Saturday, March 28, 2009

Cinnamon-Bun Ice Cream - Vegan

Vegan Cinnamon Ice Cream
Cinnamon-Bun Ice Cream
modified from Veganomicon
makes about 1.5 quarts

2 C plain, unsweetened soy milk
1 1/3 C raw sugar
1 half vanilla bean, scraped

12 oz silken tofu (1 pkg Nori-Mu brand)
1 C coconut cream (spooned from top of canned coconut milk)
2 t ground cinnamon
1 t pure vanilla extract
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground ginger

2 T maple butter
1 t blackstrap molasses

Combine the milk and sugar in a medium sauce pan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stirr in vanilla bean scraping. Let cool until warm.

In blender, combine tofu, coconut cream, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger and about 6 oz of milk mixture. Process until very smooth.

Place maple butter and molasses in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in remaining milk mixture, making sure that all the butter and molasses are dissolved. Stir, do not whisk, in the blended mixture until color is uniform.

Chill at least 2 hours or overnight before freezing in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's unstructions.

Consume soft-serve just after churning or portion into containers and freeze 2 hours for scoopable ice cream.

JT Cookies - Vegan

Vegan JT Cookies with Orange and Pecan
JT Cookies
the best vegan chocolate chip cookies I've made yet.
makes nearly 2 dozen small cookies

.25 C flaxseed meal
6 T water
2/3 C oil
.25 C plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk
2 C sugar
2 T molasses
1 t salt
1 T pure vanilla extract
3 C flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
2 C semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Creaming method. Incorporate the milk into the sugar along with the oil and molasses.

Bake at 350ºF on lined sheets until light golden brown, 12-14 minutes.

Whole Wheat
This recipes lends itself to whole wheat adaptation very easily. One can replace up to 2/3 of flour with whole wheat white flour without noticably affecting the flavor.

simply use a non-soy milk (plain, unsweetened almond is excellent) and allergen-free chocolate. Enjoy Life brand has some very tasty chocolate chips that are available at many mega-marts.

in progress

1 C chopped bittersweet chocolate
1 C chopped, lightly toasted pecans
1 T orange zest