Soft Vanilla Sugar Cookies


 

 

 

 

 

Soft Vanilla Sugar Cookies

1 Cup Earth Balance Red  stick or tub butter

1 Cup Sugar

1 Egg Equivalent- (1 1/2 tsp EnerG Egg Replacer+ 2 Tbs water whisked well)

1 Tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 Tsp Salt

2 Cups Flour (can be substituted for GF flour)

1/4 Tsp Baking Powder

1/4 Tsp Baking Soda

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream non-butter and sugar with a mixer until frothy. Mix your EnerG Egg Replacer in a separate small bowl then add to your butter/sugar mixture. Next, add in your vanilla and mix.  Then in a separate large bowl combine yo
ur dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and whisk then add to the mixer in small 1/2 cup scoops until well blended.  Then take out your baking sheet and add your Silpat topper. Then scoop cookie dough in balls onto Silpat about 2″ apart. Take a glass glass and flatten out scoops. Bake for 7-11 mins. Closer to 11 in high altitudes. Let cool for 30 mins if possible before icing and adding sprinkles etc.  Enjoy!

Vanilla Cupcakes

 

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes:

1 1/2 cups  and 3 Tbsp all purpose flour (may be substituted with a gluten free all purpose flour)

1 cup white granulated Sugar

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2  Tsp Salt

1 Tsp White Vinegar

1 1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

5 Tbsp Canola Oil

1 cup room temperature water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and whisk. Once blended set aside. Using a tall clear measuring cup fill up your water then measure out your oil, vanilla and white vinegar and add to your water. Then add all wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix until blended.  Scoop out your batter into pre lined cupcake baking pan.  Makes 12 even cupcakes. To achieve even level cupcakes use a cupcake scooper.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean once inserted into the center of a cupcake.  Frost and Enjoy!!

 

Banana bread muffins

Banana Bread muffins

 

 

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

4 overripe bananas

1 cup white granulated sugar

3/4 cup earth balance soy free dairy free butter substitute, melted and cooled

2 egg equivalent Ener G egg replacer (3 tsp powder whisked in small bowl with 4 tbsp water)

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Preline two muffin pans for 22 muffins.

 

In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt then set aside.

 

Mash 4 bananas in a small bowl,  dump into standing kitchen mixer. Add in sugar and whip until frothy (3mins). Add in vanilla.

Melt butter substitute in microwave 45 seconds then let cool.

In a small bowl wisk egg replacer with water until fully mixed then add to mixer followed by adding the melted cooled butter substitute to mixer. Mix on medium.

then add your dry ingredient bowl to your mixer and mix just until incorporated.

Scoop into muffin pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg

1/8 Tsp Ground Cloves

1/2 Tsp Salt

1 Pound carrots (3 cups after juicing)

1 1/2 cups granulated White Sugar

1/2 cup Brown sugar

Ener G Egg Replacer for equivelent of 4 eggs (6 Tsp Ener G + 8 Tbsp water wisked in a separate bowl)

2/3 cup Canola oil

Preheat Oven to 350Degrees.  Using a Juicer, juice 1 pound of carrots. Set the juice and pulp aside. Line your cupcake tins for 24 cupcakes.  In a large bowl wisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. In a standing mixer put your sugars and prewisked EnerG Egg replacer in and turn on Medium-medium high. Slowly and steadily pour in your oil continue mixing until emulsified and a little frothy. Then take your carrot pulp and slowly add it to your sugar/egg replacer bowl removing any solid chunks and stir in using a spoon spatula until well blended. Now pour that wet ingredient bowl into your dry ingredient bowl and mix until just blended (do not over mix as gluetens are forming). Using a cupcake scooper scoop out batter into each prelined cupcake baking tin.  Bake in oven on convection bake at 350 degrees for 16-20 mins. Check by inserting a toothpick into the center of the most center cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean then its done. If you decide to add raisins then add a few more minutes to the baking time. Recipe really only makes about 18 cupcakes depending on how much you fill each one.

