Vegan holiday baking
So I'd like to make some treats for coworkers next week but there some who are vegan or lactose intolerant. Any suggestions on recipes or substitutions on eggs and such as binders? Thanks!
First of all, that's very sweet and considerate of you.
I usually use non-vegan recipes and substitute as needed. If your co-workers are strict vegans, you should also avoid refined sugar, as some of it is processed with bone char. The cane sugar granules that are the size / shape of sugar work well as a substitute (I don't avoid refined sugar, and still prefer that stuff).
Even though it's like $5-6 for a box (which will last for a *long* time - it'll probably go bad before you run out), I'd suggest getting Ener-G egg replacer (available at most health food places). It's a powder made of potato starch, tapioca flour, and some other random stuff. In many cases, you can just mix it in with the dry ingredients; otherwise, you mix it with water (1.5 tsp egg replacer / 2 Tbsp water). One little trick - it will work better if you add a tiny bit of extra baking powder if the recipe calls for it. Like 1/8 tsp or less extra.
The main other egg substitute I've seen people use is flax seed.
For dairy, replace w/ almond milk or soy milk, and for small amounts of butter, you can use non-hydrogenated margarine sticks (like Earth Balance), or else oil.
Not super holiday-themed, but I made some really good chocolate cupcakes with hazelnuts, with chocolate frosting and raspberries on top. I kinda threw the recipe together from a few different recipes online; they came out great.
My family has this cookie making party every year that we've been having since I was 1; my mom makes these sugar cookies (these days she just makes all the dough without milk or eggs, even though the original recipe calls for butter), and they taste great - no one ever complains. I can try to get the recipe if you want, but they're pretty standard sugar cookies (the recipe is probably from James Beard, Fannie Farmer, or some other old cookbook).
I used to do a fair amount of baking for vegan friends- here's a recipe for sugar cookies that is easy and tasty.
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. vegan margarine (such as earth balance)
3/4 c. soy or rice milk with 1-t. vinegar added to make sour milk)
4 to 5 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1-t. baking soda
Mix dry ingredients together. Cream margarine (or replacer) and sugar. Add soured milk alternately with dry ingredients. Chill dough for 1 hour. Cut dough into quarters and roll, one quarter at a time. Do not roll too thin! Cut into desired shapes. Sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. DO NOT BROWN
I veganized the Chocolate Spice cookies from "Perfect Light Desserts ..." by Nick Malgieri and David Joachim. The recipe is available on Kim O'Donnel's blog here:
I used olive oil instead of butter. Earth Balance is a better substitute but I ran out. The cookies still turned out great; nice spice and chocolate flavours.