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Vegan MoFo Day 31: Apple Cranberry Tea Ring

My little family and I have started a new tradition of going apple picking every Fall and this was our second year to do so. It’s so much fun being able to go and pick your own apples right off of the trees and the place we have gone to the past two years has an Apple Harvest Festival the first three weeks of October. Last year we went a little crazy with how many apples we picked and some of our apples didn’t last long enough for us to eat them, but this year we only picked the amount we knew we would use.

It’s so pretty and I get this feeling of accomplishment from being able to pick my own fruit! I know that may sound silly, but I have come a long way from the way I use to be. In my younger days supporting local farms and thinking about where our food comes from were not one of my top priorities.

My husband is up in there somewhere.

If you live in or around Virginia you should visit the Apple Harvest Festival that is held annually in October at Graves’ Mountain.

If you have an abundance of apples from your apple picking adventures also, here is a recipe that will help you put those apples to good use. This Apple Cranberry Tea Ring is the perfect pastry to have at any up coming holiday brunches you may be hosting.

 

Apple Cranberry Tea Ring

Makes 2 Tea Rings

5 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1 ½ Cups Non-Dairy Milk

½ Cup Margarine

½ Cup Sugar (I use Evaporated Cane Juice)

4 ½ Teaspoons Active Dry Yeast

½ Cup Warm Water

1/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce

1 ½ Teaspoons Sea Salt

Filling:

1 ½ Cups Chopped Apple

2/3 Cup Coarsely Chopped Dried Cranberries

1 ½ Cups Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour

½ Cup Margarine

Apple Cider Glaze:

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

2 Tablespoons Apple Cider

2 Teaspoons Brown Rice Syrup

Preheat oven to 350 ͦF and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together the non-dairy milk, sugar and margarine in a small saucepot over medium heat until the margarine has melted. Allow mixture to cool to lukewarm.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or large bowl; if mixing by hand, combine the yeast and ½ cup of warm water. Let yeast and water sit for 10 minutes.

Stir the milk mixture, whole wheat pastry flour, 2 cups of the all-purpose flour, sea salt, and applesauce into the yeast mixture. Gradually add the rest of the flour until the dough is no longer sticky to the touch.

At this point if you have a dough hook attachment for your stand mixer you can allow the dough hook to knead the dough for 6 to 8 minutes. If you do not have a dough hook; turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for 6 to 8 minutes until it is firm. Shape the dough into a ball and place the dough in a large bowl that has been lightly greased with oil. Turn the dough over once so the top has been lightly greased. Let the dough rise for about an hour or until it had doubled in size.

Punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Slice the dough in half and allow it to rest while you prepare the other ingredients.

In a medium bowl mix together all the ingredients for the filling instead of the margarine. With a pastry blender or two forks, cut in the margarine until the mixture becomes crumbly. Stir in the chopped apples.

Roll one half of the dough out into a rectangle and sprinkle half of the filling evenly over the dough. Sprinkle half of the chopped cranberries of the dough and roll the dough up starting with the long side. Pinch the seams to seal them. Repeat with the other half of the dough.

Place the tea rings on the prepared cookie sheets, form into a circle and pinch the seams to seal where you connected the circle together. Cut slits into the circles 1-inch apart and twist each one outward placing them seam side down. Allow the tea rings to rise for another 30 minutes.

Bake the tea rings for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 ͦF until golden brown.

In a small bowl; mix together the powdered sugar, apple cider and brown rice syrup. When the tea rings have cooled, drizzle them with the apple cider glaze.

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Vegan MoFo Day 25: Creamy Pumpkin Polenta with Praline Pecans

I normally eat polenta savory, but thought a sweet version would be just as delicious! Add in some pumpkin and it makes the perfect Autumnal breakfast for the cold mornings we are starting to experience. I grew up eating Cream of Wheat for breakfast, so this creamy polenta reminds me of my favorite breakfast meal from childhood. I think I might actually like this polenta version better.

This recipe makes quite a bit, so when you go to reheat your leftovers add some non-dairy milk to the polenta to make it creamy again because it does thicken up in the refrigerator.

