Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Moosewood Brownies

I think I've found my brownie recipe. I baked off a tray of these decadent, fudgy brownies for a pool party recently. The pool party ended up getting canceled...and guess what happened to all the brownies?

No, I didn't eat all of them. I froze half (they freeze beautifully--are even more moist once thawed) and shared them with lucky friends who happened to drop by over the next few weeks. I must confess, however, that I probably ate about half of them. I can't help it, I love a seriously good brownie.

Moosewood Brownies
adapted from Moosewood Cookbook

  • 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate (5 squares)
  • 2 sticks butter 
  • 1 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or anything else)


  1. Butter a 9x13-inch baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Gently melt the chocolate. Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
  5. Stir in the vanilla.
  6. Stir constantly as you drizzle in the melted chocolate. After all the chocolate is in, beat well for a minute or two.
  7. Stir in flour.
  8. Mix just enough to blend thoroughly.
  9. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  10. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center come out clean.
  11. Cut into squares while still hot, then allow to cool for at least 10 minutes, if you can wait that long.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes

I've been obsessed with biscuits lately. Scones, shortcakes, flaky biscuits--anything that I can throw some fresh fruit and cream on. I found this great recipe for vegan shortcakes. While they are great right out of the oven--delicate crumb, balanced and light vanilla flavor--they did harden up as the day wore on. No bother, I simply split and toasted them. It should be noted too that while the shortcakes are entirely vegan, the whipped cream is not. These would be just as delicious with dairy-free vanilla ice cream.

Vegan Shortcakes

 3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
 ¼ cup and 2 T. white sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
2 ½ t. baking powder
¼ t. salt
6 T. dairy-free soy margarine, cut into pieces
½ cup unsweetened plain almond milk, soymilk or rice milk

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, toss the strawberries with the 2 T. sugar until well coated. Cover and place in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, make the biscuits. In a big bowl, mix together the remaining ¼ cup sugar, flour, baking powder and salt until well-mixed. Add the dairy-free soy margarine and cut it in until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add the non-dairy milk alternative and mix until the dough just begins to hold together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
3. On a lightly floured surface, turn out the dough and pat into 8 small round biscuits. Transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking sheet, sprinkle lightly with sugar, and bake about 18-22 minutes, or until golden. Allow the biscuits to cool on the baking sheet. To serve, place two biscuits on each plate with a scoop of whipped cream or dairy-free ice cream and a helping of the sugared strawberries.