Friday, January 26, 2007

My First Vegan Cookbook

vegan french toast that didn't really work out

recipe #158

I got my first vegan cookbook for xmas, La Dolce Vegan! by Sarah Kramer. I was really excited--checking out cooking from another perspective, it looked cool, healthy, blah, blah, blah.

I spent a lot of time flipping thru it while on vacation. I marked recipes, made shopping lists and planned to cook exclusively vegan for a week or so. Then I really started to read the recipes and I'm pretty sure most don't have an end product that will taste good. Not because they lack bacon and cheese, but because they lack a nice mixture of flavors. Also I can not take the author. She is cute and rockabilly but ultimately the picture of her looking thrilled standing next to Vanilla Ice (the rapper, not dessert) did her in. Anyways, she has a website too.

I have made a few recipes from the book, all I heavily modified but kept vegan.

This is the first recipe that I made from her book. My modifications are next to the original recipe in ():

Freedom French Toast:
3/4 cup silken tofu
2 tbsp maple syrup (skip this or the toast will stick to the griddle)
3/4 tsp cinnamon (add more)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup apple juice or water (add vanilla soy milk instead)
1 tbsp oil (almond oil)
4-6 large slices of bread, stale (gluten-free wheat bread)

Blend all ingredient except the bread in a blender or processor. Dip bread into batter, fry in oil until golden brown.

Makes 2 servings.

Well, the time I made this I put maple syrup in the batter and it stuck to the griddle. All and all the flavor was good. My son loved it. He actually made mmmmmmmmmmmm. . .. sounds the entire time he was eating it. He couldn't care less that it looked awful and didn't brown properly.

I found a similar recipe on the Whole Foods website that I'll try soon and compare.


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