American Vegan Kitchen: Delicious Comfort Food from Blue Plate Specials to Homestyle Favorites
Very Vanilla Raisin Bread with Raisin Bread Glaze
Café Broccoli Salad
Coconut “Bacon” Bits
Old-Fashioned Tempeh Burgers with Burger Sauce
Chocolate Chip Quick Cake
I’ve been so excited for this week, because we’ve had this cookbook since December and haven’t made a single thing! Everything sounds great, so we dove into it this weekend…
The second breakfast recipe we made was the Very Vanilla Raisin Bread. This recipe took a lot of patience, so I was really hoping that it would be worth the effort… and it was! I followed the recipe word-for-word (okay, except using half whole wheat flour), because I really wanted it to turn out. I was surprised by a few things… two tablespoons of vanilla? I guess that’s why it’s “very” vanilla and the amount of rising time. I don’t know if it was due to the whole wheat flour, but my dough didn’t seem to rise much. It passed the “finger test” though, so I suppose that was the important part. In the end, the loaf barely made it through the day. We each had two thick slices with a cup of tea and a few grapes for breakfast and it slowly disappeared as the day progressed. Chad said he would like to “triple” the icing next time; I don’t know about that, but it was pretty good. I might add some vanilla bean paste to the dough for even extra vanilla flavor.
The next “side” (I’m not sure what this should be called) was Coconut “Bacon” Bits. I have to start by saying, if you own this book and haven’t made this recipe, stop reading and go make it! They really were THAT good… salty and smoky, with a little sweetness. It was so simple… coconut flakes with some liquids and seasoning tossed in the oven for 20 minutes and you’re rewarded with amazingly delicious tasty little bits. I think Chad ate half of the bacon before we had dinner.
|so tasty, but not so pretty|
We still have a few things planned for the week and I can’t wait to try them! I would even be happy with eating leftovers of this all week… if we had any leftovers!