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The Joy of Vegan Baking

Anyone try this cookbook? Or planning on buying it?

http://www.amazon.com/Joy-Vegan-Baking-Compassionate-Traditional/dp/1592332803/ref=dp_return_1/103-7005927-6356664?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

After VCTOTW and this site, I don't know if I really *need* a new cookbook on desserts... but... well, anyone?

I just made the Butterscotch Pudding and it is seriously amazing. Wow! Very easy, too. I was kind of nervous that it wouldn't be very butterscotch-like (and I've never made any pudding from absolute scratch--just the Cook & Serve Jell-O junk), but it tastes exactly like the stuff I remember! :D I am eating it warm right now with a couple semisweet chocolate chips mixed in, and the only thing I changed was to add a tiny splash of rum extract during the cooking process.

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My heart and tummy thank you profusely for sharing the recipes you tried out from this baking bible.  :)

I have a feeling I will be back at the bookstore to buy my own copy of The Joy of Vegan Baking now.

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at Barnes and noble the other day i had to make a call between buying this with my gift card or buying Donna Klein's Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen. I went with the MVK because I needed some more food cookbooks (with my cake project getting into full swing I feel like all I DO is bake) but this is definitely going on my Christmas list.

Are the appendices helpful? Someone mentioned something about tips and spice index, are they the kind of tips you can get from anywhere or are some of them insightful and worth it?

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I would say they are definitely worth it.  For instance, one page devoted entirely to trouble shooting yeast breads.  I haven't made anything from it it yet, but I don't keep alot of baking supplies on hand all the time because I will eat whatever I bake.  But over the xmas holiday I will be using this book for sure. 

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i've been looking for a pecan pie recipe that doesn't involve a bunch of agar and other wierd stuff, and realized maybe it would be nice to have a book like this around.  i look forward to reviews of recipes

http://www.bryannaclarkgrogan.com/page/page/1435893.htm#dessert

BRYANNA’S NEW IMPROVED RELIABLE VEGAN PECAN PIE

Makes one 9” pie

NOTE: I use cornstarch or wheat starch because they are the most reliable as far as results go.  I have not tried this with arrowroot or kuzu, so I can’t say what the results would be with either of them.

9” pie crust, unbaked (see my low-fat oil pastry below)

1-2 c. toasted, unsalted pecan halves

FILLING:

You have two choices for the sweetener:

1.) 3/4 c. water plus 3/4 c. white beet sugar or light unbleached cane sugar AND 1/2 c. brown     

      sugar (packed) or Sucanat (granulated sugar cane juice)

OR  2.) 1 and 1/2 c. maple syrup

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3/4 c. water

pinch salt

1/4 c. cornstarch (can be organic) (or wheat starch)

    mixed with 4 and 1/2 T. cold water OR rum or bourbon

2 T. vegan margarine, such as Earth Balance or Soy Garden

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Poke the pie crust all over with the tines of a fork and pre-bake for 3 minutes.  Remove from oven to a rack.

In a medium saucepan combine either the water and sugar mixture OR the maple syrup with the second 3/4 c. water.  Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.  Add the salt and the dissolved cornstarch, whisking vigorously.  Stir and cook over high heat just until the mixture thickens and is clear.  Remove from heat and stir in the margarine and vanilla—stir til the margarine is melted.  The mixture will still be fairly liquid.

Pour this into the pre-baked pie shell.  Arrange the pecan halves on top, pressing them down into the mixture a little.  Place the pie in the middle of the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 350 degrees F.  Bake 30 minutes.  The filling will still be “jiggly”—don’t worry; it will set as it cools.  Cool on a rack for about 1 and 1/2 hours, then refrigerate until thoroughly cooled and set.  Serve with vanilla non-dairy “ice cream” such as Tofutti, Soy Delicious or Soy Dream.

i just came back and saw this MD, thanks so much!

on top of that i'm now considering buying this book.  people should seriously pay you guys for advertising

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I made the Brownies tonight. I think they are just okay, but my parents are IN LOVE with them! I followed the recipe exactly, except I added a bit of mint extract to the batter. My parents give them a 10/10, but I'd say maybe 6. I do like that they're fairly low-fat (no oil or Earth Balance or anything; just applesauce!), but they almost seemed not sweet enough... But there was 1.5 c. sugar in them! I'm not sure how I would change them for next time, but I definitely like the fudgy consistency! Maybe I'm just too harsh of a critic with my own food? ::)

EDIT (on 12/21):  I would like to amend my rating of the brownies as a 6. I made them again & they're delicious, and the last batch was really good after sitting overnight & cooling down a little. I think what I didn't like most from that first batch was the mint extract I added; it was just this cheap mint crap--not quality peppermint--so it tasted kind of like toothpaste. :P These really are delicious! I'd give them an 8.5!

I really love this book. :D

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The raspberry oatmeal bars are delicious and really easy to make! I'm trying to pace myself so that I don't gain a thousand pounds, but the three recipes I've tried have all been great.

I bought the last copy of The Joy of Vegan Baking at a local bookstore. I baked the chocolate chip cookies and the raspberry oatmeal bars. Both were outstanding. Actually they were too good. I got a bellyache and bad dreams after eating too many of them before I went to sleep last night.

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I love to bake and from the reviews in this thread I think I will enjoy this cookbook.  I'll start dropping hints to family members who haven't finished Christmas shopping.

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I just baked the Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing in this book.

They were great, enjoyed and eaten up by my omnivorous friends who  commented on the great blend of spices in the cookies and the wonderful lemony/almond flavor in the icing. 

