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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 made the Peanut Butter Cookies and thought the original recipe was a little too crumbly after mixing it up.. i added a little bit more soymilk - just enough to get it to hold together a bit  more and i bunch of cinnamon - they were awesome!!  really chewy and the cinnamon really added alot to them.. even my friend who told me she usually doesnt even like pb cookies ate 3 of them cus she liked the cinnamony flavor so much.  the next time i made them i think i added a bit too much soymilk and they turned out a little more cakey.. not as dense and chewy - but still good.  i liked them more the first time i made them though.

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i made the Peanut Butter Cookies and thought the original recipe was a little too crumbly after mixing it up.. i added a little bit more soymilk - just enough to get it to hold together a bit  more and i bunch of cinnamon - they were awesome!!  really chewy and the cinnamon really added alot to them.. even my friend who told me she usually doesnt even like pb cookies ate 3 of them cus she liked the cinnamony flavor so much.  the next time i made them i think i added a bit too much soymilk and they turned out a little more cakey.. not as dense and chewy - but still good.  i liked them more the first time i made them though.

I made these last month and they were really good, perhaps the best Peanut Butter Cookies I have ever made. The dough is kind of dry and crumbly, so I just packed little balls together with my hands, and flatten the balls a little on the cookie tray with the bottom of my spatula.

The Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins also taste great, and are easy to make. Perfect muffin texture, they are best enjoyed right out of the oven so the chocolate chips are warm and oozing. I found that I didn't need as much chocolate chips as the recipe called for.

The German Apple Cake is the other recent success I've had with this cookbook. I love the brown sugar/cinnamon/ginger topping on this cake which is not too sweet either(and can be made fat-free if you like too, although I have never tried this suggestion in the book). This cake also freezes well, reheats quickly when you zap it in the microwave.

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I just bought this yesterday because i was at borders with some very convincing people and I had a cupon. And i'm not sad at all.
My friend and I made the cinnamon coffee cake and it was excellent, not to sweet but just good enough to eat as a snack. I think tha what sets it apart is just the fact that it takes so many traditional recipes and veganizies them. How many vegan cookbooks have what, three cheesecake recipes in them? I really want to try the mexican wedding cookies but I'm out of almond extract. I used to love those cookies :D

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I don't have this book, and I don't whether someone mentioned it yet on this thread, but do you guys ever listen to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's podcast?  It's at compassionatecooks.com. It's really good.  You can listen to it online or in your itunes or ipod.  She talks a lot about how to be a good advocate for veganism and answer people's questions about veganism intelligently.

I gotta get me this book!  :)>>>

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I really want to try the mexican wedding cookies but I'm out of almond extract. I used to love those cookies :D

Those cookies are awesome! They were a childhood favorite of mine, and this veganized recipe is exactly like the ones we used to make! :) I even replaced half the "butter" with unsweetened applesauce, and they still turned out perfectly. Very buttery, slightly sweet, and the perfect amount of almond-y goodness!

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>:( >:( This is the second time the chocolate chip cookies have flopped.  They spread too much and are greasy and overly sweet.  I'll stick with the vegweb recipes!  >:( >:(

That's weird! I've made them a few times, and don't remember having any problems... I think I might have replaced half the "butter"/oil (can't remember which it calls for) with applesauce because I usually do, so maybe that's the trick? ??? Bummer! I hate when recipes flop.

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Hmm. I've made them too and they came out great. Perhaps your vegan butter was too soft? On another cookie that called for room temperature vegan butter, my "butter" was too soft and melty and gave me cookies that spread too much.

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Hmm. I've made them too and they came out great. Perhaps your vegan butter was too soft? On another cookie that called for room temperature vegan butter, my "butter" was too soft and melty and gave me cookies that spread too much.

Yeah, along those lines, you could chill the dough before you shape them and bake them, and don't flatten the balls at all before you put them in the oven.

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I JUST BOUGHT THAT BOOK TODAY!!!

I'm in love with it, I'm so excited to start baking some recipes out of here!!  :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

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I bought it today, too! I think several people have purchased it recently.  ;)b This thread should come to life!!

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You will love this cookbook. It is a favorite of mine with so many baked goods I've made that are a real hit with my non-vegan friends.

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Today I made the jam filled oat bran muffins, super yummy & really healthy. I used apple sauce instead of oil & whole wheat pastry flour instead of AP. and it had TWO cups of oat bran, wooowwww.  :D

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I'm thinking about making the chocolate babka tomorrow...but it seems very daunting! For that reason, I made lemon bars today..instead of the babka!
Gotta go with the babka!

