page: PamieA on Ravelry
March 2, 2013
Have I mentioned that I've recently become totally into wine? I love having a glass (or two) with dinner. Luke and I visited a local winery this morning (Heritage Vineyards Winery). We've always admired the grapes that were growing in the fields all through Mullica Hill, but never visited this little gem of a shop.
The winery is family owned by Bill and Penny Heritage. When we walked in, Penny gave us a warm greeting. The shop contains tables and shelves of wine-related items, such as felted wine bottle cozies, wine racks, and grapeseed lip balm. They also have a variety of foods, such as pastries, cheese, and locally made honey (from one of our other favorite family-owned shops, Fruitwood Orchards). They have a wine tasting bar where you can sample before you purchase. The tasting fee is $5 for samples of 5 different wines that you choose from a list of 18. It was 10am when we arrived so we did not do a tasting.
An added bonus to this already fantastic place is that they have a cow, sheep, goats and chickens out back! This totally MADE my day!
|The goat COULD NOT get enough attention! The brown sheep kept licking my hand with his/her warm tongue but DID NOT want me to pet him/her. The other sheep was the same way.|
|These chickens made the most lovely chirping sound when I crouched down to talk to them.|
February 24, 2013
Before I was vegan, I made these awesome pancake-like things called Ebelskivers. I've missed them so much so I decided to pair my vegan pancake recipe with the Ebelskiver technique. The main difference is the texture. Ebelskivers have a very pastry-like quality while these are more like pancakes. I think they are just as good. They taste great served warm or cold. When eaten cold they are very similar to donuts!
I varied the filling in this batch: strawberry jelly, crunchy peanut butter, and chocolate peanut butter.
The secret to these filled pancakes is the pan used to make them. The one I have was a wedding gift. If you want to try Ebelskivers or my version you can buy the pan at Williams Sonoma.
Pam's (vegan) Pancakes1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg replacer (I use Ener-G)
1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon sugar
- Mix wet ingredients in a medium bowl. (Follow the directions on the Ener-G box. The Ener-G powder, combined with the water goes into this wet ingredients combination.
- Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly pour in the wet ingredients and stir with a whisk until smooth.
- To make the pancakes- make sure the pan is warm (medium heat setting). Brush the hollows of the pan with melted Earth Balance.
- Spoon a tablespoon of batter into each hollow. Immediately spoon 1/2 teaspoon of filling on top. Then put just enough batter on top of the filling to encapsulate the filling (about a tablespoon)
- Once the batter puffs up, has bubbles, and looks dry on the sides, use chopsticks to rotate the pancake so the top is now on the bottom and in the hollow. William Sonoma's website has a video on how to turn the pancakes.
I have seen vegan Ebelskiver recipes on the internet but have not tried them. If you find one that you like please share!