Vegan Triple Chocolate Cupcakes from “New Vegetarian” by Robin Asbell (win a signed copy)

Vegan triple chocolate cupcakes | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

I’m a sucker for a chocolate cake and so it seemed the perfect place for me to dive into Robin’s newest book. This one caught my eye for another reason as well — it is vegan. No, I’m not a vegan, but I’ve been looking for this very recipe since the day my brother and his girlfriend announced to the family that they were. I’d been experimenting with vegan cakes to serve them, but honestly I hadn’t gotten very far. I’m too wedded to butter, eggs and cream. Robin came to the rescue. I gave the recipe a test run for Katherine’s (the aforementioned girlfriend of my brother) Birthday. Truth be told I never actually gave them to Katherine, not for lack of desire, but because they are in Copenhagen at the Climate Change March, where they are preparing to display their artwork to affect change in the world. What a memorable birthday she will have and I will gladly make these cupcakes again once she returns. A perfect way to celebrate.

Robin manages to achieve a rich chocolate cake with a moist (but not dense) crumb without the benefit of eggs or dairy. Mystifying! The filling is remarkably reminiscent of mocha pastry cream and the ganache is chocolaty and glossy. It all defies classic baking and yet it works wonderfully.

As a gift to you Robin has signed a copy of New Vegetarian for me to give away. Just leave a comment below and I will pick a winner next week. Read More

Baked Alaska comes out of obscurity! (and the winner of Robin Asbell’s book)

Baked Alaska Recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Congratulations to Susan at www.wildyeast.com, she has won a copy of Robin Asbell’s The New Whole Grain Cookbook. Thank you so much to everyone who left such incredibly kind comments about the Apple Pumpkin Cake I made from her book. I hope you will all check out Robin’s fabulous book.

Like most Americans I have been consumed by this election. Right before the VP debate some of the foodies on Twitter were discussing what they would be eating during the face off. With all the talk about our 49th state these days It dawned on me that the perfect dessert for this event would be the once loved Baked Alaska. Read More

Apple Pumpkin Cake and a Fantastic Book Giveaway

Apple Pumpkin Cake Recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear friend BARB!!!!

Every year at this time I make apple cakes, many of them. It is our traditional dessert during Rosh Hashanah** and just simply delicious for any occasion. This year I tried a new recipe from Robin Asbell’s latest book on Whole Grains. It gets its richness from pumpkin puree, a layer of sauteed apples and then the whole thing is topped with spiced struesel. This cake is so amazing, I had to bake two. The first one my family ate before I could photograph it for this post, so I made another, it’s gone too. Because the cake is made with whole wheat flour, apples and pumpkin I feel great about satisfying my boys’ requests to eat it for breakfast, a snack and dessert.

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Two Winners and a Loser!

The FAIR has come to a close and with it the end of food-on-a-stick season, although I have a feeling I’ll continue just a bit longer. Someone astutely commented that “everything tastes better on a stick” and I think you are really on to something. My kids will apparently eat anything if it is impaled by a skewer, which immediately turns into a mighty dagger. The end of the FAIR also brings the winners of our raffles!!! Read More

Bread-on-a-Stick at the MN State FAIR

Bread-On-A-Stick | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

The MN State FAIR opens tomorrow and the annual food-on-a-stick showdown begins. Not to be left out of all the fun, Jeff and I will be presenting our bread methods and introducing our latest and greatest achievement; Bread-on-a-Stick. This Thursday and Friday at 5:00pm in the Creative Activities Building at the St. Agnes Kitchen, We will be demonstrating how to make these cinnamon rolls and other savory breads-on-a-stick. I’ve included the technique below for anyone who does not have the great fortune of living in MN or the ability to join us at the Fair.

For those of you who can make it to the FAIR, Jeff and I have put together a Gift Bucket Giveaway, to be raffled off at the St. Agnes Kitchen. It will contain a 6 Quart Cambro Bucket, Mixing Spoon and a signed copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Even though Jeff and I will only be there for the first two days, the Gift Bucket Giveaway raffle will be there for the entire FAIR. Just stop by the St. Agnes Kitchen and fill out a ticket. We will draw the name of the winner on the last day of the FAIR.

Because some of you are not able to be at the FAIR, we will also be randomly selecting someone’s comment from this post and sending them a signed copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Just leave a comment below or at www.artisanbreadinfive.com and you could win a book. We will select a winner on September 2nd. Read More