3.27.2011

Baking for the vegans.

I like to bake, but I don't like to have whole batches of cookies and muffins and cakes sitting around, waiting to attach themselves to my thighs. Solution? Bake on Sunday night! After one serving of the baked goods, everything's packed up and shipped off to Arc90 the next morning as a kick-start to the week for my coworkers.

I made cookies a week or two ago and Joe asked me if they were vegan. Fail. Ever since this guy started at Arc last fall, I've known that he was a vegan and couldn't eat the normal baked surprises... and every time I brought something in, I felt terrible.

But! Tonight! I'm making up for it. Tonight I tried Emily's Strawberry Jam Surprise Muffins, which are 100% vegan and 100% making our apartment smell ri-freaking-diculous.

But how do you make muffins vegan? Emily calls for an egg replacement using Flax Meal... LUCKILY I got some of this a few months ago with Kelley!


1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsps water = 1 egg

Also, can we just take a minute to look at that measuring cup? THE ONE THAT IS SHAPED LIKE A BIRD??? We got some sweet gifts last week at our engagement party, but this little set of bird measuring cups are squeal-worthy. Evidence B:


Anyhoo, back to the muffins. So what's cool (and tricky) about these muffins is that you add a layer of strawberry jam in between 2 tbsp of batter. Here's how the muffin pan looked after the first layer:


My batter was not as smooth as Emily's, but I'm guessing that's because I used whole wheat flour and not all-purpose. Next up was the jam layer:


I wish they were a little more... graceful in there, but hey, who doesn't like a glob of strawberry jam? Last step was to add another tbsp of batter on top:


Put them in the oven for 20 minutes and presto, change-o! Look at this insanity:


Ideally, you don't want to see the layers, but I don't think anyone's going to mind that much. Next time I'll add a little extra almond milk to make the batter thinner and add less jam so that the seam closes up nicely. And maybe I'll switch it up... BLUEBERRY jam, anyone?

1 comment:

Kate said...

That sounds fantastic! My sister is a vegan and made some homemade fig newtons while I was upstate last weekend- so goooood!! I need to get the recipe from her, but I can pass it on to you :-)