Creamy Pumpkin Polenta with Praline Pecans

2 ½ Cups Water

1 Cup Non-dairy Milk

1 Cup Coconut Creamer or Soy Creamer

¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Tablespoon Margarine

1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal

¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

2/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree

½ Cup, Plus 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Praline Pecans

½ Cup Pecans

1 Tablespoon Margarine, melted

¼ Cup Brown Sugar

½ Teaspoon Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 ͦ F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.

Mix together all the praline pecan ingredients in a small bowl and spread over the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes. Allow pecans to cool before sprinkling over the polenta.

In a large sauce pan, bring water, non-dairy milk, creamer, margarine and sea salt to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; slowly whisk in the cornmeal. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the polenta is thick and creamy; whisking constantly in order to prevent lumps. Whisk in the pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract until smooth. Top with praline pecans and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

without praline pecans

6 Servings
 

Amount Per Serving

 
  Calories 226.5
 
  Total Fat 4.6 g
 
      Saturated Fat 0.3 g
 
      Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
 
      Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 g
 
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
 
  Sodium 150.5 mg
 
  Potassium 235.1 mg
 
  Total Carbohydrate 51.3 g
 
      Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
 
      Sugars 31.4 g
 
  Protein 2.9 g

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Vegan MoFo Day 20: Pumpkin Cranberry Scones

As you can tell I really love pumpkin, but I also love scones. I normally make these scones with just cranberries and orange, but recently experiemented with adding pumpkin. Wow was I surprised! I love how the combination of the cranberries and orange pair well with the pumpkin to make the perfect Fall breakfast treat.

 

Pumpkin Cranberry Scones

Ingredients:

½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk

1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Flaxseed Meal Plus 3 Tablespoons Warm Water

1 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour

2/3 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

2 ¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda

¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt

½ Teaspoon Cinnamon

4 Tablespoons Margarine

¼ Cup Dried Cranberries

¼ Cup Pumpkin Puree

¼ Cup Plus 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons Orange Zest

Orange Drizzle:

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

2 Tablespoons Fresh Orange Juice

 

Preheat oven to 375 ͦ F and lightly grease or line with parchment paper a baking sheet.

Mix together the non-dairy milk and vinegar and set aside to curdle. Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and mix until frothy. Set aside to thicken, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon. Cut in the margarine using a pastry blender or two forks until the flour mixture looks crumbly. Add in cranberries and set aside.

Whisk together the pumpkin puree, non-dairy milk mixture, brown sugar, flaxseed meal mixture and orange zest until well combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and using a fork combine the ingredients just until the dry ingredients have become wet. Form the dough into a ball and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. With lightly floured hands press down on the dough until a circle is formed and cut the dough into 8 wedges, but do not separate them.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes at 375 ͦ F until golden brown. While the scones are baking, prepare the orange drizzle. When the scones are done baking drizzle glaze over warm scones.

 

Nutrition Facts

 8 Servings
 

Amount Per Serving

 
  Calories 224.0
 
  Total Fat 3.4 g
 
      Saturated Fat 0.6 g
 
      Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2 g
 
      Monounsaturated Fat 0.9 g
 
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
 
  Sodium 68.8 mg
 
  Potassium 109.3 mg
 
  Total Carbohydrate 46.5 g
 
      Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
 
      Sugars 19.1 g
 
  Protein 4.4 g

 

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Vegan MoFo Day 11: Pumpkin Biscuit Rolls

Is it a biscuit or is it a cinnamon roll? Oh wait, it’s both! I love this recipe and there are some days that I want my cinnamon roll and I want it now! So this recipe is great for when I have a craving, but don’t have the patience to wait for the yeast version to rise and rise and bake before I can sink my teeth into them. What is also great about this recipe is that it is a hybrid of a biscuit and a cinnamon roll, so you can beat two cravings with one treat!

Pumpkin Biscuit Rolls

Ingredients:

¾ Cup Non-Dairy Milk*

1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour (you may need more depending on how wet your dough is)

½ Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Sea Salt

¼ Cup Canola Oil

1/3 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree

5 Tablespoons Margarine, Softened

¾ Cup plus 2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar

 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Ground Cardamom

3 Tablespoons Chopped Cranberries

Cinnamon Glaze:

½ Cup Powdered Sugar

½ Teaspoon Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1-2 Tablespoons Coconut Creamer or Non-Dairy Milk

*I used Soymilk because I like the way it curdles compared to other non-dairy milks. I also use Almond Milk with success in making vegan sour milk.

