Vegan ‘Red’ Velvet Cupcakes

Although I had tried a few of those lurid, overly-sweet red velvet cupcakes which have become abundant in the last few years, I only tried my first proper red velvet cake recently – and actually fell in love.  With its eye-catching red and cream colour contrast, velvety soft texture and subtle chocolatey flavour – beautifully balanced out by the tang of cream cheese… Continue reading Vegan ‘Red’ Velvet Cupcakes

Vegan Shortbread with ‘Parmesan’, Polenta and Pepper

Another experiment in vegan shortbread for GBBO… Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups plain white flour 3/4 tsp fine sea salt 1/2 cup stoneground cornmeal 1/3 cup finely grated Violife Prosociano with Paremsan Flavour 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 cup coconut oil 2/3 cup icing sugar 1 tsp fresh lemon zest Method: Preheat oven to… Continue reading Vegan Shortbread with ‘Parmesan’, Polenta and Pepper

Vegan Shortbread with Pistachio, Black Pepper & Lemon

This is a (very) belated post from episode #2 of The Great British Bakeoff – Biscuit Week.  I had never made shortbread before, let alone a vegan version, so did a fair amount of research before settling on this recipe.  Traditional shortbread relies on butter to give it its rich, melting, crumbly texture; some vegan recipes start by… Continue reading Vegan Shortbread with Pistachio, Black Pepper & Lemon

Chocolate, Chilli & Avocado Cake (Vegan)

The return of the Great British Bake Off on my birthday this year was a pretty awesome present from the BBC…I was excited to eye up the new batch of bakers and their creations.  I was also well up for the challenge of baking something I had never tried before.  But most importantly, I knew it would… Continue reading Chocolate, Chilli & Avocado Cake (Vegan)

Oat & Cinnamon Pancakes

Until recently, Nigella was used as a byword for pure heart-palpitating over-indulgence (think butter, cream, booze, cream, chocolate, cream etc etc) but many of the recipes in her Simply Nigella series are not only good for you but suitable for those with special dietary requirements too.  Today I opted to start my day with her oat pancake recipe.  I think the idea of whizzing oats… Continue reading Oat & Cinnamon Pancakes

Cashew Butter Cookies (V/GF)

These cookies will change your life.  Or at least your healthy baking repertoire. The recipe which follows is based on one for flourless choc chip cookies posted on The Culinary Jumble: this was in turn inspired by a creation on Sally’s Baking Addiction.  Like recipe Chinese Whispers, I have also modified the recipe.  I used a mix of cashew… Continue reading Cashew Butter Cookies (V/GF)