Vegan Brownies!

As you have probably noticed, I’m not a vegan. In fact, none of the recipes I have posted on this blog until today have been “vegan friendly”. A friend of mine, who used to be a vegan, recently checked out my blog and recommended this recipe and I knew I had to try them out. Whether you’re a vegan or not, I would recommend these brownies for their wonderfully fluffy texture, and they’re not at all dry.  IMG_6727

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Pour in water, vegetable oil and vanilla; mix until well blended. Spread evenly in a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is no longer shiny. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

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I won’t lie and say I couldn’t taste a difference between these brownies and non-vegan brownies, but I would still definitely make them again! Let me know if you try them out and what you think!

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S’mores bars

Wow. It’s been a while again, hasn’t it? Sorry about that, I’ve got lots going on. Anyway, one day I felt that I needed to bake something but I didn’t have that many ingredients. I also had some marshmallows that I needed to use. I thought about making s’mores but I didn’t have any chocolate bars but I was really craving s’mores.
I did a little bit of research and found a s’mores bar recipe which I tried and enjoyed. The bars were gone within 3 days.

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I recommend this recipe if you are a big s’mores fan like me!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
18 whole graham crackers, crushed, about 3 cups
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 milk chocolate bars, approximately 1 1/2 ounces each
3 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preparation:

Heat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in crushed graham crackers, flour, and salt. Reserve 1 cup of the graham cracker mixture and press remaining mixture over the bottom of a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Arrange chocolate bars, in a single layer, over graham cracker crust mixture in the pan. Sprinkle with marshmallows. Crumbled reserved graham cracker mixture over the marshmallows. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Cut into bars and cool completely.
Makes about 2 dozen bars.

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Sorry again for not posting as regularly. As soon as school starts it should be much more…on time. Thanks for reading!

Recipe is from: http://southernfood.about.com/od/browniesbars/r/bl50615d.htm

Lemon Bars!

The next dessert I brought in was lemon bars. These were the very first ones I had ever made. I loved them! I have always been a big fan on lemon bars and I was so excited to bring them into class on Friday 1/11/13. Most of my classmates enjoyed them and left me some comments:

Less sugar
A bit dry
Make more
More lemon
Add more filling and less crust
Keep them the same

I’m always glad to hear feedback on my desserts because I want to know how to make them better. If you would like to try to make them, please do! I recommend them, unless you don’t like lemon. Here is the recipe:

Original recipe makes 1 – 9×13 inch pan

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour

4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 lemons, juiced

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool. For a festive tray, make another pan using limes instead of lemons and adding a drop of green food coloring to give a very pale green. After both pans have cooled, cut into uniform 2 inch squares and arrange in a checker board fashion.

Thank you to http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1613,134188-247196,00.html for the recipe!