MAKES 12 CUPS With this in the pantry, you’ll have no reason to deny yourself a chocolate fix when the mood strikes. If you’re looking for that perfect chocolate cake—rich, complex, but light— look no further. How about deep, fudgy brownies (pictured opposite)? It’s right here. Or almost guilt-free and oil-free chocolate muffins? Got those covered, too. Best of all, if you have kids like mine who tell you at ten o’clock at night that they need a treat to take to school the next day, you’ll be the supermom who can whip out amazing desserts “from scratch” in moments.
The The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples by Miyoko Schinner is the book you need to start cooking vegan staples at home. All of building blocks as home made soy milk, your own tofu and tempeh, baking mixes, pan cake mixes, mac and cheese mix, glorious butterless butter (palm oil free). Dressings and sauces such as eggless mayo, brown sugar mustard, ketchup, teriyaki sauce, vegan oyster sauce, vegan fish sauce, ranch, no-oil caesar and many more. Basic pizza, rolls, biscuits, pastas, gluten-free polenta crackers, cake mix.
The book also uses some of these in recipes for soups, pasta, cakes, brownies, cookies. There are vegan subs for unribs, unchicken, and obviously amazing cheeses like oil-free cheddar and mozzarella, almond feta and many many more.
Condiments (sauces, dressings, jam),
dairy and egg-free goodness (cheese, yogurt, milks),
all you need is soup (broth, stock, soups),
the meat of the argument (tofu, yuba, yuba bacon, unfish, unchicken, unribs, neatballs),
magic and pasta (marinara, vodka sauce, mac n cheese mix),
the grains of truth (pancake mix, pizza dough, dinner rolls, pastry dough, granola)
sweet endings (cake mixes, buttercream, ice cream)
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I had to make the glorious butterless butter and it does not disappoint. Its not a good idea to have this one lying around in my house this summer :). I added some cayenne, garlic and cumin which makes the butter even more awesome. Get the butter recipe here.
I made the soymilk was surprised by the pleasant flavor. Miyoko’s recipe will give you less beany soymilk. I have made Miyoko’s cheese recipes from Artisan Vegan Cheese book and cannot wait to try the versions from this book!
So often the easily available staples are not a great choice for everyday meals because of the processing and innumerable ingredients. Miyoko makes it easy for anyone to make some of those with amazing results with some patience and practice.
I made the chocolate cake mix and decided to use it to make chocolate doughnuts. The cake mix uses baking soda and coconut sugar. The mix is mixed with boiling water to make such a silky batter which flows beautifully into the doughnut pan. Bake, cool, glaze, serve!
The book is hardcover and absolutely beautiful with elegant photos, great paper, pleasing, and gorgeous on the coffee table. Like most well designed and gorgeous books, I found that the design was given more preference over usability. The fonts could have been bigger and the instructions in paragraphs are hard to keep track of. Some breaks in the longer instructions would have helped for sure. The pages which are pastel colored with black writing on them are hard to read while cooking. This is just my preference though and my eyesight isn’t the best. I understand that it is hard to balance out everything with trying to fit things in pages and such. And eventually I get used to it after cooking for a while from the book. Plus, there is always the kindle version in which everything can be adjusted!
- 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 3 cups unbleached flour
- 4 1/2 cups coconut sugar or 4 cups organic sugar
- 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder not Dutch-processed
- 6 tablespoons very finely ground coffee espresso grind
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- Sift together all of the ingredients into a large bowl, then using a wire whisk, mix well until the mixture looks perfectly combined. Alternatively, you can use an electric mixer or food processor. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bags at room temperature for 3 to 4 months.
For the doughnuts: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F / 180ºc. In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup boiling water with 2 tbsp oil, 1 tsp vinegar and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Add 1 cup + 2 tbsp of the cake mix and whisk for at least 30 seconds. Pour the batter into greased doughnut pan and bake for 14 to 16 minutes. Cool slightly, then remove from pan. Cool completely and glaze.
- The glaze I used is vegan chocolate melted in a little coconut milk. Double dip and let set.
Nutritional values based on one cup of twelve