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Crusts are the foundation of many desserts so it’s important to treat them seriously. When making a crust for a springform pan, it’s important to have options that pair nicely with your dessert. Regular cheesecakes go great with a graham cracker crust but what if you’re not going the traditional route? That apple caramel cheesecake might be better paired with a ginger snap cookie crust or a walnut crust. What if you’re doing something entirely different from a cheesecake or maybe you have a gluten intolerance? Maybe you want to take it to the next level and make a chocolate mouse with a hazelnut crust! Now you can do almost any type of spring form crust if you have access to dry cookies or nuts based on the recipe below.
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What if you could have a fanny pack with a secret stash of caramel flavor that you could just dust onto things like apple cider donuts
, fold into apple pies
, work into cake batter
and sprinkle onto ice cream
whenever you wanted? Now you can! Caramel significantly enhances everything from chocolate to apple to vanilla, making this Caramel Powder a great thing to have in your kitchen flavor arsenal, or your fanny pack. Caramel powder is just sugar, water, oil and salt brought up to an amber caramelization temperature of 345F (174C) on the Candy Temperature Chart
. If you'd like a slightly deeper caramel flavor feel free to experiment with temperatures up to 375F (191C).
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This Maple Roasted Peanut recipe makes an addictive snack. Once I was on a San Francisco Muni train and was in the process of getting busted for both sneaking on without paying and eating while on the train. As the Muni cops closed in, I clutched my container of vegan Maple Roasted Peanuts tightly.
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Legend has it that egg nog originated in England where it consisted of a mix of milk, eggs and either brandy, Madeira or sherry. It wasn't until it was brought over the the United States that it started to get mixed with bourbon, a reaction to other liquor's scarcity during the American Revolutionary War. This vegan Cashew Egg Nog recipe is super easy to make and doesn't actually contain eggs. It's just a great 'nog to put a splash of bourbon or rum into. It's even good on it's own. Using the arrowroot powder or tapioca flour is important to achieve the creamy texture and emulsify the fats with the rest of the liquids. Perfect for a lazy evening next to a
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This vegan Bourbon Baked Apple recipe is a great way to get that ridiculously good apple flavor without resorting to the time intensive sport of pie making. It's kind of like an apple pie but without all the crust drama. The core of the apple is removed and replaced with a delectable mixture of pecans or walnuts, raisins, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. The whole deal is then doused with bourbon and baked to perfection. I won't tell if you drink some of the bourbon to make sure it's 'okay'.
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One wonderful summer in lovely Northern California, I had the pleasure of camping with one of my favorite people ever (who I'll just call Alf). That night he introduced me to something I'll never forget...Banana Delight! Serve with some quality sipping whiskey and good friends.
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This Mulled Wine recipe uses maple syrup as its primary sweetener then utilizes allspice berries, cinnamon bark, orange peel and clove berries for a smooth, spicy wine that will soothe those winter blues. This vegan spiced wine is great for holiday parties because it's easy to make and it gets things started.
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Hey, vegans can party too. Often times with Jello Shots and stunna shades. This Jello Shot recipe utilizes agar powder and arrowroot powder that is gelatinized in a little fruit juice and sugar then added to the high grain alcohol of your choice- usually vodka.
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This recipe for Poached Pears in Red Wine is perfect for last minute dinner parties because its easy to make and can be quickly made onsite. It features red wine enhanced with orange juice, sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon. The pears are then simmered in the mixture causing the sugars in the pears to caramelize and generate a multitude of wonderful flavor compounds that generally translates to "mmmmm". Oh and they taste awesome dolloped with vegan whipped cream or soy yogurt too.
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This Heavenly Hot Chocolate recipe is great when it's cold outside and you need a nice warm friend. Two different types of chocolate bring the chocolate power through which is further enhanced by a bit of espresso powder and a touch of cayenne. The vegan mixture is then simmered for fifteen minutes so sugars are given the chance to caramelize slightly. Feel free to customize it by adding a splash of coffee, mint extract, Kahlua or enjoy it on it's own.
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This Cinnamon Toast recipe is great when you get home late after being at the bar and you want a snack but don't want to bust out the vegan equivalent of Mastering the Art of French Cooking
. It takes advantage of the fact that when margarine, sugar and cinnamon are dusted over toast, awesome flavors are the result. Roommate tested and approved.
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