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Jam Doughnut Cupcakes soooo scrummy!

These are magical, and to be frank there is no better way I’d rather spend a Saturday morning than bake these!

They may look complicated but they really are not.

They are light.

They are fluffy.

They are gorgeous!

AND easy to make!

So without any further ado, check out the recipe below and create your won little cupcakes of pleasure!

Thanks to Wallflower Kitchen for the recipe 🙂

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What you’ll need:

120 ml soya milk or almond milk
1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
125 g self raising flour
1 tbs cornflour
40 ml sunflower oil
75 g caster sugar
1/2 tsb vanilla extract
Raspberry jam
Icing Sugar to decorate

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 and line a cupcake tray with cupcake cases
  2. Mix the plant milk and vinegar together in a bowl or jug and leave to “curdle” for a few minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the flour and corn starch together in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the oil, sugar and vanilla extract to the almond milk and then the flour mixture. Stir everything until just combined.
  5. Divide equally between 12 cupcake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and spongy to the touch.
  6. Leave to cool completely before coring the center of the cupcakes. I used an apple corer but you can also find cupcake corers.
  7. Fill the center’s with the jam and dust with icing sugar.

These are available to order via my bakery on facebook!

 

Enjoy xx

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Chunky Dark Chocolate Cookies

Cookies aren’t my forte…..

Neither is dark chocolate.

However, because I know a lot of people absolutely love them, especially when chocolate’s involved I went searching for  a simple recipe.

Luckily for me Daily Rebecca came up trumps and posted The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies ready for me to do my thing with!

These turned out great.   Moist, fluffy AND chewy – just how a cookie should be! (as long as you don’t over cook them)

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Don’t they look good????!!

You’ll be able to order these once Paula’s Vegan Bakery is up and running (hopefully early August) but in the meantime if you fancy doing your own, now’s your chance!

What you’ll need: (it’s in cup’s I’m afraid, so you’ll need to use a converter to grams)

½ cup coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup almond milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon bicardonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup vegan dark chocolate (broken up in to chunks)

What you’ll need to do:

Firstly you’ll need to pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees.

Next mixed together the coconut oil and brown sugar, until it’s nice and creamy.  Add the almond milk and vanilla – it’ll be pretty runny but don’t worry  that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Next in a separate bowl mix your bicarb of soda, baking powder and salt and then combine all together into the one bowl.  You’ll find the ingredients lumpy, but don’t worry, just fold in the chunky chocolate until it’s all mixed in together.

Next you’ll need to use a dessert spoon and lump the mixture onto some greased proof paper on a baking tray.  Don’t worry about flattening them out as the heat will do that for you – just make sure they aren’t too close together.

Then pop them into the oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes (please do keep an eye on them) once they start to harden round the edges and don’t leave in imprint if you touch the top – they are done. You don’t want them too hard.

And enjoy!

P x

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Fruity Tutti Raw Flapjacks

Just look at these!

Aren’t they a beautiful colourful?

I’ve been re-creating lots of vegan cakes recently but nothing as colourful as these flapjacks.

My theory on why they are so lovely, is because they are really really good for you because they are Raw!   No sugar (other than natural sugar from the fruit), which most of my cakes have and lots of flavor and so easy to make.

As part of Paula’s Vegan Bakery, I want to create good old fashioned cakes but I also want to re-create such cakes but of the raw variety too.  Raw is just as tasty!

Thanks to The Herb Diaries for the recipe 🙂

These will definitely be available to buy too. The only prerequisite is that they’ll need to stay in the fridge if it’s a little hot outside (or inside for that matter).

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What you’ll need:  

150 g of raisins
105 g of coconut oï
70 g cup of pumpkin seed
70 cup of dried apricots, chopped
180 g oats
1 tbsp ground flax

What you’ll need to do:

Using a blender, blend the raisins and coconut oil until a smooth paste forms.  Once done mix the paste with the rest of the ingredients until they are all combined.  Then press into a lined shallow tin and then put into the fridge for around an hour.  It’ll firm up and voila your flapjacks will be ready to eat and share 🙂

Enjoy

 

Paula x

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Easy Vegan Banana Loaf

If you are new to cooking and on a tight budget (who isn’t?) then Jack Monroe’s book ‘A Girl Called Jack’ is THE recipe book!

