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3.31.2010

Double Layer Chocolate Banana Bars

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The last few days have been nice and gorgeous. I cannot believe that we are going to be reaching a near 70 degrees tomorrow! Along with the nice weather are the birds I get to see outside my window. Well, birds and squirrels.

I recently found out that our neighborhood squirrels have been rummaging around in our trash bin like a couple of raccoons? Me thinks they did not store up enough food during the harvest! :) I check the trash bin and find out that there is a gaping hole in the back and they have been making holes in our trash bags. We decided that we would start using the bin right next to it because I DO NOT feel like intruding a squirrel in our trash. I can only picture the scene in Monty Phython's Quest for the Holy Grail where the rabid rabbit is attacking the village. LOL
On a lighter note, here is a picture of the lovely robins lingering in our yard.

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If you have not noticed, I have been baking alot of items with chocolate and bananas. I buy bananas for Ryan and I but Ryan will only consume them if they are slightly green and I cannot eat so many at a time. I usually like to freeze them and use them in a smoothie, but sometimes I just want to bake something with them.

I called this recipe a bar because I can cut them in sqaures but they are more cakey than a gooey bar. It came out super delicious with an even flavor of chocolate and bananas. I chose to go with peanuts than the normal walnut or pecan fare just because I know my husband likes it. He was happy. ;)

The recipe has flaxseed meal and whole wheat pastry flour for a healthier kick! Enjoy this with a cup of delicious coffee!

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Double Layer Chocolate Banana Bars
makes 12 bars

1/2 cup Earth Balance margarine
1 cup vegan sugar
1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer
2 Tbsp water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Green & Black unsweetened cocoa
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup crushed peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 by 9 square glass dish.

In a small bowl, cream margarine and sugar until creamy. Mix egg replacer with water and mix well and add to sugar mix along with the vanilla. Add mashed bananas and mix well.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Divide batter in half.

Add cocoa to one half of the batter and mix well until blended. Add that chocolate batter to the glass dish and smooth over. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of peanuts on top of the layer.

Cover with the light banana batter and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and peants.

Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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3.30.2010

A Chilean Feast for Eight

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Ever since I heard about the earthquakes in Chile, I felt sad that I had not met most of my distant relatives, from cousins to aunts and uncles. I lost my Chilean grandmother to bone cancer 7 years ago and to this date it still bothers me that I did not know much about her and her life. What she did leave me were memories of her most wonderful cooking.

She never focused on recipes and she really did not have a chart of measurements. I think it was on one occasion that I asked if I could come over and she could teach me a little about the recipes she always made. I told her that I wanted to share this with my future family. Sure enough, a date was set and I came over. She showed me how to make Pan Amasado, which are Chilean-style bisquits eaten during tea or with a meal. Yet again, I could not write them down, as told by my grandmother, but memorize them. Sadly, I was only shown how to make 2 to 3 recipes. The other recipes I remember by watching her making it for a dinner or I remember simply my taste and flavor.

I try not to be saddened by the fact that I do not have her around anymore, but I thank God for being able to remember a little, which is the reason that inspired this dinner party we had this past Saturday.

Ryan and I decided to invite the single guys from the graduate program at MSU, since I heard that most of them do not socialize. Who is socializing? It is time for heavy studying! Thus the reason we decided to provide delicious food for these guys.

I took a bit of time menu planning for this party and even had a request from my husband! I knew it was going to be an exciting time serving 7 men in a duplex! LOL When I finally honed in selections this is what I finished with:

  1. Carne Asada (Grilled Meat) + MATCH meat for me
  2. Chilean Chimichurri Sauce (Secret Sauce)
  3. Ensalada Rusa (Russian Potato Salad)
  4. Ensalada de Pimentones Colorados (Multi-Colored Pepper Salad)
  5. Porotos verdes (Green beans)
  6. Mojitos
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Ryan was in charge of making the dessert, which in order not to limit him to choices, he decided to make Cooks Illustrated Bread Pudding. The guys came over and brought delicious red wine to enjoy!

