Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Spring Rolls and Tomato-Basil Bread

The Chef: Sara

The Menu: The Asian-cuisine theme continued today with Tal Ronnen’s Ponzu-glazed Tofu Crystal Rolls. Baked tofu marinated in ponzu sauce teamed up with rice vermicelli, carrots, cabbage, and scallions in these Japanese-inspired Thai spring rolls. A dash of Miso Sambal Sauce topped them off, adding a tangy kick. Sara also made a refreshing mixed greens salad with cherry tomatoes, and Frankie treated us to homemade tomato-basil bread.

The Goods: Not only did we get to enjoy another day of recipe-testing from The Conscious Cook, but we were inundated with freshly baked goods. After Frankie’s awesome bread, Ms. Laura Beck surprised us with pumpkin bread, which we quickly devoured. Oh, and we dined al fresco. We're pretty happy right now. To share our good fortune, we’re giving away another copy of The Conscious Cook! First, congratulations to yesterday’s winner, cardamomandcastiron, who attributes good health to drinking lots of water. Cardamomandcastiron, send us an e-mail with your full name and mailing address and we’ll send your copy stat! For a chance to win today, just tell us in the comments: What’s your all-time favorite vegan baked good?

149 comments:

birdfeed said...

Some good, simple, whole wheat bread. It's chewy, tasty, and classic!

ulchabhán said...

I love my homemade vegan chocolate chip banana nut muffins. Sooo good right out of the oven.

Elaine said...

My homemade banana bread, it is to die for!

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Krista said...

That's a hard one since baked good alone are my favorite... My favorite non-sweet baked good is La brea bakery rosemary garlic bread.

Robin said...

Your basic perfect chocolate chip cookie! So many people can relate to a warm baked chocolate chip cookie, and when I make it vegan, but nobody knows it's vegan, it tastes even better for me!

Stacy Carter said...

Almost anything from watercourse bakery - especially the sugar cookies!

Angie said...

vegan cinnamon rolls. warm, gooey, and all around yummy.

Glass of Whine said...

Pumpkin spice cookie with icing...especially this time of year. Pair it with a warm beverage, super yummy!

mark said...

Pumpkin spice whoopie pies!!! sooo gooood

Lori said...

My mother-in-law's veganized chocolate chip cookie. <3

Holly M said...

Any kind of good, chewy bread. Italian is good, French is good, bagels are good. I couldn't live without my carbs.

CB said...

Anything from Liz Lovely!

Raven said...

I reworked Cinnabon's cinnamon bun recipe so that they're vegan, and they are SO good! Not really that hard to make, either. Those pumpkin spice cookies sound declicious, though!

Chasity Bradley said...

I love strawberry rhubarb pie. I think it had something to do with my Grandfather passing at the beginning of the year. He always loved to have a garden and he had a ton of rhubarb. He always tried to get me to taste it but I wouldn't. But after he passed I brought some of his plants to my house and have been making pies and other rhubarb goodies ever since. I love pumpkin stuff too though.. ;)

Aleesha said...

It's almost too hard to choose... but I guess I'd have to say my grandma's whole-wheat bread. The yeasty, homey smell when it's baking is amazing. And the next day, it's great toasted with peanut butter. YUM.

taleoftwovegans said...

I recently blogged about some nanaimo bars I veganized last year, and I've had a hankering for them ever since. Ooo, so decadent! -Eve

Curry St John said...

It is hard to narrow it down, but I had an amazing vegan carrot cake at Cafe Sunflower in Atlanta last December, and as a HUGE carrot cake fan who only went vegan about a year and a half ago, and wasn't sure I'd ever eat carrot cake again... well, I was in heaven. :)

Sonaranda said...

Whole wheat rosemary-onion-beer bread.

Fat Bottom Bakery said...

Vegan cinnamon buns, or maybe a good, basic vanilla cake.

Rachel said...

That's a hard one, but when I get to make vegan cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and two of my favorite ones from there would have to be the Green Tea cupcakes and the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cupcakes.

herbstsonne said...

The orange glazed scones from Vegan with a Vengeance!

The Bronze Prince said...

The sweet potato and date muffins they make at Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market (Toronto). To die for!

christy said...

my local co-op (Wheatsville, located in Austin, TX) does an oatmeal cream pie that is unbelievably delicious and vegan. they sell out in no time flat, so we get there early to make sure we get our fix.

Sick On Sin said...

Wow - do I have to choose just one?! I'll go with the soft and super delish chocolate chocolate chip cookies I make (not only do I love them - but every non-vegan that has ever tried them has been blown away by the yumminess!). So good right out of the oven - as well as right out of the freezer! Kind of wishing I had a plate of them right now...

trinanddave@hotmail.com said...

Any bake sale goodie from Seattle's all-vegan store, Sidecar.

