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April 21, 2010

It’s not exactly a secret that I love to bake.  I love math, and the precision of baking.  I’m not a scientist or anything, but I think the chemistry behind baking is fascinating. 

I also loved baked goods (these hips don’t lie).  Most times when I visit a new city, in addition to a list of must visit restaurants, I usually have at least one bakery I have to go to. 

Anyhoo, my mom and I were discussing my career path the other week, and I have always said I want to bake.  We were discussing some kind of niche for me, and both agreed that we find most kosher baking to be sub-par.  Most of the parve baked goods we have tried have only been meh.  We realized that maybe it was better off to have vegan baked goods, than parve ones (parve has eggs), and thought it might be fun to experiment.  We picked up this little gem, which has totally changed my view on vegan baked goods:

DSC04989 We also hit up Wegman’s and picked up all kinds of fun goodies to bake with that I have never tried before.  Things like garbanzo bean flour, coconut flour, arrowroot, potato starch, brown rice flour, and xantham gum (which really does make such a difference in smoothies!)

DSC05098 Obviously the first thing I made were cupcakes.  I tried out the carrot cake cupcakes with the vanilla frosting, and almost declared the whole book a fail.  I just didn’t like these, and neither did anyone who tried them.  The frosting was so strongly coconutty and the cake was dry.  I emailed the shop (Babycakes NYC), and got some answers that will hopefully make the cupcakes much better next time I try them.  I didn’t even bother with pictures.

Next up I gave the zucchini muffins a try.  Total success!  You know these were good when Solomon had one for breakfast most mornings after they were baked.  Yes, Solomon ate vegan muffins for breakfast.  By choice! DSC04986 DSC04987 DSC04992 A little bit on the crumbly side, but so yummy!


Afterwards came the cornbread.  I actually didn’t have rice milk or corn flour on hand, so I just used extra cornmeal and coconut milk.  Solomon was a big fan, but it was a little too coconutty for me, and that made it kind of heavy I guess.  I ended up getting corn flour after, so I will try this again.  I think the actual recipe has a lot of potential. DSC05060 DSC05064 DSC05065 Next on the list was the agave sweetened lemonade.  I’ve been craving lemonade like crazy lately, and I am really picky about what kinds of like.  Obviously nothing with artificial sweetener, and I hate the mouth puckering sweet taste.  This was nice and subtly tart, with a good sweetness.  Rather than drinking it, I dug something out from the closet to have fun.

DSC04990 Yes, I made lemonade pops.  Such a mom thing of me.  Next thing you know, I’ll be cutting up orange slices for soccer games (that one was for my friend Dana-another Mama to be).  But in all seriousness, what is better than an ice pop when it gets warm out?  Not that it’s exactly warm here, but whatever!

DSC04991 DSC05106 1 word: OBSESSED.

Finally, I decided to make up some blondies (BTW, I didn’t do this all in one day or anything.  I’m not that hungry).  These are more like little blondie bites, and they are so good!  Nice vanilla flavor, but not too much.  I used carob chips since I didn’t have vegan chocolate chips on  hand.  What’s great is that these guys are little, so I don’t feel so guilty just grabbing one as a quick nibble.




They puffed up quite a bit, which I didn’t expect at all.  Maybe I put in too much batter (even though I halved the recipe and got slightly more than what half called for).  Who knows?  I’ll have to play around with these, but I don’t want to change the taste too much! DSC05103 These look like puffy little cookies actually.  Not beautiful. 


This has been so fun to experiment with, and I can’t wait to try more from the cookbook, and try to modify these recipes a bit.  I’ve learned not to be afraid of ingredients I’ve never tried, and that vegan baking requires a lot of coconut oil (though a lot of vegan recipes called for silken tofu thought nothing in this book does).

DSC05108 Think I need more?


Hopefully this week I’ll get to visit Babycakes.  I’m totally in Jersey right now, you guys didn’t know that!  I needed some fam time!

Do you like to visit bakeries when you travel?  Do you ever make baked goods?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2010 8:28 am

    How fun! I love getting new kitchen toys to play with. I have coconut flour, but I still need to try chickpea and the like for some gluten free baking

  2. April 21, 2010 10:24 am

    Oooh how cute are those lemonade pops!? I want some!

  3. Madeline - Greens and Jeans permalink
    April 21, 2010 10:52 am

    Man, you make me want to call in sick to work and have a bakeathon!

  4. April 21, 2010 10:59 am

    i have delusions of granbdeur that one day ill own a bakery. i actually looked into it once because i really honestly thought i want to do that. i still want to but not sure how ill do it….hey maybe we can go into business together 😉 lol.

    have fun with the fam

  5. April 21, 2010 11:09 am

    I love to visit bakeries when I travel. I love to search out good baked goods and local breads. Great idea to skip parve and just go with actual vegan recipes.

  6. April 21, 2010 11:29 am

    So cool! I love love love bakeries. I am addicted to zucchini bread and muffins – so delish.

  7. April 21, 2010 11:41 am

    LOVE this post! I fell in love with Babycakes when I was in NYC last year and got the cookbook a few months ago. I haven’t made anything from it yet- though I absolutely adored the carrot cake and cornbread I had from the bakery. So delicious 😀

  8. April 21, 2010 12:26 pm

    I love baking, too. If I could be in the kitchen baking every day, I would be such a happy girl. Of course, I would have to get some cooking in, as well, but baking is so much fun! There is something extremely thrilling about putting a cake recipe together and seeing it turn out beautiful and delicious! Babycakes seems like a great book, I will have to check it out. Thanks for the inspiration!
    When I travel, I definitely look for bakeries, especially in places like Chile and Puerto Rico. Some of their treats are AMAZING!!

  9. April 21, 2010 5:06 pm

    those homeamde pops are awesome!!! I love baking but wish i was better at it! I think the only baking item I have thrown together would be my 1 muffin recipe and now I am just making variations on 1 recipe haha…the whole chemistry thing I need to learn how to do better when it cmes to baking!!

  10. April 21, 2010 9:08 pm

    I’d buy your stuff if you opened a kosher bakery!! do it!!

  11. Robin permalink
    April 22, 2010 8:35 am

    this is an awesome idea. i think you should stick to it.

  12. April 22, 2010 11:08 am

    Those lemonade pops sound fantastic! I bet they’d be especially refreshing on a really hot day.
    My best friend and favorite baking buddy was vegan for quite awhile, and I, an omnivore, grew quite fond of a lot of vegan baked goods. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World is another great one. And my favorite banana bread of all time (on my blog) is totally vegan and totally delicious. I’ve compared it to banana breads chock full of eggs and sour cream and butter and mine is just better!

  13. April 23, 2010 7:23 pm

    I always hit up bakeries when I travel and I love baked goods too!

  14. April 29, 2010 9:38 pm

    shoot sweet story dude.

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