Sunday, December 4, 2022

2-Minute Quick Fudge

This rich, nutty 2-Minute Quick Fudge is so easy that children can make it all by themselves. Even better, its main ingredients are store cupboard and refrigerator staples: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk. 

Food Lust People Love: This rich, nutty 2-Minute Quick Fudge is so easy that children can make it all by themselves. Even better, its main ingredients are store cupboard and refrigerator staples.

It’s perfect for slumber parties, unexpected midnight munchies and, especially important this time of year, it makes a great gift for neighbors and friends. Who doesn't like fudge?!

I miss the days when my daughters still lived at home and we’d have a fairly steady stream of overnight guests and sleepovers on the weekends. I was in my absolute element cooking and baking for a crowd. 

One of our favorite sleepover meals was homemade pizza. I’d make the dough and pizza sauce and set out all of the toppings. Each girl would get a ball of dough to spread out on a pan and top her own custom made pizza. It took awhile to make and bake them all so the pizza was both entertainment for part of the evening, and dinner. 

As they got older, I’d head off to my room to read after we ate, knowing that they were quite capable of baking up a pan of brownies and more on their own, if the munchies hit. The muted giggles and games and music from downstairs were joy to me. 

I originally created this recipe post for a sleepover theme blog event so I was determined to find a quick fudge recipe that children could make on their own with simple ingredients. No condensed milk or marshmallow fluff since a lot of folks don’t keep those in the cupboard. I didn’t want the stove involved either. Flames and unsupervised children should never mix. Unfortunately, most quick fudge recipes call for one or both those things. 

Until I found this one in my archives. I’d love to give credit where it’s due, but the source wasn’t in my notes. It did say that nuts were optional. I had scratched through Nuts to write Pecans. Because pecans are my favorite nut. And I added the mini M&Ms. 

The bottom line is, you can eat the base quick fudge all on its own. It’s perfectly chocolate-y and rich. Or you can add in whatever you like. Chopped candy bars, mint chips, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows, other nuts? They’d all be excellent. 

2-Minute Quick Fudge

Technically, this does take just a bit longer than two minutes because you have to chop the pecans and measure all of your other ingredients out. It’s still super quick and worth it!  

Ingredients
1 lb or 450g powdered sugar
1/2 cup or 40g unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup or 60ml milk
1/2 cup or 113g butter 
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup or 57g chopped pecans, plus more for decoration, if desired
1/2 cup or 100g mini M&Ms, plus more for decoration, if desired

Method
Grease an 8 x 8 in or 20 x 20cm pan or line it with baking parchment across the bottom and up at least two opposing sides, so that the fudge can be lifted out of the pan by those ends. 

In a large microwavable mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa and salt in mixing bowl. 


Add milk and butter. Do not mix. 


Cook uncovered in a microwave oven on high for 2 minutes. Remove bowl from microwave and stir well to mix the ingredients into a lovely thick chocolate.


Add the vanilla, pecans and mini M&Ms.  Stir until blended. 


Pour or spoon the fudge into your prepared pan. 


Press it out evenly in the pan. 


Sprinkle on the extra mini M&Ms and pecans, if using. Press them down with a spoon so they stick into the fudge. 


If your kitchen is warm, you can put the pan in the freezer for 20 minutes to cool and set. My quartz countertop is cold this time of year so mine set up quickly without chilling. 

Cut into small squares with a sharp knife and serve. Store in an airtight container. 

Food Lust People Love: This rich, nutty 2-Minute Quick Fudge is so easy that children can make it all by themselves. Even better, its main ingredients are store cupboard and refrigerator staples.

Tip: If you are giving this fudge away as a gift, cut a piece of thick cardboard into a square. Cover it in foil and stack the pieces of fudge on top. Cover with cling film, ribbon optional. Voilà – a pretty gift package! 

Food Lust People Love: This rich, nutty 2-Minute Quick Fudge is so easy that children can make it all by themselves. Even better, its main ingredients are store cupboard and refrigerator staples.