Vegyogini said...

Chocolate ginger cookies. :)

Jessica said...

My basic homemade vegan chocolate cake, plain and simple.

Jessica S said...

Chocolate Cupcake with Vegan "Buttercream" Frosting

Harriet Cross said...

Babycakes chocolate brownies - they melt in the mouth.

Molly G said...

a GREAT vegan cinnamon bun is always welcome!

Owner said...

Have to go old school as well and say the Cinnamon bun.

Kathy said...

Apple pecan muffins from Joy of Vegan Baking. Yum.

Amber said...

Cupcakes from Sweet Pea Bakery in Portland, OR.

CaliGirl said...

Definitely homemade banana bread with walnuts.

Kristine McGuire said...

My all time favorite vegan baked good is a basic chocolate cupcake with chocolate "butter"cream frosting swirled around the top.

typecraft said...

Absolutely yummy vegan french toast cupcakes from Yummy Bakery in Burbank, CA. They really taste like french toast!

Rasa said...

vegan chocolate chip cookies, vanilla cupcakes!!

fruityveggie said...

Pumpkin Muffins!

Anonymous said...

Tofu pound cake with a lemon-sugar glaze! mmmM!

Samo said...

Delish lasagna with tofu ricotta, soysage and spinach! mmmmm!

Fadwa said...

Cinnamon rolls? No brainer.

ColleenV said...

My homemade, vegan, chocolate chip and black walnut cookies!!! Hot out of the oven, completely cooled, or RAW!!!!!! Yum...

TracyP said...

My favorite is Joy of Vegan Baking's banana bread. The recipe is really for muffins with chocolate chips, but I make it weekly in a loaf pan with vegan white chocolate chips. Yum!

Josiane said...

My all-time favorite vegan baked good? Either the last one I made, or the next one I'll bake! Really, there are so many delicious recipes for vegan baked goods, how could I choose one over the others? :)

Erika said...

Vegan nanaimo bars - definately! (or carob chip banana bread...this is my runner up...)

Ariela said...

I'm an earthy crunchy hippie so my fave vegan baked good has got to be the mind blowing carrot spice muffin infused with vega protein powder that miss Chloe Jo Berman of GirlieGirl Army baked up for me.

mmm mmm...

Lauren said...

Vegan carrot cake is definitely my all time favorite! YUMMM!!

Julie said...

Pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World!

donandjenn said...

Colleen's zucchini bread! Mmmmmmmm!

kelly g. said...

This is probably a cliche, but...RONALD'S DONUTS!!!1!!!1!

Brittany said...

vegan croissants! thankfully for my waistline they're not too common.

stephanie.michalak said...

vegan carrot cake. nothing else.

Nikki M said...

My all-time favorite vegan baked goods are the Liz Lovely snickerdoodles!

Dawn said...

My favorite vegan baked good is cupcakes. Any flavor will be just great. Thank goodness for Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World!

Amanda said...

Baked doughnuts hands down.

Kelsey said...

some delcious gingerbread cookies!

Cyn said...

CUPCAKES!

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

I'm with many of the posters here... good homemade bread... YUM!!

Vegoveg said...

so many to choose from. I'd have to say right now, my fav baked items are: Sticky buns, peanut crunch cookies (well, any kind of cookie really), chocolate chip banana muffins

Georgie said...

My own veganised recipe for hummingbird cake - Banana, mango, cream cheeze frosting, what more would you want?

Beau Andrew said...

You seriously cannot beat a classic chocolate chip cookie. I must say that the recipe in JoVB cannot be beaten. Once people realize that their childhood classics can be made without cruel dairy and eggs, they'll come over from the dark side and embrace veganism (hopefully)

true blue said...

Blueberry buns from Viva La Vegan.

Tessa said...

I love anything pumpkin--Vegan pumpkin bread with lemon glaze is always delicious!

Amanda said...

Peanut butter bars with chocolate on top..I dream of them!!

Jackie Smith (the other one) said...

Rumnog cookies from Veganomicon. They are the perfect winter cookie.

Katelin said...

Gooey vegan cinnamon rolls with lots of icing! The best 'egg replacer' in the world is comprised of milled flax seeds and warm water. Works great in cinnamon rolls and most other baked goods.

onions! said...

KASHA BARS FROM THE PCC NATURAL MARKET IN SEATTLE!! almond butter, toasted buckwheat groats, maple syrup, dates, and oat bran. HEAVEN!

evergreengrrrl said...

I love cranberry orange muffins. And pumpkin bread. And lemon, poppy seed drizzle cake. I love baked goodies, period.

However, this week has called for more success than just a lot of pumpkin bread from the Farmers' Market. With your help, I have had the guts to go veggie. And my guts feel better for doing so. I have been dabbling for years and was not inspired to do so until I came upon your magazine. Thank you for encouraging a great deal of change in this ever green girl.

