All posts filed under: Desserts

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Chocolate Pots de Crème with Vegan Option!

If you are looking for a zero-fuss dessert for a dinner party, look no further. You can whip this up in the morning or the night before. That gives you one less thing to think about while you are entertaining your guests. If you can boil water, you can make this. You don’t even need a bowl and spoon. All the magic happens in the blender. Bonus! I recently figured out how to make this vegan using aquafaba. So, now my vegan friends can get in on the action.  

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Coconut Milk Dulce De Leche

The saga continues. I previously posted about my experiments in making a vegan dulce de leche. I made a version using dates and cashew milk. It was good, but it didn’t quite hit the mark. I vowed to continue my experiments, for better or for worse. I tried my date dulce de leche recipe again, cooking it for a longer time. It didn’t improve. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious, but it just doesn’t have that caramelized goodness of a proper dulce de leche.

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Coconut Macaroons – Vegan and Gluten-Free

I recently read a nutty article about a man who tried to start a coconut cult. I love coconut as much as the next guy but I’m unlikely to take things to coconut cult level of obsession. Mango cult? I’m in! Coconut cult, I’ll read your pamphlet on the bus but I’m not signing up. I can eat mangoes on their own, but coconut is more of an ingredient than a main dish for me. I love coconut sprinkled over oatmeal. I love coconut milk in a curry. I’ll concede that coconut water is very refreshing when you are sweating your boobs off on a beach in Maui. In my humble opinion, the best place for coconut is inside a cookie. Is there a cookie cult? No? Do you want to join my cookie cult? Macaroons are the most coconut-y of all cookies. Don’t confuse them with French Macarons, an equally delicious but entirely different cookie. Macaroons are a lot easier to make. These macaroons are gluten-free and vegan. They use aquafaba as an egg …

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Vegan Macarons – Aquafaba Recipe

Okay, I’m a bit late on the macaron trend. They were the hot ticket item a few years ago. I’m sure many people have moved on to some other food obsession. Not me, I have been dying to challenge myself by making VEGAN macarons. This experiment in alternative baking is inspired by aquafaba, that magical bean water drained from a can of chickpeas. That stuff makes an unbelievable egg-replacer. Seriously, it is mind-blowing. You can learn more about it in the Vegan Meringue- Hits and Misses Facebook group. You’ve got to give yourself time to make these macarons. Don’t try to rush it and fit it all into one day. You need to prep the aquafaba and let it cool. You need to let the macarons rest before putting them in the oven and you need to chill them overnight. This is a two day commitment to fancy baking. I will admit, my first attempt was a disaster. I documented my mistakes on my instagram. The problem was not the recipe, it was the temperature …

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How to Make Pineapple Flowers

If you are looking for a beautiful and natural way to decorate a cake, you should watch this video tutorial on how to make pineapple flowers. It’s really easy but you want to make sure you make them the day before you need them because they have to dry out. I leave them on the counter overnight, uncovered and they end up looking great. I used mine to decorate my popular raw vegan carrot cake. I love the natural and organic look. They also make a fantastic snack, but I warn you they go fast. You might want to make a double batch, especially if you have to share. Don’t they look amazing? I love the way the texture in the centre looks so realistic! Pineapple Flowers   Serves: 12 flowers Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 2 mins Total time: 7 mins Print   Ingredients 1 large pineapple Instructions Preheat your oven to 220F Remove the top, bottom and outside peel of the pineapple with a sharp knife. Scoop out the “eyes” of the …

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream

Have you every tried to make cupcakes from scratch in under 45 minutes? On stage? In front of a live audience? With cameras in your face? I have and I’ve lived to tell! I competed in a cupcake competition at the Everything Food Conference in Salt Lake City with fellow blogger Jessica from JessicaGavin.com.  Our team was called Bake-A-Saurus and our cupcake of choice was a chocolate hazelnut crunch cupcake with nutella buttercream. Oh lawd! The picture you see here is one of my practice batches. I’m happy to say that the cupcakes we produced in the competition were just as pretty. Our cupcake was inspired by Ferrero Rocher chocolates. We filled them with chocolate ganache and crushed hazelnuts for texture. Those little round balls you see on top are chocolate covered cereal crisps. Crunch! Are you hungry yet? Want the recipe? I’m going to make you check out Jessica Gavin’s site to get it. She has much lovelier photos and a really great recap of events so check it out: Ferrero Rocher Inspired Cupcakes with …

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Easy Chocolate Tarts and Vitamix Giveaway!

This Easy Chocolate Tart recipe includes a chance to win a Vitamix! The Vitamix company has provided the prize that will be awarded to the contest winner.  I am a tiny bit obsessed with my Vitamix. When I first bought mine, I was so enamoured that I splurged on a second one to give my mom for Mother's Day. I knew she would love it as much as I did. She has declared it the "best gift ever" and she will often call or text me telling me about the awesome soup she made or a smoothie she whipped up. Mother's Day is just around the corner and this year I've partnered with some of my favourite food bloggers to bring you this Vitamix giveaway.  One lucky reader will be selected to win a Black Vitamix 5200. Before I share my Easy Chocolate Tart recipe, be sure to enter the contest. I'll wait while you fill out the form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Terms: This giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States and Canada (void …
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Happy Macaron Day!

Today is a holiday hat trick; it’s the first day of Spring, International Day of Happiness and Macaron Day. Those things go together like spring and happiness and macarons! Of course, I live in Vancouver and it is a bit hard to get in that spring time groove when it’s gloomy and rainy outside. Fortunately, I don’t have to leave the house to have my Macaron Day macarons because I made them myself. I made Nanaimo Bar flavoured Macarons because I’m Canadian and my mom was born in Nanaimo and they are my birthright. The recipe for these macarons is over on my ChocolateCodex.com website. These are not vegan. I’ve never been able to get such developed feet on my vegan macarons, but I will keep trying. Nanaimo Bar Macarons – Not Vegan In the meantime, if you want to try making vegan macarons you can try my other macaron recipe. It’s very good, but not perfect. Vegan Macaron Recipe To celebrate the first day of Spring and the International Day of Happiness, allow me to …

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Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

I originally posted this raw vegan carrot cake recipe in January of 2015. Since then, it’s become one of my most popular recipes. I hated the original photos, so I made the cake again and took new photos. You can view the original photos at the end of the post. This post includes some affiliate links.  I love carrot cake but I would be mad at you if you served it to me on my birthday. It’s perfectly fine for an afternoon tea, but on my birthday I want chocolate. Don’t even get me started on ice cream cakes. I have opinions.

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Baking with Chocolate

Are you obsessed with The Great British Bake Off? I am! It’s become a nightly ritual to watch an episode or two. It’s further ignited my baking compulsion. Thankfully, the holidays are coming and there will be plenty of opportunities to bake for parties and gifts. I’ve baked a few wonderful things over the past few weeks and I thought I’d share. All of these recipes feature high-quality, single-origin chocolate. I’m a bit chocolate focused at the moment as I’m working hard on my other site… chocolatecodex.com Sorry to my readers with dietary restrictions, I love you but these are all conventional recipes with flour, butter, sugar and dairy.  Individual Chocolate Babka Rolls Those lovely chocolate rolls in the photo above are my attempt at chocolate babka. I used high quality chocolate from The Grenada Chocolate Company. The recipe comes from Smitten Kitchen. You can find the details here… Chocolate Swirl Buns by Smitten Kitchen Mine didn’t quite get the rise that her’s did, but they tasted great. If you make them, be sure to …