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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?

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.

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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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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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