Enjoy! 

It’s Sunday FunDay and today we are sharing recipes for holiday sweets and treats. Check out all the links below. Many thanks to our host, Wendy of A Day in the Life on a Farm and her able stand-in, Sue of Palatable Pastime


We are a group of food bloggers who believe that Sunday should be a family fun day, so every Sunday we share recipes that will help you to enjoy your day. If you're a blogger interested in joining us, just visit our Facebook group and request to join.



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Food Lust People Love: This rich, nutty 2-Minute Quick Fudge is so easy that children can make it all by themselves. Even better, its main ingredients are store cupboard and refrigerator staples.

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Leftover Mashed Potato Muffins (Small Batch) #MuffinMonday

These leftover mashed potato muffins are fluffy, tender and cheesy. They are the perfect way to use up any leftover spuds. This recipe makes six muffins but it is easily doubled to make 12. 

Food Lust People Love: These leftover mashed potato muffins are fluffy, tender and cheesy. They are the perfect way to use up any leftover spuds. This recipe makes six muffins but it is easily doubled to make 12.

I’ve finally succumbed to the lure of the air fryer! But only because I found the Ninja one that flips up and restores my counter space when not in use. It can supposedly also bake a 13- inch pizza, but we haven’t tested that. We have used it just about every day since we brought it home last week. 

The funny thing is, we haven’t actually employed the air fryer function yet. We’ve baked and broiled and reheated though. All good! The most amazing part is how quick it preheats compared to the big oven. Mere minutes! 

I baked this small batch of muffins in it and they took exactly as long as they would have in my big oven, 20 minutes on 350°F or 180°C, but the Ninja was on for only a total of about 22 minutes. That would have been a good 15 minutes more for preheating time in the big guy. 

All in all, so far, we have been pleased with the purchase. (No one is paying me to say any of this! I bought it in-store at Costco for a bargain $139.99 + tax. Here’s an Amazon affiliate link to the same model, if you’d like to check it out: https://amzn.to/3EGPbME)

Leftover Mashed Potato Muffins

This small batch recipe makes 6 muffins and can be baked in a conventional oven or a big air fryer/oven like the Ninja Foodie flip up. Baking time and temperature are the same for either. Recipe adapted from this sweet muffin one on Simplify Create Inspire. 

Ingredients
Canola or other light oil for greasing 6-cup muffin pan
1 cup or 125g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, optional 
2 tablespoons chopped green onions (green part only)
1/2 cup, grated, or about 60g extra sharp cheddar
1/2 cup or 120g leftover mashed potato
1 egg
1/4 cup or 60ml buttermilk

Method
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare a 6-cup muffin pan by greasing it with oil. 

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. 


Add in the grated cheese and green onion, reserving a little bit of each for topping. Stir to coat them with the flour.


In another bowl, whisk together the mashed potatoes, egg and buttermilk.


Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. 


Divide the thick batter between the muffin cups and top with the reserved cheese and green onion. 


Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

Food Lust People Love: These leftover mashed potato muffins are fluffy, tender and cheesy. They are the perfect way to use up any leftover spuds. This recipe makes six muffins but it is easily doubled to make 12.

Serve warm.

Food Lust People Love: These leftover mashed potato muffins are fluffy, tender and cheesy. They are the perfect way to use up any leftover spuds. This recipe makes six muffins but it is easily doubled to make 12.

Enjoy! 

It’s the last Monday of the month so that means it’s Muffin Monday, that magical day when we gather to celebrate how easy it is to bake muffins! Check out the list of recipes below from my Muffin Monday friends. 


#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins. You can see all of our lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.


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Food Lust People Love: These leftover mashed potato muffins are fluffy, tender and cheesy. They are the perfect way to use up any leftover spuds. This recipe makes six muffins but it is easily doubled to make 12.