MacKenzie said...

banana bread, cookies, cinnamon rolls. oh, goodness, i need to get in the kitchen stat!

Julie said...

Peanut butter cupcakes!

Christa said...

Ahhhh the Vegan Cupcake! Oh so trendy. Melt-in-your-mouth. Delicious. Moist. Decorate them any way you want. The easiest to prove to non vegans that vegan baking is TRULY the way to go!

Stefanie Schmidt said...

My favorite vegan baked goods are vegan cupcakes and vegan smores. I was so excited when I found vegan marshmallows and they make the perfect smores. So many bakeries have vegan options now and cupcakes are the perfect bite size treat and so delicious!

Liv said...

Lemon cookies!

Johnny Milford said...

Oatmeal raisin cookies. My wife asks me to bake them every few days.

HeyitsBeth said...

Can't beat the classic chocolate chip cookie!

Becca S said...

CINNAMON ROLLS!

Amey said...

oh, lucky cardamomandcastiron, I like that blog!

my favorite vegan baked good... hmm... so hard to pick just one. I think I'll have to go with sourdough bread. does that count? I think it's my favorite baked good PERIOD. It's definitely one of my "if I were stranded on an island" foods.

Melisser said...

Ooh, this is a tough one! I'm going to go with Caramel Hazelnut Bars as my favorite baked good at the moment!

mszzzi said...

homemade vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Pudding Cake!

K.E.N. said...

Coconut Lime Bars from Sweetpea Baking Co!

Kelli said...

Tofu cheesecake! Just as creamy and delicious as the real thing.

Rachel said...

All the dessert breads...banana, cranberry, pumpkin...mmmm, tis the season!

Ken said...

Looks wonderful, will have to try this if we win a cook book!

lm said...

Gingerbread - especially with a cold wet Nor'easter blowing outside. my favorite recipe is from The Voluptuous Vegan, Myra Kornfeld.

Miss Misery said...

Black and white cookies (the recipe from the May/June '09 issue) they are my absolute favorite treat.

Kristina said...

My Mom started veganizing my Great Aunt Ruth's Black Walnut Oatmeal cookies for me over 10 years ago - We still eat them every year at Christmas - it's not the same without them!

K said...

Double chocolate biscotti num nums!!!

ImTheMarigold said...

MONKEY BREAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Haley said...

I absolutely adore freshly baked banana bread.

Lau said...

For me, it's a tie between pumpkin cranberry bread and coconut-lime cupcakes. The former is excellent for the holidays and the latter is an excellent summer treat!

Lisa Dahlmeier said...

A dense, rich, chocolate raspberry cake that I veganized - and for the holidays - Ginger-Spice Brownies from Robin Robertson's new book, 1000 Vegan Recipes.

Monica said...

Wow, so many great comments! I have to say, for me, that my favorite coffee shop makes delicious vegan cookies stuffed with raisins and walnuts. This, in a town, where vegan is basically a foreign word!

Noelle said...

cheesecake of course!!

Vegan Chic said...

Peanut butter chocolate cupcakes w/ peanut butter chocolate frosting from "The Joy of Vegan Baking" cookbook. Sooo good!

Crystal said...

Oh wow.. well I think the one thing I can not turn down would be a good oatmeal raisin cookie. But I'm also a sucker for banana bread, pumpkin bread and carrot cake/or muffins. Mmmmm.

Chrissy said...

That lunch looks delicious!
My favorite vegan baked good is hard to narrow down. I love baking! But if pressed, I would have to go with VeganYumYum's apple pie coffee cake. It's decadent enough for dessert, but light enough for Sunday brunch.

Sue said...

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemony Frosting - perfect for holiday season - moist, fluffy gingerbread cupcakes! :)

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Christine said...

I do the baking at a vegan cafe and lately I've been hooked on the cupcakes I bake for Mocha Mondays: mocha cupcakes with mocha frosting. Yum! And just the kick you need to get your week started.

maria said...

Pie! Otherwise, anything involving PB and chocolate.

rachel said...

My all-time fave vegan baked good is the brownies from the Omega Institute's cafe in upstate New York. They are amazing! I begged for the recipe but mine didn't seem to turn out as great as theirs. These brownies are so good I have dreams about them!

Melanie said...

cardamom date muffins... mmmm

Megan Anne said...
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Megan Anne said...

Red Velvet Cake from Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, PA

Laura said...

That's a tough one -- ask me tomorrow and I'll say something different than today. Today I'll say Chocolate Peanut Butter Shells, a la the Nom! Nom! Nom! blog (and Hannah Kaminsky has a nearly identical recipe too.)

Cindy said...

