My brother threw an iftar (Ramadan fast-breaking dinner) for his friends (and some of their wives) and I was given the task (or permission) to make dessert. I wanted to make vegan desserts, but he was totally against it. So, I made a deal: Two Vegan desserts and one non-vegan dessert (I’ll explain in another post why I prefer baking vegan).
So, I made: Chocolate chip cookies, one batch following the recipe EXACTLY:
and the other substituting coconut oil for the butter. I also used whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose for these:
As you can see, the coconut oil cookies came out flat. They tasted fine, but were not as pretty as the butter cookies. While talking to a friend about them, I remembered the other time I tried coconut oil in a cookie recipe that called for vegan margarine (which I do not use) and having the same results. The next time I made those cookies, I used less oil and they did NOT come out flat! I guess it has something to do with coconut oil being an OIL, despite it being a solid fat (at room temperature).
I also made chocolate pumpkin pie brownies, which I made as mini cupcakes because of the amount of batter and people.
The recipe says to bake at 330 (why the odd baking temp I don’t know) for 23 minutes, but as a cake. Mini cupcakes take less time to cook and I left them in for about 20 minutes. It was hard to tell when they were done using the toothpick test because of the chocolate chips melting and making the toothpick “dirty”. So, I think I over-baked them. They were hard on the outside and kind of dry. I had some leftover batter and made a mini-loaf, which I baked separately and which was a lot moister. These were vegan and I used a mix of whole wheat pastry and spelt flour. I also doubled the recipe and used pumpkin puree that I made myself from pumpkins I got from a farm. The oil I used was coconut and chips were made using Trader Joe’s Pound plus 72% chocolate.
And I also made Healthier chocolate cake:
People actually thought THESE were brownies (the squareness threw them off). I was going to make them into cupcakes, but I needed to get done since my brother needed the oven (he was supposed to be done sooner than he was). I was told they had a weird texture, even though I used the same flour mixture for these as for the brownies. I wonder what it was. Anyway, I have plenty of vegan frosting to ice them…or to make into cake balls.
Ok, that’s all for now. Whew! That was a lot baking…but I love it! I love being able to bake for people, share the goods, and hear what they thought after. So, if you tried any of these desserts, please share your thoughts so I can improve them or know not to make them for next time. 🙂