I did have to add more lemon juice to the icing to get it to just the right texture. I used the tip on the bottom of the page to test the icing. It worked and my icing hardened to a  sweet thin layer. Just right.

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I thought I had this book but when I went to look for sure what I actually had was Sinfully Vegan.

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i just got this for xmas and i made the chocolate cherry strudel.  it was really good, but i think it's best eaten the day of to retain the crispiness of the fillo.  i subbed out the graham cracker crumbs for smashed up quaker oatmeal square cereal and pecans for the almonds- i liked it and it turned out really really pretty.  just roll it up like a burrito!

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I just got this for Christmas too!  I'm excited to try and make something out of it.  Now for the hard part; what to make first?!

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I made the rice pudding, which was flavored nicely with cinnamon and vanilla. I added more soymilk because I like the rice grains to float around in my milk. I enjoyed the pudding before bedtime and it warmed my tummy. Next time I think I will add a little rum.

If you just got the cookbook, and are not sure what to try, I'd say to bake the raspberry oatmeal bars. They're so easy to make and are one of my favorite recipes in the book so far. Also, greatly enjoyed by those I mailed them to for Christmas who have repeatedly told me they loved them and want the recipe.

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I have made the banana crumble twice and I love it.  Be sure the bananas are really ripe.  I like it even better cold the next day but I always like pie type desserts cold rather than warm.  I put extra cinnamon and nutmeg on it just because I like it.

I also made the fudge, and it was very good but I screwed up and put in the nuts before the sugar and it was really stiff to work with at that point. 

I made the chocolate almond brittle but couldn't find vegan graham crackers so I used chocolate teddy grahams and I liked it but I think the flavor would have been better with regular graham crackers.  The HFS was out of those amaranth grahams.

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I have made the banana crumble twice and I love it.  Be sure the bananas are really ripe.  I like it even better cold the next day but I always like pie type desserts cold rather than warm.  I put extra cinnamon and nutmeg on it just because I like it.

I also made the fudge, and it was very good but I screwed up and put in the nuts before the sugar and it was really stiff to work with at that point. 

I made the chocolate almond brittle but couldn't find vegan graham crackers so I used chocolate teddy grahams and I liked it but I think the flavor would have been better with regular graham crackers.  The HFS was out of those amaranth grahams.

a) That banana crumble sounds really good! :D I haven't even seen that in the book!

b) I have YET to find vegan graham crackers! I think I might have to go to Whole Foods to get some so I can finally make some of the delicious desserts that call for them... I don't like going to WF, as I'd much rather support my co-op, but oh well. :-\ At least it's not a Wal-Mart!

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b) I have YET to find vegan graham crackers! I think I might have to go to Whole Foods to get some so I can finally make some of the delicious desserts that call for them... I don't like going to WF, as I'd much rather support my co-op, but oh well. :-\ At least it's not a Wal-Mart!

Keebler's plain graham crackers (not the honey ones) are vegan...you should be able to find them at any grocery store, if you don't mind shopping at a non-co-op grocery store.

I got this book with an x-mas giftcard, and made the chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies. they were both awesome; the choc-chips were probably the best I've ever made. I've also sat and read through about half of the recipes, and pretty much every single one looks delicious. the recipes are simple and don't use fancy ingredients, so I definitely think it's a good addition to any cookbook collection.

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b) I have YET to find vegan graham crackers! I think I might have to go to Whole Foods to get some so I can finally make some of the delicious desserts that call for them... I don't like going to WF, as I'd much rather support my co-op, but oh well. :-\ At least it's not a Wal-Mart!

Keebler's plain graham crackers (not the honey ones) are vegan...you should be able to find them at any grocery store, if you don't mind shopping at a non-co-op grocery store.

Thank you. Actually, I think I remember seeing these at the store & they have high fructose corn syrup in them, and I do not like to buy anything with that ingredient! I'm kind of picky about health... :P Thank you for the suggestion, though! I will check again to be sure.

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Vegan Essentials.com has some amaranth graham crackers.  I think the brand is Health Valley.  You might be able to ask your local HFS to order them for you or they might carry Health Valley products already.  I couldn't find any just plain graham crackers by Keebler at the evil Walmart.  They were all honey or cinnamon, which also had honey in it.

ETA that in the banana crumble, I added chopped pecans to the topping because I have a huge bag of pecans that I need to use up.

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If you just got the cookbook, and are not sure what to try, I'd say to bake the raspberry oatmeal bars. They're so easy to make and are one of my favorite recipes in the book so far. Also, greatly enjoyed by those I mailed them to for Christmas who have repeatedly told me they loved them and want the recipe.

I made these tonight & they were delicious! :D Though I did make some changes:

-Cut the sugar down to 1/3 c.
-Subbed half the butter for applesauce
-Added cinnamon, ginger, allspice & nutmeg to the oatmeal dough part
-Used half white & half whole wheat flour
-Mixed a little raspberry jam (I didn't have much) with some cinnamon plum tea jam that I have for the preserves part, and YUM!

I have been making a lot of chocolatey desserts lately when I bake, so this was a nice change! Very good!

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Alright, I've now made a few thigns from this:

Foccacia(sp?) Bread:  Oh, so good.
Meditterranean Olive Bread:  Not my taste, but a girlfriend of mine loved it!
Lemon Bars:  Holy sugar...these are tasty!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars:  Eh...probably wont make them again anytime soon.

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