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help with vegan dessert recipe
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For reasons this year, for the Thanksgiving luncheon I'm contributing actual food and not just money toward supplies, and I wanted to make something either vegetarian or vegan for dessert, since we have a lot of Indian contractors and employees in our unit. Years ago at Vividcon, someone brought pumpkin chocolate loaf that I was kind of willing to kill everyone at the con for, but after extensive googling, while there aren't that many recipes for it--though I heartily approve of the addition of chocolate chips to the mix--I wasn't sure if this was the right one. Or a right one, in any case. To clarify, I'm not even vegan or vegetarian by implication, so I don't know by looking if this one is a good one to use. My memories of the VVC one are pretty much magical.

Chocolate Pumpkin loaf. Recipe is pasted below cut as well. Is this one good?

1/4 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or canola oil)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water, divided (see note)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease an 8 inch loaf pan. Also, boil some water in a tea kettle (no need to measure yet.)

Put applesauce, coconut oil and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, spices, baking soda and salt.

Measure out 1/3 cup boiling water and pour into the bowl with the chocolate mixture, mixing quickly to make a smooth chocolate sauce. Add pumpkin, sugar and vanilla and mix well.

Dump about half of the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and gently stir just to incorporate, then measure out 1 tablespoon of boiling water and stir again. Now add the rest of the flour mixture and another tablespoon of boiling water and stir just until smooth. Take care not to overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan. It will be good and thick. You can smooth the top out with a spatula.

Bake for 55 minutes to an hour. Stick a steak knife into the center of the loaf to check for doneness. A little bit of wetness is okay since it could be from a chocolate chip, but the knife should come out mostly dry.

Let cool for 10 minutes, then invert pan and place loaf on a cooling rack to cool most of the way. It’s yummy a little bit warm, or thoroughly cooled. Slice and serve!

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Depending on whether the chocolate chips have dairy, you should be good for vegan or vegetarian.
(Edit: Hit post too soon, oops!) It should come out very moist, due to the pumpkin and the applesauce. It looks delicious!

Edited at 2012-11-14 06:33 pm (UTC)

I don't know a thing about the chocolate pumpkin loaf of which you speak, so here, have the one vegan baking recipe I have!

Vegan Scones:

1/2 cup shortening
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup tofu
1/3 cup grapefruit juice

Heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Sift dry ingredients. Cut in shortening; add tofu and grapefruit juice. Stir to form dough. Knead on lightly floured board 6 times. Roll to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut square into triangles or drop in rounds to yield 16 scones of equal size. Place on baking sheet, indent centers and fill each with 1/2 teaspoon orange marmalade. Bake for 10 minutes.
Serve hot with butter and marmalade.

I bake and eat a lot of vegan stuff as my sister is allergic to dairy and that looks like it'd be really good. I'd stay with the oil rather than the applesauce sub as that can make it a bit more crumbly, but the recipe sounds like it'll be really good. If you can run to the coconut oil that's be the absolute best as it'll help it to have maximum stability but canola oil will do fine if not.

Dairy free chocolate chips are really easy to find at health food stores and markets with a decent 'free from' section and would make a delicious addition!

If you aren't sure they are probably not Vegan most eat a lot of dairy so unless you know they are vegan I wouldn't stress about it to much with the milk. Just no eggs and you should be fine. If you really want to impress them have at least one other dish with out onions or garlic many Indian Vegetarians don't eat those. Don't ask why I know people who are like that but no idea why. Makes no sense to me and I'm veg not vegan. Good luck and happy baking!:)

I think the recipe looks great. I'm not a vegan, but I bake a lot. If you're thinking of more vegan stuff in the future, check out Sticky Fingers' Sweets: 100 super-secret vegan recipes by Doron Peterson. My local library has it and there's tons of awesome stuff in there.

Looks yummy! As someone already noted you want non-dairy chocolate chips. If they are a really strict vegan you also want unrefined sugar. Refined cane sugar is sometimes filtered through animal charcoal. Beet sugar isn't, but you usually can't tell which is which. I've been told organic sugar is safe and I believe "fruit" sugar is. I also use sea salt rather then table salt because amusingly there is sugar in table salt to counter the bitterness of the added iodine. Salt used in the manufacturing process itself is safe I understand (they don't add iodine to it). However, I believe that I fall on the extreme side for vegans so it might not be an issue for most. They will probably be very grateful for your thoughtfulness.

I've have found the secret to vegan baking is not to over mix when combining the wet and dry ingredients. I mix the hell out of the dry, but not when combining with the wet. I also add a pan of water to the oven when it is baking to help it stay moist. I have a killer (but expensive) vegan banana bread recipe and a date square that inspires cheers in two separate groups of people (work place and co-op) when I walk in with it. Happy to post either if you are interested.

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