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Smoked Mussel Tapenade

This smoked mussel tapenade is a savory delight, heaped upon toasted bread or even stirred through hot pasta. The mussel flavor is subtle but super tasty!  

Food Lust People Love: This smoked mussel tapenade is a savory delight, heaped upon toasted bread or even stirred through hot pasta. The mussel flavor is subtle but super tasty!

We’ve been spoiled this year from mid-August through mid-November because, staying in the Channel Islands, the most delightful mussels cooked with garlic and cream are available at many restaurants. The island’s own farmed stocks were much depleted by an invasion of spider crabs (Who knew that spider crabs are a natural predator for mussels? Not me!) but the Scottish mussels substituted were wonderful. 

We are back in Houston now and while there are fresh mussels nearby, they are a larger variety than we are fond of. We like ‘em small, truth be told. 

So, for this month’s Fish Friday Foodies challenge with mussels as the main ingredient, I decided to go a different direction and use canned ones. I found a few recipes online that were easily adaptable and sounded tasty. And then I went to three supermarkets and couldn’t find smoked mussels in any of them. 

Trader Joe’s to the rescue! An internet search – which I admit I should have done in the first place – said that Trader Joe’s has smoked mussels so I called my nearest one. The lovely person who answered the phone actually went to look and reported back that, indeed, he had smoked mussels on the shelf. When I told him that he was wonderful, he joked, “Wait a sec while I get my wife on the line so you can tell her.” Never mind his wife, I hope his employer appreciates him! 

Smoked Mussel Tapenade

This recipe is adapted from one on Wendi’s AIP Kitchen. Nonpareil capers are the little small ones. If you are using larger capers, you might want to use more than 1 tablespoon because of the space between them as you measure. 

Ingredients
3 1/2 oz or 100g (about 30-32) oil-cured olives (Pits still in are better!)
2 cloves garlic, chopped roughly
1 can (4.02oz or 114g) lightly smoked mussels in extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon nonpareil capers
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped green onions (just the green part) plus extra for garnish


Method
Pit the olives with an olive pitter or by hitting them with the flat side of a large knife on a cutting board and pulling the pit free. I suggest you count the olives and then count the pits afterwards. You do not want to leave a pit in an olive. 

Drain the olive oil off of the mussels and reserve two tablespoons of it. 

Place the olives, garlic, drained mussels, capers, lemon juice and most of the green onions (reserve a small amount for garnish) in a mini food processor along with the reserved two tablespoons of olive oil from the mussels. 


Process, scraping down the bowl as needed, until you get a chunky spread. 


Remove to a serving bowl or ramekin and garnish with the reserved green onions. 

Food Lust People Love: This smoked mussel tapenade is a savory delight, heaped upon toasted bread or even stirred through hot pasta. The mussel flavor is subtle but super tasty!

Serve at room temperature on toast. Delicious! This would be a great appetizer with a crisp white wine or chilled beer. We ate it heaped on the toast for lunch! So good. Leftovers were tossed with hot buttered pasta. Divine.

Food Lust People Love: This smoked mussel tapenade is a savory delight, heaped upon toasted bread or even stirred through hot pasta. The mussel flavor is subtle but super tasty!

Enjoy!

It’s the third Friday of the month so it’s time for my Fish Friday Foodies to share seafood recipes. As mentioned above, our main ingredient/theme this month is mussels. We are small but mighty this month. Check out the links below. Many thanks to our host, Sue of Palatable Pastime


Would you like to join Fish Friday Foodies? We post and share new seafood/fish recipes on the third Friday of the month. To join our group please email Wendy at wendyklik1517 (at) gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page and Pinterest page for more wonderful fish and seafood recipe ideas.


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Food Lust People Love: This smoked mussel tapenade is a savory delight, heaped upon toasted bread or even stirred through hot pasta. The mussel flavor is subtle but super tasty!