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A small explanation here: I know I have had this discussion before, but if I am serving non-vegans, I am going to try to make something they would like. Serving 7 men was not asking for a creative vegan dish but just plainly serving a meat and potato dish a la Chilena. I made my beef out of soy protein provided by MATCH vegan meats. It was delicious!!
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Vegan Carne Asada
serves 1
1 cup Match ground "beef "
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 Tbsp onion, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Heat a non-stick pan with 2 tsp olive oil on medium.

Thaw the Match meat and take a cup and place in a small bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Form into a pattie about 1/2 inch thick.

Cook for 5 minutes on each side. Serve with Chimichurri sauce.

The guys all labeled this sauce as "THE SECRET SAUCE" even though I did not call it as such. They liked it SO much that I regretted not making more for my company. My Grandmother would make this sauce ALL the time when grilling meat and it was out of this world tasty!
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Chilean Chimichurri Sauce (Grandmother's recipe)makes 1 1/3 cup

1 cup medium Pace Picante Sauce
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup cilantro, chopped
2 cloves, minced
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
4 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sugar

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On a cutting board, chop the cilantro finely. In a small bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well. Can be made the night before or refrigerate before serving with meal.
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Papa Rusa (Russian Potato Salad)Serves 8

16 red potatoes, diced 1-inch cubes
8 carrots, diced
5 small garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup Veganaise
1/2 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground pepper
1 1/2 cup parsley, chopped finely

Boil the potatoes whole for 15 minutes. Let them cool for 15 minutes.

Peel the potatoes and diced them in 1-inch cubes. Steam them for 5-7 minutes or until cooked.

Peel the carrots and boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and cool. Dice the carrots.

In a large bowl, combine the carrots with the potatoes. (I worked on this process the night before and refrigerated the potatoes.) The potatoes must be cooled down before adding the rest of the ingredients or else it turns into mashed potatoes.

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Add the rest of the ingredients and slowly mix with a spatula until well blended. Salt to taste. Best when refrigerated before serving but delicious at room temperature.
This is more of a greek salad that my husband requested so do not be confused. It is not Chilean. :)
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Ensalada de Pimentones Colorados (Multi-Colored Pepper Salad)serves 8

4 whole peppers (1-yellow, 2-red, and 1-orange pepper, chopped 1/2-inch cubes)
2 English cucumbers, chopped 1/2-inch cubes
2 tomatoes, chopped 1/2 inch cubes
3/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half
1 red onion, chopped 1/2-inch cubes
(1 cup Feta cheese, optional)
1 Tbsp Italian seasonings
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Serve immediately. Keeps for one day.

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If you would like the recipe for the bread pudding, please email me. Thanks!


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3.28.2010

Sun-dried Tomato and Leek Quiche

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This was a brand new recipe for me this past week that turned out to be so delicious and suprisingly better than I imagined. Ever since I decided to omit cheese and eggs from my daily meals, I have been looking for great substitutes. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a decent vegan cheese, so I decided to take a rest from trying new products. On the other hand,eggs have been easier to forget. Ever since I discovered tofu scramble I decided that tofu was a delicious substitute.

On my next culinary adventure I decided to try a quiche. I always enjoyed quiche for a lunch or a brunch, but I chose to make this recipe for dinner with a nice green salad. When I read the recipe I was skeptical of the ingredients, but I decided to go with my cooking instincts.

What was the result? The quiche was a fantastic success and even Ryan liked it. The original recipe calls for it to be make as a 9 inch tart but I decided to make personal quiches. I had to play with the ingredients because I did not have all the items but it came out just as delicious. I did have leftover filling, but I used this as patties and placed on a green salad the next day.YUM!

Since I have been getting some requests for step by step methods, I was able to capture this recipe in steps. Enjoy!

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Sun-dried Tomato and Leek Quiche
adapted from Vegetarian Times


makes 4 small tarts
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Crust
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup whole almonds
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
Filling
4 Tbs. olive oil, divided
1 large leek, white and light green parts chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1.5-inch cubes
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp miso paste
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp Italian seasonings
1/4 cup chopped reconstituted sun-dried tomatoes, drained

Crust
Preheat oven to 350F. Coat four 5-inch tart pans with cooking spray. Pulse flour, pine nuts, almonds and baking powder in food processor until finely ground. Whisk together almond milk, oil and salt in bowl. Stir in flour mixture. Press into pan. Bake 5 minutes, then cool.
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Filling
Heat 1 Tbs. oil in skillet over medium heat.