I’ve always thought that good food recipes had to be complicated, with loads and loads of ingredients and utensils/equipment that only the experts would have.

That was until I found Jack’s book!

It’s not a Vegan book by any means, but it does have recipes that are vegan and the one’s with meat you can substitute to make it vegan.

One of my favorite recipes is this beautifully easy Banana Loaf recipe, it’s only got a few ingredients (which I like ALOT) and it’s blinkin tasty!

AND I can guarantee it will come out like this!

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So you fancy making it for yourself?

Here you go then – you won’t regret it!

What you’ll need: 

3 large bananas (over-ripe is the best!)
75 g oil (I used sunflower)
50 g sugar
225 g self-raising flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

What you’ll need to do:

Preheat oven to 180°C, and lightly grease a loaf tin.

Next peel your banana’s and mash them in a bowl. I kept mine a little lumpy just cos I could!  Next add the oil and sugar to the banana’s and stir.  Next add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and stir well.

Once that’s done pour it all into the loaf tin and bake for approximately 30-45 minutes (depending if you have a fan over or not – mine is, so it cooks a lot quicker).  Just make sure you cover if the top starts to darken too much, before the inside had been cooked – do the usual test by putting in a knife to test if it’s come out clean or not.

Once done, leave it to cool for 5 mins and then pop it onto a cooling rack to cool down completely (not before you sneak a little bit, cos if your’e like me you can’t wait to try it!)

Keep it in a cool dry place, covered and it’ll last a week! (If you don’t gobble it all down before then that is!)

Note: This beautiful loaf will be available to buy as soon as my online bakery is open (hopefully early August) – check out my Facebook Page here for updates 🙂

Px

 

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Beautiful Bakewell Tart

There’s something quite magical about baking, especially Vegan Baking.

To create beautifully delicious cakes without any harm, well it’s amazing. Especially when they taste almost as good as before.

I’ve been looking for good traditional recipes, to bake for my new little venture and asked a good few vegan’s what baked good’s they missed the most – Bakewell Tart came out on top!

So without further ado here is the recipe……….all thanks to Live Long and Vegan

 

Yum yum!

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What you’ll need:

100g Plain Flour
25g Icing Sugar
50g Vegan Margarine
50g Ground Almond
40g Self Raising Flour
30g Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Sunflower Oil
60ml Water
4 tbsp Raspberry Jam

For the topping:

200g Icing Sugar
Water – little by little

What you’ll need to do:

Start by making the shortcrust pastry base, by mixing the plain flour and icing sugar. Then add the vegan margarine and rub between your fingers until the mixture becomes breadcrumb like.  Then add water, little by little, until the mixture turns into a pastry dough.

Next roll the dough out into a circular shape on a floured work surface, until it is around 5mm thick, then push into a shallow tin of 7-8 inches diameter.  Using a fork prick the pastry and bake at 180°C for 10 minutes until just starting to harden up. Take out of the oven and out of the tin, and place on a baking tray.

Make the filling by adding the ground almonds, self raising flour,  sugar and baking powder. Stir these together well before adding the vegetable oil and cold water. Stir together and you should get a sort of gloopy cake mixture that looks a bit rough because of the ground almonds.

Now the pastry dough has cooled down add the raspberry jam. Spread this evenly over the base before carefully spooning the almond mixture on top. Spread this with the back of a spoon so that it makes an even layer with no jam poking through! Pop back in the oven at the same temperature for 25 minutes.

The middle should rise, essentially it is like a cake mixture, and you can test it after 25 minutes by putting a cocktail stick inside and seeing if it comes out clean. If it isn’t yet done, put it back in but keep a close eye on it to ensure the pastry edges don’t burn.

When cooked, remove from the oven and set aside until completely cool.

Now do the topping:

Once cooled, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add water a little bit at a time, to make a fairly stiff icing. Bear in mind, this icing needs to be spreadable, but you don’t want it all thin and running down the edges of your pastry case! Spread evenly over the cooled almond topping and there you go all done!

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Now you get to try it!

P x

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Vegan Crazy Carrot Cake!

