Monday, August 20, 2012

adventurous snickerdoodles

Those who have been around me while I am baking know that I have, well, unconventional methods. I rarely measure things carefully. I often just throw everything together without separating the wet and dry ingredients. It all depends on how much time I have (and usually I have none)!
Somehow, everything turns out well nearly every time!
So, just for fun, I thought I would post the recipe I actually used for snickerdoodles today!

1/4 cup earth balance (I ran out, hence the next three ingredients!)
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup rice bran oil/coconut butter mixture
1 cup organic unrefined turbinado sugar
1/4 cup date granules/sucanat mixture
2 tsp vanilla extract
threw in some vanilla powder
ener-g egg replacer for two eggs
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp (slightly more) sea salt
a "shake" of ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon

some powdered sugar
some turbinado sugar
1 tsp cinnamon pwd
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

The directions for making them are here:

I doubt anyone will actually follow this ridiculous recipe, but it just goes to show that baking recipes (for cookies, at least) are much more flexible than we tend to think :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Peanut Sauce Satay w/Broccoli, Carrots, and Bell Peppers

I've always loved dishes with peanut sauce, but had never tried to make one until a few days ago! I was surprised by how incredibly easy it was! NOTE!!! I have posted another peanut sauce recipe that I think is even better! Check it out and decide for yourself which sounds better! They're somewhat different :)

3/4 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 chopped garlic clove
1 tsp coconut palm sugar
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 dash of rice vinegar
a few drops of hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne
1/2 tsp ginger honey syrup (optional. you could just use ginger)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water

Mix the ingredients together in the order they're listed (the water and coconut milk last).
Steam broccoli and carrots. Toss bell peppers and brown rice in frying pan with a small amount of oil. Once cooked, add the broccoli and carrots, remove from heat, and add the sauce!