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Pizza Ebraica July 18, 2016

Filed under: Recipes & Food Ideas,vegan dessert — sharonsweets @ 4:02 pm

In preparation for my upcoming trip to Rome, I’ve been researching the recipes of the Jewish Ghetto. Last year I was in Venice and enjoyed original delights from the Jewish Ghetto. Rome has a different spin on things!  Here I have almost the original recipe for the most iconic Roman Jewish sweet. I took out the egg white and use cream of tartar instead. It’s a simple, delicious cookie-like dessert. In Rome it is served more deeply browned. 

¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 cup granulated sugar

¾ cup raisins soaked in 1 cup Marsala wine for 10 minutes (you can also use purple grape juice)

1/2 cup whole almonds, with skins

1/2 cup sliced almonds 

1 cup candied chopped dried citron, or a combination of orange and lemon

½ cup pine nuts (Pignoli) (optional)

1/2 cup dried chopped apricots and/or golden raising (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Cover a jellyroll pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 
Place the olive oil, flour, cream of tartar, salt and sugar into a large mixing bowl and mix. 
Add the raisins and wine and mix with a wooden spoon or your hands. Add the nuts, raisin mixture with wine, candied fruit, and other dried fruit if using it, and mix with your hands until combined. 

Spread onto the pan and shape into a large oval or rectangle, almost the size of the cookie sheet, about an inch and a half thick. 

Pat to even out the top. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until browned but not burned. 

To eat, break into pieces.


Simple Rich Chocolate Stout Cake

Filed under: Recipes & Food Ideas,vegan dessert — sharonsweets @ 12:04 pm

You’re guaranteed to love this cake! It’s so sophisticated, chocolately and rewarding, yet simple to throw together. 

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea or Himalayan salt

1 cup nondairy milk 

1 cup chocolate or coffee flavored or plain stout 

1/2 cup canola or grapeseed oil

1 teaspoon white or apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
Oil and flour two 8-inch round cake pans. 
Sift together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. 
Stir in the wet ingredients and mix until integrated. 
Pour into the baking pans and bake for about 28 minutes. 

1 cup dark choc chips
 2 tablespoons vegan butter  

 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 

1 tablespoon dark spiced rum or other liqueur 

To make the icing, melt the chocolate with the vegan butter.

Beat in the powdered sugar and optional liqueur until smooth.

Spread over the cooled cake.


White Chocolate Coconut Cookies February 8, 2016

Filed under: Recipes & Food Ideas,vegan dessert — sharonsweets @ 2:47 pm

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
These cookies are very delicate. If the batter is too soft or sticky, refrigerate it for some time (up to a day or two in advance is ok) prior to baking.

1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) Earth Balance
2/3 cup almond meal/almond flour or finely ground almonds
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon almond or other nondairy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup vegan white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Cream the butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt separately.
Combine both mixtures.
Stir in the coconut and white chocolate chips.
Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or wax paper.
Form 1 1/2 inch balls and place on the lined baking sheet, inches apart.
Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the edges are just barely light brown.
Allow cookies to cool. Store refrigerated.


Cranberry Orange Dream Pie February 2, 2016

Filed under: Recipes & Food Ideas,vegan dessert — sharonsweets @ 12:29 pm

This creamy, tangy pie is so refreshing and takes cranberry to the next level. Not just for Thanksgiving!

12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 juicy orange
8 ounce package tofu cream cheese
12 ounce package silken tofu
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 prepared graham crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small saucepan, cook the cranberries and sugar 10 minutes, until softened and thickened. Remove from heat.
Zest the orange and add to the mixture.
Squeeze the juice from the orange into the mixture.
Combine the mixture and the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake for 14 minutes. There may be a bit of extra mixture for you to enjoy while the pie bakes.
Let the pie cool and refrigerate several hours or overnight prior to serving.



Chia “Rice” Pudding (Sugar-free, Gluten-free) September 22, 2014

Filed under: gluten-free,Recipes & Food Ideas,sugar-free,vegan dessert — sharonsweets @ 9:36 am

Here is a very healthy take on traditional rice pudding. It’s very quick and simple to prepare, and provides all the health benefits of chia! You can also make this using regular nondairy milk instead of unsweetened, and adjust the amount of stevia.

1 cup unsweetened almond or other nondairy milk (plain or vanilla flavored)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup chia seeds

Liquid vanilla stevia drops, to taste

1/2 teaspoon orange zest

Combine the milk and cinnamon in a small saucepan and cook over low heat about 5 minutes. Do not let mixture come to a boil.

Stir in the vanilla, chia and orange zest.

Add stevia drops to taste.

Let the mixture thicken then spoon into small bowls.

Serve warm or chilled.

Keep refrigerated.






Snow Day Gingerbread Muffins December 10, 2013

It’s very snowy out there – I made some simple, gluten-free, vegan muffins with the warming gingerbread spices that are so fitting for a cold day! Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Vegan

Quantity: 6

Size: RegularImage




1/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats

1/3 cup tapioca flour

1/3 cup brown rice flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons liquid coconut oil

3 tablespoons plain nondairy milk

3 tablespoons blackstrap molasses

2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1 tablespoon orange zest

1 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and oil a regular 12-muffin pan. Grind the oats in a food processor or blender. Combine the oats with the flours, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt and baking soda. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, coconut oil, milk, molasses, applesauce, orange zest, spices, vanilla and vinegar and mix until integrated. Combine the dry and wet mixtures and stir until just combined. Spoon the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake 20 minutes.


Chocolate Almond Mini Tarts October 9, 2013

Filed under: gluten-free,Recipes & Food Ideas,vegan dessert — sharonsweets @ 6:43 pm

Chocolate Almond Mini Tarts (gluten free)

Makes 10 mini tartsImage




¼ cup almond flour

¼ cup tapioca flour

¼ cup sweet sorghum flour

¼ cup sweet rice flour

½ tsp xanthan gum

1 individual packet stevia crystals

¼ tsp sea or Himalayan salt

¼ cup coconut milk

2 tablespoons coconut oil

½ tsp vanilla

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and oil a large muffin pan.

Combine the dry ingredients and stir in the wet ingredients.

Knead until well combined.

Chill the dough for 20 minutes or more.

Form balls and press into cupcake pan.

Bake 19 minutes and let cool.



1/3 cup chocolate chips

2 tablespoons coconut milk

1 T maple syrup

1 tsp arrowroot powder

1/8 tsp sea or Himalayan salt

1/8 tsp cinnamon


Melt all the ingredients together in a double boiler or dish in the microwave and mix until smooth.


Spoon onto the tart crusts and bake 5 more minutes at 350.

Let cool.