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Add leeks, and saute' 8 minutes, or until softened. Set aside.

Bring large saucepan of water to a boil. Add tofu, and simmer 5 minutes.

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Drain, and pat dry.

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Whisk together remaining oil, lemon juice, miso, garlic and salt in bowl.
Add tofu and blend with an immersion blender.

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Stir in breadcrumbs, Italian seasonings, sun-dried tomatoes and leeks.

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Spoon filling into crust.
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Bake 40 minutes, or until crust is browned. Cool 5 minutes, then unmold.
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3.25.2010

Taste Tripping with the Miracle Berry

Last night a friend and I were able to venture out to Renos for a taste tripping event to experience the Miracle Berry I talked about 2 posts ago. We arrived 10 minutes after the event started and we noticed there were at least 10 people there already waiting to get their berry and items to try after consuming the berry.

I met Lisa Nowak who is a co-owner of the The World's Best Fruit who explained how the berry works and where it came from and how it is just now coming to the US and being made known to the public. She found me through the Foodbuzz community and invited me out to the event and I invited a friend.

When we got there, we were given a ticket to receive one berry each, and a ticket to get our fruit plate and drinks.


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The berry was frozen so we were supposed to let it thaw in our mouths and then swoosh it in our mouths. The peel of the fruit soon enough slipped off and I could taste the pulp. It tasted nice nothing particularly grand but we were told not to bite through the pit since it was nasty tasting.

We were given a wedge of fresh lemon, lime, and orange and 4 different sample drinks. These were grapefruit, lime, lemon based and SUPER sour and VERY gross. The third drink was Guiness. Once we had let the berry swoosh in our mouths for a minute, we waited for 2 minutes and then removed the pit from our mouths. We proceeded to taste each drink that had previously tasted SUPER SOUR.

The result? Every drink was SO much more enjoyable and made them palatable. It was very weird and strange to just think it was sour had just become sweet in our mouths. The Guiness tasted like a chocolate drink, smooth but not as bold and bitter, which I do not mind normally.

The fresh citrusy slices were VERY delicious! It was like consuming lemonade and limeade at an instant. I wanted to eat the rind as well but I exercised self-discipline! LOL! AFter we had done our taste testing, I continued to drink water which had a slight sweetness, but this expierence lasted an hour for ME. I also just allowed the pit to stay in my mouth for MY OWN experiment. It seemed to continue to work even past the hour.

Now what would the purpose be for this little fruit supplied in tablet form? I think it would be beneficial for diabetics or patients undergoing chemotherapy, but we I found out that it would be beneficial during the winter for fruits that JUST have happened to be cut green and are sour. I dislike addingtons of sugar to fruit that COULD have been consumed in its natural state. Have you not have a box of strawberries that were just tasteless? You could have this tablet and finish the pint off without having to thrown them out or add sugar! I think it is fantastic!

Trying to watch your sugar intake or dieting? This would allow you to eat otherwise healthy items with a sweeter taste with no added sugar. Yet again, they have something going here.

Our experience was great and even better, my photo was in the paper this morning on campus! LOL

http://www.statenews.com/index.php/article/2010/03/msu_club_hosts_flavortripping_party
Photo taken by Kat Petersen @The State News.

3.24.2010

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

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I was glad to see the beautiful sunshine yesterday after several days of cold and wet weather with a few snowflakes here and there. I thought Texas was pretty bad, but this random weather I hear is not abnormal for Michigan.

This past week I was part of a fundraising event for the Holland Chorale. There were a total of 15 singers I believe that sang different selections from operas and shows. It was an all together successful evening. Of course I have to mention that my husband played for me and half the other performers, so I was glad about that. I leave you with 2 selections I sang at this event that proves I sing opera! :)





This banana bread comes from the Babycakes cookbook and is gluten-free and vegan! It was very moist and lasted for a long time. If you want only one loaf, make sure to half the recipe. I made the normal recipe and before adding the chocolate chips, I split the dough in half and made one with chips and one without.