If you’ve been following recently you’ll know that I am intending to start my own little Vegan Cake venture very soon (I’ll be posting on my Facebook Page soon the name of my business – when I’ve thought of one – and update you on progress and tasting opportunities!)

Why?

Because I thought it was about time that us vegan’s got to eat those good old fashioned cakes we loved, and ate whilst we were non-vegans.    I kind of think we deserve it and plus it’s another way of getting those non-vegan’s in our life to realise that being vegan isn’t so bad after all!

If only the killing of poor innocent animals wasn’t enough to turn them, this might…in some small way!

Anyway, as part of the process I decided to find a good old recipe for that vegetable cake we all know very well – Carrot Cake!

Luckily for me I found a great recipe on The Ethical Chef which I found to pretty simple to follow.

This was the result (I did cut it too soon, cos I couldn’t wait to try it…hence it crumbling a bit!)

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So what do you think?  Wanna try it?

Here’s the recipe just in case you do:

What you’ll need:

225g Carrots
280g Self Raising Flour
170g Sugar
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
200g Vegan Margarine/or Vegan Butter
200ml Orange Juice
1 tsp Orange Zest
1/2 Vanilla Extract
a pinch of Salt

What you’ll need to do:

Mix the sugar and margarine together in a mixing bowl until it’s light and fluffy (I used a hand mixer just to make sure!)  You’ll then need to grate the carrots and then add them to the mix.  Then throw in the sultana’s, orange juice and zest.   Give it a good old mix.  Then add the flour, salt spices and vanilla – stir it all together well.

Pour into a loaf tin, or whatever tin you have and place in the oven for about 20 minutes, at about 170 degree’s,  until it’s nice and brown (cooked in the middle of course).

I decided not to add an icing to the top, because it was already sweet enough – but if you feel like making one – then go right ahead!

Enjoy

 

Px

 

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Luscious Lemon Drizzle Cake

Man….this is my favorite cake so far and it’s so easy to make!

Who said being Vegan means you miss out on your old favorites?

They were WRONG!

This is simply gorgeous, light as a feather and ‘easy peasy lemon squeezy’ to make!

Thanks to the talented baker at Heavenly Vegan Baking for this little beauty..

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What you’ll need:

250g self raising flour
2tsp baking powder
200g sugar
75ml sunflower oil
250ml soya milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Juice of one lemon (or 2 to 3 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice)
Zest of two lemons

For the topping:

Juice of one lemon (or same as above)
75g caster sugar

Ok what you’ll need to do:

Start by mixing together the milk and vinegar in a bowl.  Mix it so it curdles, this is essential as it gives it the fluffy texture and helps it rise.   Then you’ll need to grate the lemons and set to one side for the icing. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a large bowl.

Now add the oil, sugar and lemon zest and milk mix to the large bowl and mix it all together well.

Add the flour and baking powder and combine it together, but not too well.  Once that’s done, pour the mixture into a loaf tin (making sure it’s lined with baking paper first).  Place in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes at oven temp 180 degrees (less if you have a fan assisted oven).  Take out once it’s golden and comes out clean with a slim knife.

You’ll then need to cool it in the tin whilst you make the icing, please remember not to take it out of the tin yet! (I’ll tell you when).

In a small bowl mix together the caster sugar and lemon juice.  Next pierce the cake with a toothpick or something similar across the cake, then drizzle the icing all over.   Leave the cake to cool in the tin for about 20-25 mins and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Making sure you take a big old slice to test!  I did and I was glad I did!

Let me know how yours turns out.

 

Pxx

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Oh So Easy Vegan Scones!

I love being Vegan!

Why?

Because I can make my own food AND do it without harming another living being in the process.

This makes me so happy, and more so when I come across a recipe that helps me create Scones from scratch that are so blinkin easy it’s untrue!

Thanks to All Recipes I was able to re-create them beautifully 🙂

AND they are soooooo delicious!

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I won’t go on about it because I want you to enjoy these babies too!

p.s between you and me, I’m looking to sell these and many more of my bakery creations online soon – because I love it THAT much – so stay tuned!