Oatmeal raisin cookies win with me every time. The pumpkin oatmeal cookies I made yesterday are pretty tasty too!

Kelly L. said...

The chocolate cupcakes with chocolate glaze from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World = ]

Alicia said...

That is a tough choice, but I would have to say Vegan Spelt Bread. There is just something about Spelt bread that makes me happy.
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Jody said...

I'm a huge brownie fan. Though I like to make my own, my favorite are from Cafe Evolution in central MA.

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

biscuits with earth balance

Julie said...

A recipe for chocolate cupcakes that I found in an issue of VegNews! I make it often, and the cupcakes disappear in a flash.

Julia said...

I love my ginormous peanut butter chocolate chip cookies :)

KP said...

The vegan gineger cookies from Peet's coffee in Sacramento. They are heaven.

mfischrob said...

Pumpkin muffies!!

Abigail S. Bean said...

Vegan Treats' glazed marshmallow cream filled donut is the best. Om nom!

Thomasin said...

Zucchini bread. Can't beat it.

a.m.c. said...

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies... I've got a recipe that's so delicious, it's all I can do to actually get some of the cookies in the oven!

Cynthia said...

Gotta give my mom some props...she makes the dreamiest, most sinfully rich chocolate mousse pie. Thanks mom!

Carynne said...

Chocolate chip cookies, fresh out of the oven!

OceanSword said...

the vegan lemon bars from 'The Joy of Vegan Baking'...so very good

Amy Stross said...

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars in The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick Goudreau, still warm from the oven, topped with a scoop of Coconut Bliss Vanilla Island.

VeggieMedic said...

Vegan Apple Pie! Every time I make it, it's devoured by omni's, veggies and vegans.

shellysn said...

my fave vegan baked good is the cinnamon sticky bun from sticky fingers bakery in DC! yum!!!!

Nicole said...

Pumpkin biscuits! From Vegan Planet, I think... can make them savory or sweet yum!

Chris C. said...

just one?! I'd say the coffee/chocolate/coconut cupcakes with coffee buttercream frosting from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. that and any flavor of homemade pie!

Debbie said...

Vegan Irish soda bread

Meghan said...

My favorite vegan baked good=any of the amazing recipes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.

Becky said...

I love the full meal muffins from the vegan lunchbox!!

Monzellia said...

oh I recently tried the vegan candy bar Twilight. It was sinfully delicious!!!!!

devorah said...

blueberry & lime cake w/ icing. However, I just perfected a vegan/gluten free Honey cake that's a close 2nd ....very yummy!

Marie-Jolie said...

Vegan cupcakes!! Yummo!

Smallu said...

For me, there's nothing better than spiced oatmeal cookies fresh from the oven; they are especially comforting this time of year.

Ariadne said...

I dare anyone to argue with a vegan pumpkin cheesecake! ....Can't do it, can you?

M said...

wheat-free vegan choco-chip cookies from the Veganomicon. The best pre-half-marathon food ever!

Erika said...

vegan nanaimo bars! definately.

Student Dietetic said...

my favorite vegan baked good is the dark chocolate and orange zest cupcakes from the book vegan cupcakes taking over the world! A close second tieswith the peanut butter cookies and banana bread from the joy of vegan baking cookbook!!

Alisha said...

All time fave vegan baked good has to be Boston Creme donuts from Vegan Treats in PA. Best dessert EVER actually!

reluctanthippie said...

The simple yet delicious recipe for vanilla cupcakes from "Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World".

Chris said...

Muffins, muffins and more muffins.....yum..banana chocolate chip, apple cranberry walnut. pumpkin spice raisin....all vegan of course..

Kim said...

anything with chocolate! chocolate chip cookies are always a favorite, especially right out of the oven when they're ooey and gooey and damn yummy!

manda said...

i'm still learning to cook, so in the meantime-whole foods vegan cookies!! i always get the 6-pack when they're freshly-baked and proceed to devour the bag along with with some almond milk in 1 or 2 settings. guess my secret is out!!

aimee said...

Mmmm baked goods. So hard to decide. I really love a good cinnamon roll or scone. It's the perfect saturday morning breakfast. Whenever I can get my hands on vegan donuts, those are a divine splurge as well.

Audrey said...

The light fluffy cake with cookies in it, made by Vegan Treats. I eat this when I am in NYC.

Nic said...

The vegan caramel pecan tarts from LPK's Culinary Groove in Toronto really hit the sweet spot for me.

Veronica Rains said...

My favorite are some delicious vegan chocolate chunk brownies! yummy!

kattsndawggs said...

My German Chocolate, Chocolate Chip cookies

Kathryn said...

Anything from Vegan Treats but if I had to choose I would go with the chocolate donut with sprinkles.

Colleen said...

My homemade vegan chocolate chip and black walnut cookies!!