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I made this recipe for a ladies gathering since there was at least one lady I knew was gluten-free.
I have to say that this was a very delicious version of banana bread different than any other recipe I have ever made. Since it is dairy free you would figure this to be dry but the coconut oil and the bananas make this dense and moist. It goes well with tea or coffee for sure!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
makes 2 loafs
from
Babycakes cookbook
2 cups Bob Mill's gluten-free all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup agave nectar
2/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup fresh mashed banana (I used 1 cup since that is all I had)
1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease two 7x4x3-inch loaf pans.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, xantham gum, salt, and cinnamon. Add 1/2 C. oil and agave nectar, almond milk, and vanilla to dry ingredients. Stir until batter is smooth. Fold in bananas. Fill greased loaf pan half way.

Bake on center rack for 40 minutes. Serve warm or good at room temperature. Wrap up in plastic. WIll last for 3 days.

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3.23.2010

The World's Best Fruit

Pic from website


I recently was contacted by a company that found me through Foodbuzz called The World Best Fruit where they feature a miracle red berry that instantly changes everything sour to sweet. How does it work? "The berry, known as miracle fruit, has a protien called miraculin. The miraculin basically sticks to your sour receptors on your tongue and covers them up. The effect lasts between 15 minutes and 2 hours. For most people, it's about a half hour."


A resturant in East Lansing called, Reno's (East)is hosting a fundraiser for the MSU Outdoors Club...it's a Foodie's event that has been huge in big cities around the country.


"Proceeds will go to the MSU Outdoors Club to support the film festival they are hosting on April 7th. This Film Festival is called the Banff World Tour and is a Touring edition of the Banff Film Festival. Making its way from Austria to Argentina and from Iceland to India, the Banff World Tour is an extreme outdoor sports and mountain culture film festival that spans the globe. More than 170,000 people attend approximately 450 screenings in about 250 locations. This year, the Michigan State University Outdoor Club is pleased to host a screening at our university. Check this thing out! Tickets are $10 and will be on sale at the Flavor Tripping Event."


East Lansing people come out and try this berry with me tomorrow!


Here's the CNN story about miracle fruit:


http://edition.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/25/miracle.berries.weightloss/index.html


or if you prefer video:




The NY Times coverage of a Flavor Tripping Party in New York City: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sbGg31RJ3w


And lastly, the event details:

Mediterranean Feast: Hummus, Bulghur Salad, and Roasted Dijon Potatoes

Sorry for being out for a few days, but one of my friends from Houston came to visit me this weekend and I been busy entertaining. Do not fret though, because I still managed to cook some delicious meals. Even though I cooked with meat a lot more for my friend and my husband, I was able to create something that would work for the vegan.

After we arrived after church on Sunday, I decided to take a nap before preparing lunch. I did not hear any complaints from the rest of the peanut gallery because we had stayed up late watching the 4 hour BBC version of Jane Eyre. SO worth it though. It really is worth watching straight through especially since my husband claims it is a chick flick. It is literature and anyone who wasrequired to read Bronte novels should watch this newer version of Jane Eyre.

Well, after our nap, I started quickly planning our lunch. I made some beef croquettes for the carnivores and began making the hummus and roasted potatoes.

I think I have mentioned before that the mediterranean cuisine is my favorite. Give me Greek, Lebanese, Middle-Eastern, Persian food and I am there! Ryan started to like it alot especially when I serve hummus. The meal preparation and cooking took 45 minutes! I was so happy that on a day of rest I did not have to slave in the kitchen.

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Hummus
serves 4

2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, reserve 1/4 cup of liquid
1 Tbsp Tahini butter (sesame seed butter)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp cumin
2 garlic cloves
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
olive oil for drizzling

Place beans in processor and add chickpea liquid,garlic cloves, lemon juice, tahini, and spices. Process. Keep processor on and little by little add the olive oil until the mixture becomes smooth. it should not be grainy. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

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Roasted Dijon Potatoesserves 4

6 Red potatoes,unpeeled & diced in 1/2 inch pieces
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp parsley
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp paprika
2 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cut potatoes and place in a medium bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix all together with a spatula.

