Pumpkin Baking

October 21, 2011 at 7:14 am 8 comments

I have recently done the opposite of what most of the healthy food blogging world attempts to do. Bake with pumpkin, twice? No, that’s still pretty much everywhere. I un-veganized a recipe, twice. Why, you might ask? (after wondering if that is a real word…) I made plans to bake with friends, and both times ended up traveling to their apartments. Since most of my friends do not regularly stock almond milk, flax/chia seeds, Earth Balance, and specialty flours, I had to change the recipes up a bit to make them more user-friendly. The results: fantastic. They are definitely indulgences, but the best part of baking with friends is that there are many people around to enjoy the results!

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The hardest part about this recipe: you have to let it chill for a few hours to let the pie set! So hard not to eat right out of the oven...

Baking date #1: Oh She Glow’s Pumpkin Brownie Pie. I saw this weeks ago and immediately called my friend to tell him about it. Pumpkin pie and brownie together? What’s not to love. Unfortunately, one of his roommates is allergic to pecans. In order for everyone to be able to enjoy the pie, we used slivered almonds in place of the pecans. You can find the original recipe here. The changes we made, besides the nut substitiution, were to use butter in place of coconut oil in the brownie, as well as to use regular milk and butter wherever vegan alternatives were called for in the recipe. The result was truly decadent. A splurge whether you keep the recipe vegan or not, but so worth every bite.

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I swear there is a pumpkin pie layer in there somewhere!

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Artful icing drizzles

Baking date #2: Eat Live Run’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. M and I are in another discussion class together this semester, so of course we had to bake something delicious for our classmates! Remember those sinful brownies we made last time? Deciding against the chocolate coma this time, we experimented with these fall treats. We again used regular milk and butter, used a real egg instead of a flax one, and omitted a few of the spices that M didn’t have on hand. We also added a few big spoonfuls of pumpkin to the cinnamon sugar filling. The result: decadent, fall-spiced cinnamon rolls. Even with the un-veganizing, these are still on the healthier side of baked goods (not counting that amazing icing of course!) Our classmates enjoyed the treat during a long Wednesday afternoon discussion!

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Convinced of your need to hit the kitchen and bake these yet?

Switching between baking styles can be tricky, but whether you are cooking for a vegan recipe for non-vegan friends, or trying a new trick or two in vegan baking, remember to have fun! If the recipe changes you make don’t work out, just try again! Most of the time, however, your experimenting will result in something delicious!

Question: Do you ever modify recipes to suit your own or your friends needs/preferences?

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. EmandM  |  October 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

    haha I didn’t know the pumpkin brownie pie was unveganized too! =) sounds so goooood!

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    • 2. homemadeadventure  |  October 22, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Haha yeah! Totally unintentional for it to happen twice in a week :) I think the original version would be just as yummy!

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  • 3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  October 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Those rolls look great!

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  • 5. ilikestoscribble  |  October 22, 2011 at 3:59 am

    These look delicious! So sweet of your guys to bake for your classmates. Let me know if you’re studying abroad, where you’ll be studying and what classes you’ll be taking. ;)

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    • 6. homemadeadventure  |  October 22, 2011 at 9:14 am

      I’ll trade you baked goods for free housing if I ever come to visit ;)

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  • 7. Adventures In Vegan Baking « homemadeadventure  |  November 22, 2011 at 12:14 am

    […] my baking spurts come in twos. Remember last time when I un-veganized two recipes? Well, this time, I made two vegan baked treats! A few thoughts on vegan baking before […]

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  • 8. It’s Fall Y’all: Pumpkin « homemadeadventure  |  October 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    […] Pumpkin Brownie Pie […]

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