I'm in my last week or so of 30 Day Vegan, and contemplating how I want to continue to incorporate some of this experience into my regular eating. I'll never be a full-time vegan (egads, it's so much easier to bake with eggs), but I could see plant-based foods making up about 70-80% of my intake on a "regular" week.
I also noticed that eating granola with chocolate chips in it tastes just like cookies.
Finally: keep thinking about making a coffee spice cake. It's one of the cakes that I grew up eating, and it remains a crowd-pleaser among my family and friends. I had to include Mum's hand-written recipe cards above--about 10 years ago, she gave me a book full of her favorite baking recipes for my birthday. I love having these recipes in her handwriting--it was truly a great gift.
However, if anyone wants to copy a clear version of the recipe, here it is typed out:
Coffee Spice Layer Cake (not to be confused with coffee cake: this is a true dessert cake)
2 and 3/4 cups flour, sifted four times then measured
(or just use cake flour)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Put all measured dry ingredients into a sifter
Beat together at high speed, about 3-4 min. (until light and fluffy):
1/2 cup butter (my mother used crisco)
1 3/4 cups sugar
Add sifted dry ingredients to the mixer alternately with:
1 1/4 cups cold coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla
(admission: I almost always just mix it all together in one go)
Pour into 2 greased and floured 8- or 9-inch layer cake pans and bake at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for about 35-40 minutes--depends on your oven. It's done when the cake is pulling away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 cup cocoa (I use a bit more)
1/3 cup soft butter
1/4 cup warm coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream the butter, add other ingredients, and beat it (by hand) well until the frosting is smooth. If you need to, add more hot coffee a tablespoon or so at a time.
What are you contemplating in your kitchen this week?