"Elaine: What's this one?
Clerk: That's cinnamon babka.
Jerry: Another babka?
Clerk: There's chocolate, and there's cinnamon.
Jerry (To Elaine): Well, we've got to get the cinnamon.
Elaine: No, but they got the chocolate. We'll be going in with a lesser babka.
Jerry: I beg your pardon? Cinnamon takes a back seat to no babka. People love cinnamon. It should be on tables at restaurants along with salt and pepper. Anytime anyone says, "Oh This is so good. What's in it?" The answer invariably comes back, "Cinnamon". "Cinnamon". Again and again. Lesser babka - I think not."

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I'm thinking about making the chocolate babka tomorrow...but it seems very daunting! For that reason, I made lemon bars today..instead of the babka!
Gotta go with the babka!

"Elaine: What's this one?
Clerk: That's cinnamon babka.
Jerry: Another babka?
Clerk: There's chocolate, and there's cinnamon.
Jerry (To Elaine): Well, we've got to get the cinnamon.
Elaine: No, but they got the chocolate. We'll be going in with a lesser babka.
Jerry: I beg your pardon? Cinnamon takes a back seat to no babka. People love cinnamon. It should be on tables at restaurants along with salt and pepper. Anytime anyone says, "Oh This is so good. What's in it?" The answer invariably comes back, "Cinnamon". "Cinnamon". Again and again. Lesser babka - I think not."

I LOVE Seinfeld!!

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So..I put off making the babka again...
BUT
I made the chocolate brownies, and they are amazing! When I first tasted one (still warm from the oven)..I was thinking...'meh'..it tasted too apple saucy, and just..ok.
I left one for my husband while I went to class, and he said they are the BEST brownies he has EVER had..and this says a lot b/c brownies are his favorite..and he's had lots of 'em! Oh, he just said "those words don't do my pleasure justice."
I had one cooled..and they are fabulous!  ;)b
I followed the recipe except for using whole wheat pastry flour instead of AP.

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I don't know what it is about this cookbook, but I do not like the desserts at all.  The breads, snacks, and other stuff (like pancakes) are great, but I find the desserts greasy and overpowering.

The brownies?? Did you try the brownies??? I don't see how they could be greasy since there is no oil or EB. I guess they could be overpowering... in...FABULOUSNESS.  8-) 100% better when cooled though...I don't know about re-warming them..I haven't tried that yet. Try the brownies!  ;D

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I don't know what it is about this cookbook, but I do not like the desserts at all.  The breads, snacks, and other stuff (like pancakes) are great, but I find the desserts greasy and overpowering.

The brownies?? Did you try the brownies??? I don't see how they could be greasy since there is no oil or EB. I guess they could be overpowering... in...FABULOUSNESS.  8-) 100% better when cooled though...I don't know about re-warming them..I haven't tried that yet. Try the brownies!  ;D

A couple of recipes were a little on the oily side, so I could see how you could say that. But mostly, the recipes I have tried have been repeated hits with me and my omni family and friends. I bake more from this cookbook than any other.

Back to your oily/greasy concern ...

If you don't like stuff too oily, I recommend the Gernan Apple Cake, using the suggestion noted on the page to sub with applesauce.

Also, I subbed half of the vegan butter in the Raspberry Oatmeal Bars and they were still fabulous. Hope that helps.

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Also, mdvegan, Colleen explains somewhere in the book (I think the "Defending Desserts" section?) that the recipes are meant to please the SAD crowd, as well as vegans... I've found that my palate is more sensitive than the typical meat- and dairy-eater's (as I'm sure is the case with a lot of vegans, since our tastebuds aren't deadened from so much fat, salt, artificial flavorings, etc.), so some of these desserts (as written) can be a bit "too much" for me! The recipes in this book are meant to be vegan replacements for "traditional" desserts, which I think means a lot of fat & sugar in many cases. I've had great success with all of the recipes, but I often instinctively cut back on the sugar & fat called for--as I do with pretty much ALL cookbooks, not just this one. I think it's just a matter of taste, and you might like "healthier" dessert-type recipes, as I often do, too. :)

I love this book mostly because I think Colleen is absolutely AMAZING (have you guys heard her podcast?!), and the recipes are huge crowd-pleasers. I've also found that the recipes are flexible enough to lend themselves to some tweaking... I've subbed ground flaxseed for Ener-G, whole wheat flour for white, etc. many times with no problem. But at the very least, at least now you know you're not the biggest fan of the sweet recipes! I am about to make the pretzels right now & can't wait to see how they turn out!

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I don't know about re-warming them..I haven't tried that yet.

I really like these brownies warmed just a tad. It makes the chocolate chips all nice and melty. I nuke them for about 10 seconds or so. ;)b And yeah, these brownies rock! I love how super fudgy they are. My omni coworkers devoured them too. I definitely have to make these again soon since my mouth is offically watering just from thinking about them.

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I love this book mostly because I think Colleen is absolutely AMAZING (have you guys heard her podcast?!)

Yes yes yes!  I listen to it religiously.  :)>>> Colleen  :)>>>

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