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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 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  :)>>>

I'm a new fan of her podcasts and have already replayed several of them. I have learned a great deal on veganism through them.

I wish she had some baking video podcasts, though, to complement her book. Those would be so fun to watch.

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Has anyone else made the Mexican Wedding Cookies? They are in the oven right now..but I had a bit of a problem with the "batter." It was too crumbly! I couldn't make the balls..so I had to add some water. I'm hoping that they turn out, because I used a lot of my precious pecans.  ;)

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Ooooh. Mexican Wedding Cookies are grand! You may need to add some liquid to make the balls, but they taste fabulous! I did a couple in cocoa+powdered sugar...just to see how they would be. We like the regular ones-just powdered sugar-the best. Pretty simple, and very good!
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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  :)>>>

I'm a new fan of her podcasts and have already replayed several of them. I have learned a great deal on veganism through them.

I wish she had some baking video podcasts, though, to complement her book. Those would be so fun to watch.

She does have a cooking DVD and a few random clips on youtube.

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Ooooh. Mexican Wedding Cookies are grand! You may need to add some liquid to make the balls, but they taste fabulous! I did a couple in cocoa+powdered sugar...just to see how they would be. We like the regular ones-just powdered sugar-the best. Pretty simple, and very good!
;)b

Yes, those are delicious! I made some at Christmas time, but replaced half the "butter" with applesauce. They were still super-rich, held together nicely & had great flavor! That's been a family favorite for as long as I can remember, and my mom & I make them every year (we call them "Russian Tea Cakes")... Last year was the first time I made them vegan, and my mom said they were the best ever! :D

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Yes, those are delicious! I made some at Christmas time, but replaced half the "butter" with applesauce. They were still super-rich, held together nicely & had great flavor! That's been a family favorite for as long as I can remember, and my mom & I make them every year (we call them "Russian Tea Cakes")... Last year was the first time I made them vegan, and my mom said they were the best ever! :D

It's good to know that the applesauce can be done. I knew it was a lot of EB, but I didn't really want to sub. my first time trying them. I'll remember that!  ::)

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I made the Chocolate Crinkles, and they are very cute! I had one really warm..and it was pretty good, so I'm guessing that they will be much better when cooled. It seems that regular chocolate chip cookies are the only vegan baked goods that are really good right out of the oven (from my experience). But, I like these! I've also found that the times where she has said '3 cookie sheets'..I've only needed one..and I got like 23 cookies out of this recipe instead of 3 dozen, which is fine. I guess I just don't like tiny little cookies...then I would just eat more!  ::)

Oh, and they only have 1/4 cup EB, so I didn't really think it was necessary to try and substitute.

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Ooh yummy. Those look really good. I've been eyeing both the Chocolate crinkles and Mexican Wedding Cookies to make next.

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I made the Butterscotch Pudding tonight, and it was good! I've never liked butterscotch before..but I liked this pudding. There was a lot of whisking, and some waiting..but it was pretty simple. I didn't cover the top with wrap (which I now highly recommend), so I had quite a skin..but the taste was great. Oh, I also 'made' my own brown sugar for the first time! I also highly recommend this-a lot cheaper and I can use my Florida crystals and blackstrap molasses!

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I made the cornbread, and it's pretty good. I've had some good cornbread in my day...and this just tastes a little too flour-y..or something. I added a few pickled jalapeños and some jalapeño juice..but it just needs..something.  ??? It looks pretty though (nice and fluffy).

