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Vegan Lamingtons

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During my most recent time abroad I created journal entries and lists of food memories I experienced in all of the countries we visited. As expected, every country had unique flavours, and dishes. Being invited into homes of the locals for dinner, and dessert was a surreal culture and culinary adventure!

The story of Lamingtons for me began in New Zealand where we stopped at a grocery store to get materials for packing a lunch to eat on an island we planned to do hiking on. At the store there were colossal lamingtons. Lamingtons covered in chocolate or raspberry coating. Since we knew we’d be hiking we figured we needed the extra calories.

I decided at this moment in my life I needed to make these petit four-esque treats vegan friendly.

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You can replace the coconut milk with cold water. I usually do that in order to save money, the cake turns out just as delicious!

I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as I did!
Anna xoxox

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Vegan Walnut Date Cake

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Just got back from the sweetest date! It involved three hours of baking up sweet surprises. The best thing was the date was free! Ok, so maybe I was in my kitchen dancing and baking with dates, but that counts as a date too!

I love baking with dates, and usually get the cheapest ones out there, and even that is a treat. For this recipe thanks to Natural Delights I used the plump fresher ones. They were so delicious and I don’t know if I will be able to go back to the vacuumed dried variety.

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This cake is pretty filling with the sugars from dates, and the added sugar but the crunch of the walnuts is perfect. It is a simple cake with no added flavours but I am thinking the next time I whip up this recipe I will add a bit of cinnamon. I also contemplated adding some carob chips but am glad that I didn’t. It might have been too sweet if that is a thing with that addition.

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With the chilly nights that are on there way, this cake will definitely be enjoyed with a warm glass of tea and a good book. It is best to have a cuddle buddy nearby too if available.

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon! oxoxox
Much Love,
Anna

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Vegan Chocolate Cookie Cake

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This is a post I have been meaning to write for a while, it is dedicated to my sister who returned from Mexico about a month and a half ago. I made her the cake that has everything she loves in it: chocolate, cake, cookies, and frosting. She was eyeing my blog on her trip and couldn’t wait to return to get the chance to sample some of my goodies.

I mean why not put cake and cookies together! This cake is the end result, and it was delicious.

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The woven fabric that I used for the pictures is a gift that she brought back for me. It was super lovely and beautiful and I will totally use it in photos since it just makes the food pop!

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I am so happy my sister had an amazing trip and I look forward to hearing more and more about her adventures, there are way too many for just one evening.

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The next challenge is resisting a slice of chocolate cake filled with cookie dough balls, and a layer of cookie crumbs coated in chocolate ganache. It is a challenge I think I would always loose, as long as it is a slim slice everything will be alright!

I definitely recommend making this cake for any celebration, it is not too heavy but it is totally delicious! Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Anna xoxo

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Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

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From short-breads to warm cinnamon buns and layered sweet squares I know I have successfully taken pride in satisfying my sweet tooth over the holiday’s and I hope you have too! Now hold up those truffles and buckeyes too for a cheers to the sweet tooth from me to you!

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Now it is time to take a second and realize that I have come up with the ultimate treat that just so happens to be vegan! This Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding is dense, moist and oozing with flavour! My first attempt was at a party I hosted, and it went over SO very well!

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I take most of my photos outside on a wooden bench in my backyard. However, on this occasion I had to give myself extra time for photos because there was some shoveling to be done (aka. some serious rolling around in the snow).

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It is time to enjoy the rest of the wintery weather and spend more time with friends that are visiting! Maybe this vegan treat will come in handy! It really is a snap to make!

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Happy Holidays everyone!!! Much Love,

Anna xoxox

Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding

Makes 1 9″ Cake Round – Start by greasing the pan with oil and flour

What you need,

3-4 bananas

3/4 package of dates (I used 3/4 of a 375g package)

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp. molasses

3/4 cup hot water

zest of an orange

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

3 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. cinnamon

How to prepare,

1. Set oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Mash bananas.

3. Chop dates and add to the mashed bananas.

4. Add the sugar to the banana mixture and beat for about 30 seconds.

5. Add the hot water, orange zest and molasses to the banana mixture.

6. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until blended.

