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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles {Vegan}

Insert basic joke here.

Starbucks released their Pumpkin Spiced Lattes a full half-month earlier than usual, and yesterday I was in the liquor store and discovered a host of pumpkin-spiced liquors.

Yup, seems like everything is coming up pumpkin spiced these days.

But here’s the thing: I really love this flavour combo, especially this time of the year. I also recently bought a big can of pumpkin puree, and I’m frantically baking all the pumpkin things to use it up before it goes bad.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles Vegan

I just can’t help it, guys, this time of the year I am craving pumpkin, squash, apples, and all the warming spices that go so well with them: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, and nutmeg.

I’m actually not a huge fan of the Starbucks PSL. They’re too sweet for my taste, I really can only handle one a year, and then I’m good.

But I’ll pumpkin spice the sh!t out of any baked good, and I dare you to stop me.

Case in point: these pumpkin snickerdoodles.

This recipe is a riff on the one you’ll find in my cookbook.

For me, the snickerdoodle is a cookie that reminds me of childhood and happy times growing up. My mom made these for us. A lot. I think I was under the impression that they were much more complicated than they actually were, until I started making them myself.

Turns out, they’re really simple, but they have this really pleasing dual texture: crispy and crackly on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. The perfect combo.

What helps to make them crispy on the outside is their cinnamon-sugar roll prior to going into the oven. Here, I added pumpkin puree to the mix, and bumped up the spice mixture to include all those pumpkin spices we’ve grown to know and love.Vegan Pumpkin snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles {Vegan}

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (vegan)
  • 1/4 cup aquafaba
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • For the sugar: 1/4 cup granulated sugar, mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp ground cloves , 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg.

Method

  1. In mixer bowl, combine vegan butter, sugar, aquafaba, pumpkin and vanilla. Set speed to low and beat for 3 minutes.
  2. Add dry ingredients and spices, then beat on low speed until everything is incorporated, about 2 minutes, stopping the motor to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Combine the 1/4 cup sugar with the rest of the spices in a separate, shallow bowl. Scoop out 1″ balls of dough and roll them into balls in your hands, then toss them in the sugar and spices until they are coated. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9-10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool.

Lemon Blueberry Pavlova Two Ways {Vegan}

I’m not quite sure what I’ve gotten myself into. It’s blueberry season, and I seem to just keep acquiring more and more and more blueberries! It’s not my fault… they just follow me home, honest!

So, yeah, I have too many blueberries, so I have been making ALL the blueberry things. Earlier it was a (non vegan) lemon blueberry pound cake, but I always like to make sure I have something that’s entirely plant-based happening most of the time.

Today’s recipe is just that.

And I found, when I started to get into the recipe, that I could use the same ingredients in a variety of different ways. I was actually able to create two distinctive desserts out of the same group of ingredients.

Lemon Blueberry Pavlova

Dessert number one is a vegan pavlova.

If you’re not Australian you may not know what Pavlova is. Basically, it’s a big meringue that is baked at a low temp for a long time, and the final result is something that is crispy on the outside, but chewy on the inside. They are usually topped with a mixture of curd, whipped cream, and fresh berries, and often served at Christmas.

My vegan version is made, of course, from aquafaba. You simply take a basic aquafaba meringue recipe and instead of piping it into “kisses,” you pipe it into what looks a little like a bird’s nest. This creates the base of the pavlova. You top it with lemon curd, fresh berries, and coconut whip.

Blueberry Lemon Eton Mess

Dessert number two is inspired by a non-vegan one I had a few weeks back at a local restaurant, H2 at the Westin Bayshore. It was called a Blueberry Lemon Eton Mess, and it consisted of layers of lemon curd, whipped cream and a blueberry compote, topped with meringues. It was delicious, but I wanted to recreate it and make it vegan.

Vegan Blueberry Lemon Eton Mess

Here’s the basic recipes to create both:

Here is how to make the meringue. I piped half into “birds nests” to make pavlovas and half into “kisses” for the Eton Mess. You can skip the raspberry powder if you like, but I had some left over from making this recipe, and I liked the idea of raspberry and blueberry together.

Here is how to make the lemon curd.

  • 2/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • pinch of salt
  1. In a mason jar, combine water, non dairy milk and cornstarch. Screw on the lid and shake well to mix. Pour into a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, and then cook over medium heat, stirring continuously with a whisk until it starts to bubble.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, and continue to stir until it thickens and bubbles.You’ll know it’s done when it coats the back of a spoon, and you can run your finger through it without it running back together.

Here is how to make the coconut whip (or you can be lazy and buy it in a can!).

Here is how to make the blueberry compote:

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  1. In a smallish saucepan, place all the ingredients over  medium heat, and gently bring to a boil. Allow to cook down for 5-10 minutes, until the consistency is jammy. I like to mash mine up with a potato masher, or you can puree it in your blender if you like a smoother consistency. Allow to cool before creating your dessert–it will thicken as it cools.
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