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Spread the potatoes evenly on the baking sheet and cook for 25 minutes or until potatoes are not went but a little roasted.
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Bulghur Salad
serves 4

3 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup radishes, sliced
1/2 cup English cucumber, sliced
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 cup bulghur, softened
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

In a small bowl, add 1/2 cup of bulghur and 1 cup of water and let soak for 30 minutes. (There is the option of cooking the bulghur, but since this is a cold salad I did not do this)

Chop, slice and julienne the vegetables and add to a medium bowl. Add the bulghur to the salad and mix well.

Make salad dressing on the side with the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Toss the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.

3.18.2010

Drunken Irish Whiskey Cake

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I am Irish by marriage..that is fair right? I love it! I pray that God gives us the opportunity to visit Ireland and see the wonderful sights. In the meantime....I will have to be content to wear as much green and try not to make too many Irish meals, if you know what I mean. If I had had time I would had made cabbage and some other item, but I decided to make a meals with lots of green and a dessert that would be traditional to its name.

I first started making vegetarian tostadas, while Ryan had the rest of his beef to eat with HIS tostadas from a previous meal.

I oven-baked the corn tortillas for 10 minutes, while I made the guacamole with one leftover tomato and red onion. I added some Tony's for added pizzaz too! I washed some romaine lettuce and chopped it thinly and took out the red salsa and green tomatillo salsa. Can you tell there is a lot of green? I also warmed up some vegetarian refried beans for the base of the tostada. Here is how the layering happened:

  • Toasted corn tortilla
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp refried beans
  • shredded lettuce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp guacamole
  • 2 tsp tomatillo salsa
I enjoyed this with a nice glass of cold hard cider since I found out that Guiness is NOT vegan! Boo...oh well, I survived.
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WHat you do not know is that I made dessert before dinner! I try to do my major cooking when Ryan is not home so that I am not consuming my time in the kitchen. I like to spend quality time with the husband.
As I scanned through various vegan desserts I finally decided to make a nice bundt cake. If you have been reading my blog you got to know that it seems like I like making bundts. They are fun and easy and yet look so elegant, what can I say?
I started out by greasing the bundt cake with a little nonhydrogenated shortening to prevent the cake from sticking. I then ground up 1/2 cup walnuts and placed that in the pan.
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I then mixed the wet ingredient in a medium bowl and the dry ingredient in a large bowl. I made a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients and poured the wet ingredients in the middle, stirring little by little.
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Once that was mixed well, I poured the batter in the bundt pan on top of the nuts.

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I placed the bundt in a preheated oven (325F) and cooked for an hour.
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While that cooled just a bit, I made the drunken glaze to pour over the cake. Did I mention I used whiskey IN the CAKE and in the GLAZE? A drunk little bundt, indeed!
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Once that all melted I poured over the cake and let the glaze soak . What were the results? I served Ryan a slice and I went to check on the clothes drying in the laundry room. When I came back, he was on his SECOND slice! Can't leave anything hanging around, LOL. He still claimed the breading part needed more sugar, but that the glaze added sweetness to it but not that much. I decided to make a second batch of the glaze to add to the cake.
The results? I took the cake to a choir party and I heard great feedback from the choir. Another two thumbs up for vegan dessert!
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Drunken Irish Whiskey Cake
Adapted from vegweb.com
makes one bundt cake
Pan
1/4 to1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cake

1-1/3 cups almond milk
2/3 cup oil
1/3 cup Irish whiskey (I did not have Irish whiskey, just used regular whiskey)
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons coffee
2-2/3 cups whole wehat-white flour
1-1/2 cups vegan sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda

Glaze

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Irish whiskey
3 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan margarine
2 teaspoon water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle nuts onto bottom of pan.

In a medium bowl combine wet cake ingredients: almond milk, oil, Irish whiskey, and coffee. In a larger bowl combine dry cake ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and add wet, mix very well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 60 minutes.

When done place pan on rack for 10 minutes then remove cake from pan and place on rack. Either proceed to glaze or hard sauce preparation or let cake cool and eat as is.

Glaze: Place all glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 2 to 3 minutes. Poke still warm cake all over with a skewer or fork. Then slowly pour glaze over cake. Let cool and enjoy or add a dollop or hard sauce and enjoy.
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