8. Place batter into cake pan and bake for 30-60 minutes. It takes closer to an hour to make. It is also such a moist batter that you may not think it is done when it is done. Look for the cake to pull away from the sides of the pan and test the readiness by inserting a knife to see if it is finished baking. You may need to let it bake a little longer than an hour depending on the oven being used.

9. For a decadent frosted glaze look on top, mix about a quarter of a cup of icing sugar with a couple teaspoons of water and drizzle on top of the cooled cake.


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Apple crepe cake

Here you go.

Crepes.

I don’t like to brag… but this dessert is divine. I think the photo says it all.

I have been bored in the kitchen. It is easy to get bored when there is no room to do anything. Which leads to me not being in my room very often… which further leads me to not cooking recipes I can post on my blog! The time away from my apartment is worth it… especially when I decide to make something like this!

This weekend I spent my time at a Korean Buddhist temple… it was quite an experience. I didn’t take any photos because I wanted it to be a memory I keep with myself… I know… totally zen… but you can’t expect much else from someone who spent their weekend meditating, bowing and chilling with monks. All the sitting around got me inspired.

I got the initial recipe idea from smitten kitchen http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/06/having-my-cake/ but I adapted it quite a bit. I hope you enjoy.

And please wipe the drool of your computer and hop to it..(the kitchen that is…)! It is really easy to make… especially if you have experience with crepes.

This is one recipe where I have leftovers… lots… so if you have some disposable cash… please come visit.

Miss you all! Much Love,

Anna xoxo


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Pan-fried banana cakes

French toast, pancakes, pan-fried… I think it is pretty obvious I don’t have an oven and am really trying to get creative when it comes to baking. I will expand into rice dishes and kimchi soon… but my stubbornness is a little restless and wants to prove to the world… (or myself) that I don’t need an oven to bake…

WOW… I really dislike that photo of my kitchen. Normally when I am in the kitchen I am SURE to keep it tidy… but with approximately 15cm of counter space I don’t really have much of a choice…

You can’t really go wrong with fried bananas… it really adds a bit of extra banana-ness to the recipe… and a wonderful aroma to a tiny apartment! I would have added some rum… but all I have in my cupboard is some gin and I don’t think that would go well with the bananas for this recipe.

These banana cakes brightened my day when I couldn’t find a bicycle to rent. I hope they brighten your day as well! Be sure to be creative, I added some peanut butter and peanuts on top of mine but for an even MORE decadent dessert you could make a peanut butter icing and drizzle some dark chocolate on top… and a side serving of ice cream? I think so!!

Considering I didn’t use an oven, these banana cakes turned out to taste very similar to banana bread. I think it really has to do with cooking the banana twice. Also, I would highly recommend eating them once they have cooled so the banana flavour has time to develop.

Hope you enjoy! Missing you lots,

Much love,

Anna xoxo


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Strawberry Shortcake’wich’

What exactly is a shortcake’wich’… I am still trying to figure that one out…

But I think I can best explain it by saying it is layers of bread stuffed with sweet goodness. (aka. strawberries, whipped cream and jam). Not to mention a sweeter french toast batter that the bread has been lathered in.

Typically my evenings will consist of a run, dinner with  friend, reading, cooking or catching up with people from far away places. When I run I usually ‘run’ a few errands. That errand today was to a place called ‘Paris Baguette’ it is a HUGE chain here in Korea. I tend to not go to it very often, but they have the best bread and when I am craving something other than rice and soup… this is the place to go.

I saw the whipped cream and just went for it. I haven’t seen any whipped/whipping cream since getting here. Not to mention I still don’t own a whisk yet. I haven’t found one that meets my standards… ok ok, I actually just don’t feel like shopping for one. I am trying to get by with all the second hand utensils I have.

I hope you enjoy! I know I sure did…

Stay tuned for more adventures! Miss you all,

Much love,

Anna xoxo