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Aug 13, 2009 07:14 AM

Vegan Dessert?

I'm headed to a dinner party this weekend whose hostess has asked me to bring a dessert. This would typically be no problem, aside from the one minor problem: she's a vegan. I make avocado "ice cream" and coconut pudding fairly often, so I'd like to branch out a little, but would also prefer not to have to buy any specialty goods (e.g. egg substitute). Give me your best recipes!

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  1. Hot fudge pudding cake: I make it routinely with soy milk, and it comes out great. It's not fancy or beautiful, but it's prettier if you can serve it up in small dishes with, say, coconut sorbet on top. (The usual suggestion of whipped cream won't work here.) I am not vegan, and neither are any of my good friends, but this always sells well.

    1. Fruit crisp topped with whipped coconut cream. I would think about peach passion fruit this time of year.

      mooless chocolate pie

      Panna cotta made with agar agar.

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      1. re: jsaimd

        I was also going to suggest a vegan peach crisp with all the lovely peaches in season could add it with oats and cinnamon...if you need a recipe, let me know.

      2. Sorry, I don't have time to work out the recipe at the moment, but consider a tofu cheesecake? I did a mango-ginger tofu cheesecake one year that was so flavorful and rich. I have to say though, its a gamble if it doesn't come out right.

        I do recommend almond milk as a superior milk substitute (along with coconut.) They've got the fat that's missing from rice or soy milks (ew.) Your coconut pudding sounds lovely. Consider modifying it to a coconut rice pudding with nutmeg and blueberries?

        Also perhaps consider a banana bread or zucchini cake? I find the women of The Post Punk Kitchen do a nice job with desserts:

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        1. re: globalgourmand

          I make Tyler Florence's Ultimate Cheesecake with Vegan Better than Cream Cheese and Vegan Sour Cream... always awesome. And sub for the butter/marg in the crust.

          (I don't ever make the sauce. Unnecessary)

        2. Try these?
          Chocolate wacky cake with peanut butter frosting or the chocolate glaze:

          Banana cake (there is a lot of cinnamon in this, so you might want to cut it down):

          1. Mark Bittman has a recipe for Mexican Chocolate Tofu Pudding. The recipe couldn't be simpler (though I haven't made it yet) and even though I would say I'm not generally into "these types" of things it looks great.


            If you make this, post back and let us know how it is.

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            1. re: DMW

              That is very similar to how I make my chocolate mousse, but I have heard bad things about tofu cremes. Can anyone verify?

              1. re: DMW

                I made that when the recipe was in the paper. It was quite good. It's not a really wildly "special" dessert though, more of a family thing.