Preheat oven to 400 ͦ F and lightly grease a round baking pan (I use a pie plate). In a medium bowl, mix together the non-dairy milk and vinegar and set aside for a few minutes to curdle.

Mix together the ¾ cup of brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and cranberries in a small bowl.

In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt.

In the bowl with the milk mixture, mix in the pumpkin puree, canola oil and the 2 teaspoons of brown sugar until well combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined. With floured hands, knead the dough while still in the bowl until the dough is formed into a ball and no longer sticky on your hands. I added 1 tablespoon at a time until my dough was no longer sticking to my hands. Lightly flour your counter top and roll the dough out into a rectangle. Spread the margarine over the dough all the way to the edges. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the top of the dough and start to roll the dough up from the longer side. Using a serrated knife or piece of string (I like to use sewing thread) cut the dough into 12 rolls and place in baking pan.

Bake at 400 ͦ F for 15 to 18 minutes. While the biscuit rolls are baking, mix together the powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and coconut creamer. When the rolls are done baking drizzle the glaze over them while they are still hot. Enjoy!

 

Nutrition Facts

 

12 Servings

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 226.9
  Total Fat 7.3 g
      Saturated Fat 0.8 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 3.4 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 266.6 mg
  Potassium 94.3 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 42.4 g
      Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
      Sugars 23.1 g
  Protein 2.7 g

 

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Vegan MoFo Day 7: Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Wow! I can’t believe that it is the end of the first week of Vegan Month of Food. I am also surprised that I have been able to post something everyday. When I first heard that MoFo was going to be in the month of October this year I kind of panicked because I assumed that it would be held in November again like last year. I didn’t participate last year, but had made it one of my goals for this year. I started this blog this past April and had every intention of adding posts and everything, but I guess everything else going on in my life took up my time. Now that I have been taking the time to add new posts it has made me realize how much I love blogging.

It has been Vegan Mofo that has helped me realize this. I didn’t prepare for Mofo at all, which has been kind of stressful, but it has also made it fun for me! I just love the whole concept behind it and how the vegan community is able to get together to share our love of vegan food to the whole world. I have enjoyed reading everyone else’s blogs and have learned so much and saved so many wonderful looking recipes. MoFo has definitely shown the world that vegan food rocks!

 I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has stopped by my blog to check it out and for the comments and kind words. I have greatly appreciated it so much! When I signed up I didn’t expect to get any comments on my posts, I just wanted to make sure that I was a part of such a wonderful event, but all of the feedback I have received has completely blown my mind. So I wanted to thank you all so much for taking the time to read my post and leave me feedback.

Now that I have rambled on, I do have a recipe to share. Sticking with the pumpkin theme I have a pumpkin pancake recipe for you. I make pancakes a lot because they are another food staple that my daughter loves and I usually have a few variations of them, but most of the time they contain chocolate chips like the one I am sharing today. I always make mini or silver dollar size pancakes because my daughter likes to grab one and go about her business, so to make it easier for her to hold them in her little hands I make them small.

Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients:

¾ Cup Non-Dairy Milk

1 Teaspoon Vinegar

¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour

¼ Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Sea Salt

¾ Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

¼ to ½ Teaspoon Orange Zest (Optional, but does add a little something, something)

2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

¼ Cup Pumpkin Puree

1 Tablespoon Canola Oil

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (such as Ghiradelli)

In a small bowl combine the non-dairy milk and vinegar, set aside for a few minutes to curdle. In a medium bowl mix together the flours, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and mini chocolate chips.

In the bowl with the non-dairy milk, add in the pumpkin puree, orange zest (if using), brown sugar, canola oil and vanilla extract. Mix ingredients until well combined and then add the mixture to the dry ingredients.

Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray and place the pan over medium heat. Once the pan is warm, scoop two tablespoons worth of the batter and drop into the pan. The pan I use will have room for four mini pancakes at a time. It usually takes about 3-4 minutes to cook on each side, but that sometimes varies. I will normally flip the pancakes once I see the edges starting to brown a little. Hope you enjoy!

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