What you’ll need: 

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 1 pinch salt (you don’t have to)
  • 50g soya butter (or any other non-dairy marg/butter)
  • 100ml soya milk (or any other non-dairy milk)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • dried fruit (I used raisins)

What you’ll need to do:

Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4 and grease a baking tray with some of your butter/marg.  Then mix your flour, salt and soya butter and rub it together between your fingers so it starts to look like breadcrumbs. Once done stir in the sugar.

Now gradually mix, little by little, the milk leaving some of it to brush on top of the scones.  When it’s starts to turn into a dough, mix in the dried fruit.   You may need to flour the counter top first to do the next bit to stop it from sticking.   Then roll out the dough and divide into balls. Place balls on prepared tray.  Or like me, use a cookie cutter so it creates a nice shape for your scones.

Lastly bake them in the over until just golden, normally 10 to 25 minutes.

I have a fan assisted over, so took about 15 minutes! So keep an eye on them.

Voila!

What do you think?

I loved them (remember to keep your eye out either on here or on my facebook page for further info on purchasing your own)

P x

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Vegan Easy Peasy Victoria Sandwich

I love cake.

Actually I love to go out and be able to order a Soya Latte and a slice of cake.  But sadly being Vegan, most of the time, this isn’t always that easy.  If I’m ordering a Soya Latte it’s normally from a ‘well known’ chain cafe, rather than the individual cafe’s I’d rather support.

So I decided to contact a couple of local cafe’s near me and offer to make them a vegan cake or two.  One being the Chocolate Loaf cake I made the other day – you know the one with the hint of ‘Balsamic Vinegar’.

I also wanted to make a very traditional cake too, that most non-vegan’s think could never be vegan and still be delicious!  So I went in search of the great old ‘Victoria Sandwich’ VEGAN STYLE and found it here thanks to Tesco.com 🙂

This is my take on it – looks delicious right?

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So why not try it?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 400g self-raising organic flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 115ml rapeseed oil (not olive oil)
  • 400ml almond or soya milk (I used almond)
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g dairy-free spread, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g icing sugar, sifted

What you’ll need to do:

Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Grease and flour the sides 2 x 23cm (9 inch) cake tins

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and sugar into a large mixing bowl and mix together. Whisk together the oil, milk, syrup and vanilla essence in a jug and pour the mixture into the dry ingredients. I used an electric whisk just to make sure it was creamy enough!

Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tins and bake for 35–45 minutes until risen and cooked through (if it’s a fan assisted oven it will take a lot less time) . Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 15 minutes in the tin, then remove and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

While the cakes are cooling, make the filling: beat together the spread, icing sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl, cover and leave to firm up in the fridge until needed.

Spread the jam evenly over one half of the cake, followed by the cream mixture. Then sprinkle some icing sugar over the top so it’s like a little dusting of it 🙂

And then EAT!

I am hoping the cafe I’m giving this to will ask for more, let’s hope they keep coming out looking this good!

Px

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Make Your Own Washing Up Liquid – no less!

Soooooo this is going to quick and to the point.

How many times have you frequented a supermarket and looked helplessly for a ‘cruelty-free’ range of cleaning products??

Too many times?

Personally I try not to shop in any big supermarkets anymore.  As I’ve decided to make a real impact I need to only buy from local shops, markets or farms.  I believe being cruelty-free also means putting back into our very own communities, just like it should be rather than lining the pockets of big corporate’s that most likely don’t give two figs about their staff or the environment.

What do you think?

Either way, I wanted to share with you an even better way of being cruelty free, by making your own!  It’s also pretty easy going on the pocket too.

So what will you need? (Thanks to ‘A Year Without Supermarkets’ blog)

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850ml of boiling water
1 tablespoon of soda crystals (only cost me £1.50 for 1.5kg bag!)
1 tablespoon of grated soap (cruelty free soap of course and a cheese grater – if you still have one!)
1 tablespoon of vinegar (I used white wine vinegar)
2 drops of lavender oil
A squeeze of lemon juice

What you’ll need to do:

it’s so easy!

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All you need to do is put the boiling water into a large bowl, add all the other ingredients and mix well. Let the mixture cool down and then fill  an old washing up liquid bottle and there it’s done!

No more ‘cruel’ tested on animals washing up liquid!

AND it does work!

Yeah, it may not come up all bubbles and smells, but it cuts the grease and cleans every thing!

Let me know what you think

Paula  x