 

Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 oz pkg of Tufutti Non Dairy Cream Cheese substitute (has Soy in it*)

3 Tbsp Earth Balance non dairy soy free butter substitute

1 Tsp Vanilla

1/8 Tsp salt

2 cups+ of powdered sugar

 

Place all ingredients into a standing mixer and mix on medium low and turn up to whip once incorporated. You may add more powdered sugar until you achieve the texture or firmness you desire. Frost your cooled cupcakes then place in the refridgerator to maintain shape.

 

Sweet Potato Spice Muffins

1/2 a 15oz can of Organic sweet potato puree

2 oz of canola oil

1 oz of Rice milk

1/3 cup water

1 1/4-1 1/2 cup white sugar (depending on how sweet you like your muffins)

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 Tsp baking Soda

3/4 Tsp salt

1/2 Tsp ground Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp ground Nutmeg

1/4 Tsp gound Cloves

1/8 Tsp ground Ginger

 

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees. Preline a 12 cupcake/muffin baking pan. In one large mixing bowl mix all wet ingredients, in another mix your dry ingredients.  Mix each bowl well then combine the two and blend well.  Pour into your prelined muffin pan at about 3/4 full. Bake in a convection oven at 350 degrees for about 16 minutes. To test to see if they are completely cooked through remove from oven and insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin and if it comes out clean it is done.. if not it may need another minute or two. When they are finished set them on a cooling rack to cool off. Enjoy!

Sugar cookies

Sugar Cookie

1 cup Earth Balance non dairy substitute

1 1/2 cups white sugar

Ener G egg replacer for 1 egg: 1 1/2 Tsp egg replacer with 2 Tbsp water whisked well

1 1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract

2 3/4 cup all purpose flour (can be substituted with better batter or other gf flour)

2 Tsp baking powder

1 Tsp salt

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In mixer cream the butter and sugar until white and fluffy. Then add in your already whisked egg replacer and your vanilla and blend. In a separate bowl mix together your flour, baking powder and salt. Add this dry mixture one cup at a time to your wet ingredients already in your mixer while stirring on low.  Knead in small amount oI food coloring if you want it tinted. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick or just before it cracks apart. Dip cookie cutter into flour each time before using. use a floured spatula to transfer to baking sheet then bake at 400 for 6-7 minutes.  Makes about 2 dozen depending on your cookie cutter size.

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes Mint Chocolate Cupcakes (GF):

3 cups all-purpose flour (Can be substituted easily with a gluten-free flour)

2 Tsp Baking Soda

2 cups White granulated Sugar

1/2 cup Hersheys Unsweetened Cocoa

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1/8 tsp creme de menthe extract/oil

2 cups Water

2/3 cup Canola oil

1 Tsp White vinegar

 

Mint Chocolate Frosting:

6 cups powdered sugar

1/2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

3 drops Creme De Menthe extract/oil

2/3 cup Herseys Cocoa

1 cup Earth Balance Dairy Free. soy free butter substitute

45 ml of Rice Milk

1 sprig of fresh mint leaves for decoration

 

Preheat your convection oven to 350 Degrees. In a large bowl add your dry ingredients first: flour, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, and salt and blend well. Then add in your wet ingredients:  Vanilla, water, oil and vinegar and blend very well. Add in your Creme De Menthe oil/ extract last to taste, i usually use about 1/8 tsp. Pour runny batter into your prelined cupcake baking pan up to about 2/3 full each. Bake on 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Check them using a toothpick inserted into the center… if it comes out clean then they are done. Let completely cool before frosting them.  In a seperate bowl add in your powdered sugar, cocoa, and butter substitute and blend using a mixer on low. Slowly add in the rice milk while blending with the mixer until smooth. Finally add in your vanilla and creme de menthe (to taste) and finish blending well.  Using a disposable icing bag, place tip in the bottom of bag (trimmed open) and fill it with your frosting. Twist the back of the icing bag and squeeze out your icing in a circular pattern on your cupcake. If you choose to add a fresh sprig of mint on the side as I did here you may for a decorative touch. Makes 24 cupcakes. Enjoy!

