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Vegan Coconut Mochi Bites

I had leftover coconut milk and wanted to make a snack, so I did what everyone does…Google it!

I found a recipe from Drive Me Hungry that was perfect.

The Coconut Mochi Bites are very cute and, if made in a mini muffin pan, truly are bite size! `

If you want to make them non- vegan, you can spread chocolate on them for an extra step of decadence. I had some peanut butter cups that I melted down and spread on top a few of the bites. Ooooh, dark chocolate would be an excellent spread, and a I would think a Hazelnut spread would also be delicious!

Bake time is around 45 minutes so give it some time.

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Mochi Brownies

I wanted to add a little twist to boxed brownie mix. I watched Emmy’s “Emmymadeinjapan” YouTube channel and she made this recipe, which in turn was based off a YT channel called Cooking With Dog.

I should have used a standard pan, but instead used a brownie pan (the one that has metal dividers) which turned into a little bit of a mess, especially after dropping the mochi into each hole! I think it threw off the baking time, and I should have also listened to Emmy and reduced the size of the mochi!. But overall, it’s good. I can’t wait to try it again.

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Cinnamon Pepper Brownies

Dessert! This is my favorite hack to jazz up boxed brownie mix.  Take your regular box brownie mix, follow the mix instructions, then add a smidge of cream, a tsp or more of Saigon cinnamon and about 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper and smoked jalepeno pepper. Eat it warm and you’ll faster taste the cinnamon, and then you’ll feel the warmth from the papers at the back of your throat! Add some whipped cream to balance out the chocolate. Delicious!

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Soft and Tender Peanut Butter Cookies | Vegan and Gluten-Free

Rainy evening cookie bake.  I didn’t have eggs so I found this recipe. Instead of white flour,  the recipe calls for oat flour (ground up oatmeal)!  They are in the oven now…

http://blissfulbasil.com/2013/10/06/soft-and-tender-peanut-butter-cookies-vegan-and-gluten-free/

Update! They turned out well. I used one cup of the oat flour. They come out really soft from the oven so let them cool a bit before moving them to a wire rack. The cookies are soft so use the amount of flour stated in the recipe if you want a more firm cookie.
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Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Syrup

The Ed and I watch Martha Stewart’s Baking show every evening. The other night, she made a Lemon Bundt Cake and we have been craving it ever since.  Last night, I decided to make it for The Ed.  Even though I didn’t have the fancy Nordicware Bundt pan that Marta (we call her Marta) used in the program, I made it in the “ordinary” bundt pan. Boont? Bawnt?  Bundttt?

It turned out very tasty. The cake is more like a poundcake, but very moist and very lemony. It’s delicious with a nice hot cup of coffee!

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^This photo is not my cake. This is Marta’s.

Recipe: Lemon Bundt Cake with Lemon Syrup.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest and 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • For Lemon Syrup:
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, lemon zest, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; mix in lemon juice.
  3. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture sour cream, and lemon juice, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until incorporated (do not over mix). Spoon batter into prepared pan, and smooth top with a rubber spatula. Firmly tap pan on a work surface to level batter.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean; 55 to 60 minutes (if cake browns too quickly, tent loosely with aluminum foil). Let cake cool in pan 30 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely. (To store, wrap cake in plastic, and keep at room temperature, up to 3 days.) Poke holes all over the cooled cake, and brush with lemon syrup. If the cake does not absorb all the syrup at once, allow to sit about 20 minutes before continuing to brush with any remaining syrup.
  5. For the Lemon Syrup: Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, whisk the mixture until all the sugar has dissolved.