Cole's Moveable Feast

Cole's Moveable Feast
Cole

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Buckeyes

I adapted these to Cole, reduced the sugar, and now I prefer them! I was also able to use a little less butter because unsweetened peanut butter is naturally oilier.

1 lb. box powdered sugar (approx. 3 3/4 cups)
1 3/4 sticks melted non-dairy margarine (I use Earth Balance vegan butter)
1 1/2 cups all natural (no sugar added) peanut butter
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (Whole Foods and Wegmans brands are non-dairy)
1/4 cake paraffin wax

Mix powdered sugar, butter and peanut butter until well blended. Roll into 1-inch balls. Place on waxed paper on cookie sheet; chill until hard. In the meantime, melt chocolate chips and paraffin in double boiler. Dip each ball into chocolate mixture, using a spoon to fully coat. Remove onto waxed paper and allow to cool fully.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Make-Ahead Monkey Bread

My sweet Cole just reminded me that we eat Monkey Bread on Thanksgiving morning and Christmas morning, so I better get myself to the store. Surprisingly, most commercial frozen bread dough is made without egg and dairy (but WITH chemicals and preservatives, so this is an "only occasionally" treat; that being said, I've found Wegman's brand is the most benign). At some point, I'll find the time to do a homemade version of this.

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
24 frozen dough balls (I very slightly thaw frozen bread dough, then cut it into pieces; I throw them back in the freezer until it's time to assemble)
Sauce:
1 stick vegan butter, melted
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar

The night before, combine first two ingredients in a bowl. Remove 24 frozen dough balls from freezer and wet them slightly before adding to sugar/cinnamon mixture. Stir to coat and dump into a Bundt pan sprayed w/cooking spray. Whisk cinnamon and sugar into melted butter in a small bowl and pour over dough. Cover with a towel and let rise overnight.

The next morning, bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Place large plate on top and invert bread onto plate. Allow to cool slightly, best served warm.