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I bought this book about a month ago and so far I have made the rugelach and the apple pecan muffins.
I made the rugelach for my baking class final presentation. Non-vegans enjoyed it and I thought it was mighty tasty too. It seems like a fancy recipe at first glance but is actually pretty easy to prepare. The book states that this recipe yields 3 dozen cookies, but when you actually follow the instructions, you yield 4 dozen cookies.
I made made the apple pecan muffins for my cooking class presentation since my topic was apples. My chef instructor loved them as did many of my classmates. They really enjoyed the moistness and the fact that they were not heavy. Many people said they were delicious and I was very happy to hear it .I doubled the recipe to make 24 muffins and it worked with no problems, although I did have to add almost 1/2 cup water to the batter because it was a little dry at first.
I am excited to try other recipes from this book. ;)b

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I made the Peanut Butter Cookies last night and they are soooo good. I followed the recipe exactly except that I used half WW and half AP flour. I wouldn't change a thing. Perfect texture. This was my second attempt at making pb cookies in my 3 yrs of being vegan and the first time they came out too oily, so I'm really excited these came out so well. I'm in peanutty heaven.  :)>>>

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Light Lemon Bundt Cake!  :)>>> I've tried MULTIPLE lemon and vanilla cakes, and have not been pleased with any of them (for various reasons), but this was great! I made the Lemon Sauce also, and it was fabulous. Patrick thought it was a little strong (and I used 1 larger lemon instead of 2), but I thought it was perfect. Tomorrow I will taste the cake on its own, but I thought it tasted great, and it had the perfect texture (something that's really been lacking in non-chocolate cakes). I'm so pleased! Oh, and I got to use my little mini cake pans for the first time!
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oooh, ive been eyeballing that recipe AC! yours came out so cute!  ;)b i might just have to make this for momma's day!

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oooh, ive been eyeballing that recipe AC! yours came out so cute!  ;)b i might just have to make this for momma's day!

Yeahhhh, remember how we were 'talking' about how we didn't like any vegan yellow/white cakes?! Well, this is it! I think it came out perfectly. Oh, I didn't use lemon extract b/c I don't have that..but I would think that could only make it better!

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anyone make the cinnamon buns?

i've never made cinnamon buns, and reeeeaaally want to, but im not sure whether to try this recipe or a vegweb recipe first or whatnot...

(note: i have had bad experiences with bread recipes)

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anyone make the cinnamon buns?

i've never made cinnamon buns, and reeeeaaally want to, but im not sure whether to try this recipe or a vegweb recipe first or whatnot...

(note: i have had bad experiences with bread recipes)

I have not made them from JOVB, but I made these a while ago:

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=11502.0

They were great! I had never made cinnamon buns before, and they turned out fabulously. Not difficult, but a little time consuming.

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Chocolate chip cookies are pretty good. I thought they were good right out of the oven, but Patrick doesn't think they have as much flavor as others...and that they are too cakey. Mine definitely did not look like the ones on the cover...
I used 1/2 applesauce and ww pastry flour. They weren't my favorite, but still good.

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anyone make the cinnamon buns?

i've never made cinnamon buns, and reeeeaaally want to, but im not sure whether to try this recipe or a vegweb recipe first or whatnot...

(note: i have had bad experiences with bread recipes)

I made them last fall. They had a delicious flavor, but I am almost positive that I overmixed the dough. I used the dough hook attachment on my Kitchenaid for the first time so I was experimenting with different speeds, mixing time, etc., and the buns turned out pretty heavy... I would recommend giving them a shot, even though I can't say mine were perfect. I really think it was my fault. One tip I would give is to pack the buns into a casserole dish instead of baking them on a cookie sheet. This way the gooey filling stays inside instead of oozing all over. Yum!

I made the Light Lemon Bundt Cake, too! I've actually made it twice now, and both times it came out perfect. The Lemon Sauce really does add to the lemon flavor of the cake, but it's delicious & moist without it if you don't feel like bothering... I added frozen blueberries both times, and everyone who's tried it loved it! I brought it to two parties, and people kept saying, "This is vegan?" It's SO good!

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anyone make the cinnamon buns?

i've never made cinnamon buns, and reeeeaaally want to, but im not sure whether to try this recipe or a vegweb recipe first or whatnot...

(note: i have had bad experiences with bread recipes)

i havent tried the ones from the book but i made these from vegweb and they were insanely fantastic..

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=13982.0

i added some pecans and made some small changes (youll see if you look at my review) and baked them in 2 8" round cake pans.  so good and gooey.  i want them now...

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