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Vegan MoFo – Kitchen Witch

Are you a clean as you go cook?  I’m not…and I could never understand the smug looks that come over some people when they claim that little piece of infamy as their own.  My internal response is, “So?”; my polite, do not hurt feelings, or crush someone’s feelings of accomplishment voice says, “Oh, that’s nice, I’m not”.  So what is it about cleaning up as you go that makes this method so much better than my flour covered kitchen, sink filled with dirty dishes, and boxes, jars, canisters, cans of ingredients all over the place method?  What in the world do you do while your sweeties bake?  Cure cancer, that would be a good thing; walk the dog, what if the house burns down because you forget those sweeties in the oven and stop to have a glass of wine or two with the neighbor who’s out watering his lawn when you walk by with said pooch?  What about that??  With my method, you act like you’re on Cupcake Wars or Chopped shouting things out as you toss them in the oven; a veritable whirling dervish of flour and sugar.  Then you pop whatever it is you’re making in the oven and while the judges deliberate the genius of your creation you clean up.  There you go, a clean kitchen and your house is still standing and you won’t have a hangover from your neighbors cheap boxed wine.  I know, I know…we still need the cure for cancer, maybe next week.

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To this – – Pumpkin Scones

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MoFo #18 – Mix it Up

Knowing I would be eating lunch in a couple of hours I just wanted something quick and not too filling for breakfast. Enter an easy scone mix that I picked up at last years Harvest Festival. It was about to expire anyway so the time had come. These mixes by Iveta are vegan and quite delicious. I usually like to bake from scratch but there are times when a mix comes in handy. When they taste good too that’s just a bonus! The recommendation is to use heavy whipping cream to make these however there are instructions on veganizing by using Silk creamer or cashew cream like MimicCreme. I didn’t have either so I just used soy milk. They weren’t as tender as the ones I’ve made using the cream suggestions but still filled the bill for a light little snacky breakfast.

Apple Cinnamon Scones

and a pretty sunset tonight

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Bananas for Bananas

I like bananas, I like them baked in things and blended in things, and just mashed up between two pieces of bread (with peanut butter of course).  What I don’t like is banana flavored things, like those bright yellow banana Popsicles we used to have as kids, or banana taffy, you know the things I’m talking about.  Somehow fake banana flavor just can’t live up to the real thing, which is true for most flavors if you think about it.  Last night, I got in a baking mood when I spotted two very ripe bananas (oh wait, I think I made a joke, spotted ripe bananas, you know spots on the banana means it’s ripe and I spotted them…okay, never mind, not so funny).   Instead of banana bread or banana muffins which are so over done (I’m not making any jokes about overdone banana bread here) I decided on Banana Date Scones from VCON which I had just been perusing the night before.  The dates I used were so soft, that they basically turned to mush when I tried to chop them finely per the recipe.  Then I was supposed to toss them with a tablespoon of flour which kind of turned into date paste.  But in spite of the relative blobbiness of the dates once I got them folded into the waiting scone batter they seemed to disperse throughout so I didn’t have one scone with a giant blob of dates in the middle, although that might not be a bad thing, but the other scones would feel cheated I’m afraid.  I had no brown rice syrup, it’s just not something I keep around, so I used maple syrup instead.  I did have some turbinado sugar that I sprinkled on top to make them look more bakery-like.  These are giant scones.  I didn’t use my mini scone pan like I usually do, I use it so I can portion out the scones and don’t eat them all at once.  I wanted to try making them according to the recipe so I used a half cup measure to scoop out these giant things…only four to a pan.  They turned out really good, tender (I hate that word but I’m using it anyway because it describes these), not too sweet with bits of dates and walnuts throughout.  I ate one warm last night even though it was really too late to be eating.  I shared the rest today, I like to bake and share so I’m not tempted by baked good staring at me all day.  These will go on my list of things to do with ripe bananas, I don’t really have a list except maybe in my head.

From dates…

to dough…

to deliciousness!

Up close to make your mouth water

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