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 Post subject: Holiday cooking/baking emergency thread
PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:57 pm 
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Post your holiday cooking or baking emergencies here! Run out of a certain ingredient and need a replacement? Screwed up your Tofurkey roast? Burnt cookies? Just plain don't know what to cook and the family is coming over in an hour? Surely someone here can help!

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I've tried making the Vegan Heartland molasses cookies twice in the past two days. Both times, they've turned out like this:Image
The edges are all crispy and almost burnt, but the middles are almost completely liquid. The first time, I wasn't really paying attention and I may or may not have added enough flour, and I definitely added too much applesauce. The second time, I double checked every ingredient. I think. So . . . what did I do?

eta: I added cranberries to the recipe. I've done this before with great success. I've made this recipe at least 10 times, and they always come out superbly.

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 Post subject: Re: Holiday cooking/baking emergency thread
PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:01 pm 
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Hmmmm. I was going to say maybe too much fat, but if you've made them successfully before and double checked the ingredients, I'm not really sure. Has anything else changed? Different oven/pan/brand of any ingredient?

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 Post subject: Re: Holiday cooking/baking emergency thread
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:07 am 
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i made mexican wedding cookies and instead of being melt-in-your-mouth they were almost the consistency of bagel innards. (this after being so crumbly they were almost impossible to make into balls). I'm sure this is because I didn't use real butter, or real earth balance. Neither are options for me so I refuse to care.
i sent them off with my husband instead. the people where he's having christmas have never heard of mexican wedding cookies, so problem solved.

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 Post subject: Re: Holiday cooking/baking emergency thread
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:12 pm 
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I made the PPK blog seitan roast, and it's supposed to bake for 60 - 90 minutes, and be very firm. It's still kind of squishy, and it's been in the oven for probably about 100-110 minutes. Ack! I turned the oven off, and I'm leaving it in there for now for a little extra bake-time... I'm hoping it's turning out tender and lovely, but I think it might just be gross.

It's for an Xmas dinner tonight, so I think I might have to whip up some seitan cutlets instead... I am kind of pressed for time though, so I really hope the roast is okay. I'll have to check it soon - dinner guests include two omnivore professional chefs (partner's dad and his dad's partner). This is my first time ever cooking a holiday meal for other people so EEEEEP.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:06 pm 
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I've just made the berry muffins from VB for breakfast at work tomorrow. I had to use the neighbours oven because mine is bust. I called into her after 30mins to take them out and they were only half done. She had put it on the wrong temp so I had to wait ages until they looked right. No idea if they taste ok because I don't have enough as it is for everyone because I only had enough flour for one batch.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:14 pm 
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I am waiting to see if my Grasshopper Pie turns out. So exciting! I had a fail with VB crispy pb cookies, made a new batch with the VCIYCJ recipe (no molasses). And I made VCIYCJ cookie dough balls w/light brown sugar instead of dark brown. They are good though.


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday cooking/baking emergency thread
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:46 am 
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I had my first Christmas cooking f*ck up last night. I made brandy snaps & the recipe (which I've made a zillion times) calls for a *scant* cup of flour, but I used a packed cup & so instead of coming out light & lacy & crisp, they were kind of thick & chewy. They're *so* fiddly & time-consuming to make, I'm not doing them again, so everyone's going to have to break their teeth on the dud ones. Luckily, the chocolate tart I made this morning & the passionfruit & orange slice in the oven look like they've worked out pretty okay.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:49 am 
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Karena wrote:
everyone's going to have to break their teeth on the dud ones..

sounds like they're going to have to dip them in coffee-and-brandy, HOW TERRIBLE......

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:42 am 
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torque wrote:
Karena wrote:
everyone's going to have to break their teeth on the dud ones..

sounds like they're going to have to dip them in coffee-and-brandy, HOW TERRIBLE......


That sounds perfect! Great solution! I'm going to fill them with whipped cashew cream a couple of hours before we eat them, so they should soften some.

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 Post subject: Re: Holiday cooking/baking emergency thread
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:12 am 
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I ran out of chocolate chips, the shop I went to didn't have any vegan ones, and I can't be arsed to go to a different shop. So Mike's gonna get the leftover chocolate covered pretzels that my co-workers didn't eat, and I don't get any (more). :(

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