Vegan Fruit & Nut Mooncakes with Flaky Crust

Vegan Fruit & Nut Mooncakes with Flaky Crust

HAPPY MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL! 中秋節快樂

Here is the second time I put my hands on this fruit & nut mooncakes, the first time was here.

You may say why am I make the mooncakes so late, just on the day of Mid-Autumn festival. But I only can answer you, I was too busy over the whole two months. And I felt lucky that I can squeeze a bit of time to do this for my family. Wish they like it.

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Tofu Steaks with Homemade Black Bean Tofu 

Tofu Steaks with Homemade Black Bean Tofu

Every vegan knew what we can get the protein from our food. Soybean, tofu is the main source among them.

I love tofu in my cooking, today I make my own tofu with the black bean for a change. The ingredients are so simple because only have a mixture of black beans and normal soybeans, and I use the rice vinegar for the coagulant. It sets beautifully. But I forgot to sieve the soymilk twice. The texture looks a bit rough for my saying. But the taste remains the same.

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Vegan Lavender Shortbread (without butter)

Vegan Lavender Shortbread (without butter)

Hi, everyone, sorry for missing nearly a month. I am back in my own world again.

Firstly of all, I need your help. Can anyone tell me what is the difference between shortcake and shortbread? Even I did my research from the world of the internet, not really a good explanation that I can find!

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Morel (Morchella Vulgaris) Braised Tofu 羊肚菌紅燒豆腐

Morel (Morchella Vulgaris) Braised Tofu 羊肚菌紅燒豆腐

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The nutritional value of this Morel (Morchella) is very high as the price!

According to the internet information, there is fresh and dry Morel on the market, but the most important thing is that it has wild and cultivated points, and the effect is very different. It is best used for anti-cancer, immune-enhancing, gastrointestinal, phlegm, etc…

 

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Crispy Vegan Mung Bean pastry 綠豆酥皮餅

Crispy Vegan Mung Bean pastry 綠豆酥皮餅

 

Today’s pastry is called puff pastry but not really the same as the normal puff pastry that you can get from the supermarket. It is one of the Chinese pastry with thousand layers like I made before: Green Tea Spiral (Thousand Layer) Cake with Red Bean Paste ~ 綠茶,紅豆千層酥. It needs to prepare one ‘water’ dough (flour mixed with water mainly), another pastry is called ‘oil’ dough (flour mixed with butter or oil). But I prefer to use vegetable oil more than butter to get healthier, cause I need to take the concern of my cholesterol.

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Vegan Chocolate Chips

Vegan Chocolate Chips

This is the one I want to make a long time ago, just wondering when it started on my to-do-list?

Nevermind, I am going to wipe off from the list today!

Chocolate chip is the essential item for baking a chocolate cake or making cookies. And I always think to buy the vegan chocolate chips are too far expensive to me. That’s the reason I always want to make it myself.

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Vegan Butter

Vegan Butter

I have quite a few experiments to make Vegan butter and with my key lime bars before. Those two recipes adapted two different ingredients.

Today’s recipe is not the same as before. They contain almond flour and nut milk with coconut oil and vinegar. Warmly suggest you get the refined coconut oil to avoid the strong coconut taste. I did a little bit of research to find which coconut oil is refined. The most common brand is the Pure KTC coconut oil, that’s is the refined one. But you need to be careful, except the Pure one, the others are virgin, extra virgin, organic virgin all are not refined coconut oil, it means that these few oils have the aroma of coconut smell. KTC coconut oil you can get it from the Sainsbury supermarket in the UK easily.

Also, highly recommend you to get a silicon butter mould, it will be much easier to get the butter out of the mould after the butter solidify.

Wish you have happy baking, enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Petra. A great to find her blog, a Holistic Nutritionist.

Vegan Butter

Ingredient: 

  • 8 tbsp Almond Flour
  • 10 tbsp unsweetened cashew milk, (I use almond milk)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Pink salt
  • 1 tsp coconut vinegar (I use Apple cider vinegar), or (you can use lemon juice instead)
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil or rapeseed oil
  • 1 cup Refined coconut oil, melted

Method:

  1. Place almond flour, nut milk, nutritional yeast, salt, and coconut vinegar into a blender and blend until smooth. The mixture should be completely smooth without any grainy bits.
  2. Pour in the refined coconut oil and olive oil then blend on full speed until velvety smooth and light. Blend the mixture for at least 2 minutes so a lot of air gets in.
  3. Pour the vegan butter into a butter mould or silicone mold. Place it in the fridge and let it set. Depending on the size of your container, it might take several hours for the butter to solidify.

Note: 

  1. You can use this vegan butter just like you would regular butter. However, not recommend using it when high temperatures are involved. This includes frying, broiling, and grilling.
  2. Store leftover butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (The shelf-life will be shorter if using homemade almond milk. The butter will last for however long your homemade milk lasts). For longer term storage, freeze the butter in silicone ice cube trays. Once set, squeeze the butter cubes out and keep them in a sealed freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Another Half-day Adventure in Amsterdam(Albert Cuyp Market)~Day 4

Another Half-day Adventure in Amsterdam (Albert Cuyp Market)~Day 4

Being on a holiday, we loved to browse around the local market, remember our first day? We had visited the ‘floating’ market, Bloemenmarkt after we landed on Schiphol Airport.

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Trip to Amsterdam~Day 2 (Windmill Village)

Trip to Amsterdam~Day 2 (Windmill Village)

The weather on the second day was not too bright, and the temperature was chilly. Then we decided to take a day to visit the beautiful Dutch windmill village, Zaanse Schans is on the banks of the Zaan river. We got the train tickets from Schiphol airport to Sloterdijk first then change to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, it took about half an hour.

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