Chicken with Apples

Chicken with Apples

6 skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup sliced yellow onion (more if you choose)
1 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive oil
2 Cups sliced granny smith apples (others work too, but I prefer the tart taste of the grannys for this dish)
1 Tbsp Earth Balance dairy/soy free butter spread
1 1/2 cups apple juice
2 Tbsp Honey
1/2-1 Tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Place Chicken breasts in a shallow baking pan. In a skillet, saute onions in olive oil until tender. Add apples and saute for 1 more minute. Pour onions and apples over chicken. Melt Butter substitute and pour over chicken and add apple juice, honey, salt, and if you want to add any other vegetables you can. I usually cook some vegetables separately as not to affect the flavor of this dish. Bake in the oven for 30-45 mins or until chicken is cooked through. This dish tastes best when prep work is completed and the dish is allowed to marinate for a while in the fridge before placing in the oven to cook. I usually will steam up some white Jasmine rice or brown rice to go with this dish. Serves 6. Enjoy!

Peach sherry chicken

Peach Sherry Chicken

4 Skinless chicken breasts
1 chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp arrowroot
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup sherry
1 cup sliced fresh peaches
Sprinkle garlic powder
Sprinkle salt
Sprinkle ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Thaw chicken breasts if necessary. Place chicken breasts in a large cassarole dish and sprinkle them with garlic powder, salt and pepper. In a skillet combine the onions, chicken broth, brown sugar, arrowroot, and chili sauce and bring it just to a boil. Pour this and the peaches and sherry over the chicken. Place aluminum foil over the top of the cassarole dish and bake in the oven for 28-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. You can make the dish ahead of time and let it marinade in your fridge for a while before cooking to make the flavor even better.I usually pair this with white jasmine rice. Enjoy!

Marshmallow fondant

Castle Cake with fondantMy daughter’s Birthday cake.

For the cake I made a two tiered cake of my Chocolate cake recipe that is in many other posts and I covered it -or dirty iced it as they say with any frosting, I have posted a few flavors  in other posts. Then the fondant gets draped over the frosted cake.

Marshmallow Fondant Icing recipe

16 oz bag of Jet-Puffed mini marshmallows
A 2lb bag of C & H powdered sugar
2-5 tbsp water
1/2 cup  or more of white Crisco…or Spectrum ( I prefer) shortening
1 pair of surgical gloves

Melt your entire bag of marshmallows  plus 2 Tbsp water in a large glass bowl every 30 seconds stirring in between until it is completely melted. This usually takes 2 mins or so.  Clean your counter well. Dry it then  cover it with Crisco  put your gloves on and cover your gloves with Crisco well too. Add your food coloring to your bowl of melted marshmallow. Stir it in well then add 3/4 of the bag of powdered sugar. mix it in well too. Then knead the dough-like fondant on the counter adding slowly the rest of the powdered sugar. If it gets too sticky or tears add a little water and continue. if it starts sticking to your hands or counter add a little more Crisco to your hands or your counter. Keep kneading until smooth and well mixed. Consider this your workout for the day.  Then you can store it at this stage wrapped tightly in saran wrap in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I prefer to get it over with because you will have to regrease your counter… fyi. Roll it out to your desired size and enlist the help of another person to help you drape it over your already dirty iced cake Make sure you had dirty iced your cake with a lot of icing to make sure the fondant will look smoothest. Once draped trim the bottom edges and smooth it out evenly. Add any additional icing decorations … I used decorator icing for mine in a Wilton disposable bag with a few different tips. And the Mermaid centerpiece was purchased online and is made entirely of plastic….I know I totally cheated at the last minute. What can I say … I was tired. lol

Baby Shower Cake
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Chocolate cake with fondant

Chocolate cake with fondant