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Vegan Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am almost always craving sweets and wanted to make something to have on hand for a few days.  A little treat for after my main meals.  But I also wanted to make sure that I was eating a treat that wasn't completely terrible for me.  I've been sick and haven't been able to get my regular gym time in this past week so I needed a semi-not so bad for me dessert.  Fall is also upon us (despite the…

Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Chip Scones

I was presented with a challenge of turning a quick bread recipe that I enjoyed into gluten free.  While making changes to the recipe I had and enjoyed, I thought, why not make these vegan as well?  The adjustments were easy and the required ingredients I already had on hand.  Anytime I can make or eat something that is all plant-based, I go for it! I really liked chocolate chip scones that I made awhile back so those were one…

Gluten Free Baking Tips and Thoughts

‘Gluten Free’ is a phrase that more and more ingredients, recipes and restaurants are using. People with Celiac Disease and gluten intolerances seem more prevalent than years ago and these people deserve to eat delicious baked goods just like the rest of us. Gluten free foods have come a long way in terms of taste and texture. Breads used to be rock hard and crumbly with a high price accompaniment. Through experimentation and trial and error, there are now ways…

Profiteroles with Chocolate Mousse Filling

Delicious, airy, fluffy baked dough filled with a smooth, chocolate mousse cream?...Yes please! Pastry items are one of my all time favorite goodies. I love the buttery taste, the flakey texture, the creamy and fruit fillings.   Pastries, especially puff pastry, are rather difficult to produce. You can buy pre made puff pastry that tastes very similar to homemade. My goal is to try out making my own puff pastry and make turn overs, streusels, etc. I haven’t done this yet,…

Frangelico Chocolate Truffles

These truffles have few ingredients and steps, which makes them seem deceivingly easy to make. If the right kind of chocolate, cream and proper refrigeration aren’t used and done, however, things can go wrong rather quickly! This recipe and experience fall into three of the categories I have on this blog right now-recipes, alternative recipes (I will discuss chocolate in more detail; some chocolate is quite natural and starts off plant-based) along with some oops’. Once you get the correct…

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

RED VELVET CUPCAKES WITH BUTTERCREAM FROSTING, NOT ONE OF THE HEALTHY RECIPES, BUT LET ME SAY YUM!  THESE WERE THE FIRST ITEM THAT I BAKED FOR MY FIRST BAKING ASSIGNMENT WITH MY BAKING FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM.   AS I'VE MENTIONED BEFORE, MY ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO START BAKING WITH HEALTHIER/ALTERNATIVE INGREDIENTS, BUT I AM STILL A FAIRLY NOVICE BAKER AND WANTED TO LEARN CORRECT BAKING FUNDAMENTALS ANd TECHNIQUES.  AND WITH LEARNING THOSE THINGS COMES WITH FIRST BAKING WITH THE NORMAL, FAT…