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Glazed Donut Bread Pudding #BundtBakers

The best recipe for leftover donuts, this Glazed Donut Bread Pudding is sweet, buttery and absolutely delicious! Serve it plain, with cream or ice cream! It's pretty much the perfect dessert, and better still, uses up something you might have tossed.

Food Lust People Love: The best recipe for leftover donuts, this Glazed Donut Bread Pudding is sweet, buttery and absolutely delicious! Serve it plain, with cream or ice cream! It's pretty much the perfect dessert, and better still, uses up something you might have tossed.

Here in Houston, we have a hometown favorite donut shop. It’s named Shipley Do-Nuts but everyone calls it Shipley's despite its official lack of an apostrophe and s. When their glazed donuts are hot and fresh, there is no better treat. We ration ourselves because they are not, ahem, a healthy breakfast but sometimes, only a hot glazed from Shipley's will do. 

A tip: When it's your turn to order, you must ask for "hot glazed" or they might not give you the most recently cooked ones. Oh, they'll still be fresh, just not warm. We like the warm ones the best. 

The leftovers, if there are any, tend to languish. They aren’t great the next day, even warmed in the microwave for a few seconds. They are, however, fabulous for making bread pudding! 

My husband is a fan of all bread puddings but we both agree that this one is special. You can really taste the glazed donut flavor still and it’s soft and just the right amount of sweet. If you have leftover donuts, I highly encourage you to try it. 

That said, and just for the record, I bought donuts this time specifically to make this bread pudding the next day. It’s that good. 

Glazed Donut Bread Pudding

Do not skip the extra step of double buttering the Bundt pan to ensure that the bread pudding will release from the pan. I would also suggest you use a fairly plain Bundt pan, not one with a lot of nooks and crannies. This makes one 6-cup Bundt bread pudding. 

Ingredients
Butter for greasing the Bundt pan
6 glazed yeast donuts, at least one day old
2 eggs
3/4 cup or 180ml heavy cream
1/3 cup or 80ml milk
1/4 cup or 50g brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Method
Prepare a 6-cup Bundt pan by brushing it liberally with melted butter. Put it in the refrigerator till the butter gets hard and opaque. Brush it again with cool melted butter. If your kitchen is too warm, keep the pan chilled until ready to use. 


Cut each donut in half through the equator then cut it again into smaller pieces.  Set aside. 


In a large mixing bowl, whisk your eggs. Add the milk, cream, brown sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Whisk again. 


Add the donut pieces to the bowl and stir well till they are coated. 


Set aside for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to allow the donuts to fully soak up the liquid. If you need to set the bowl aside for longer, cover it with cling film and refrigerate. 

When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C. 

Spoon the donut mixture into your prepared double-buttered Bundt pan. 


Put the Bundt pan inside another larger pan to catch any butter than might drip over the sides during baking. You can skip this step but, trust me, it’s easier to wash a pan that clean the oven. 

Bake your bread pudding for about 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.  As you can see, when it first comes out, it's still bubbling! 


Cool in the pan for about five minutes then loosen the edges.


Turn the bread pudding out onto a serving plate. You can serve it warm, just cut it carefully with a serrated knife. 


Slice and serve with pouring cream or ice cream. 

Food Lust People Love: The best recipe for leftover donuts, this Glazed Donut Bread Pudding is sweet, buttery and absolutely delicious! Serve it plain, with cream or ice cream! It's pretty much the perfect dessert, and better still, uses up something you might have tossed.

Enjoy! 

It’s the third Thursday of the month so that means it’s time for my Bundt Baker friends to share recipes baked in Bundt pans. This month we are all baking bread pudding with various flavors. Make sure to check out the diverse links below. Many thanks to our host, Sue of Palatable Pastime



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#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all of our lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.


Pin this Glazed Donut Bread Pudding! 

Food Lust People Love: The best recipe for leftover donuts, this Glazed Donut Bread Pudding is sweet, buttery and absolutely delicious! Serve it plain, with cream or ice cream! It's pretty much the perfect dessert, and better still, uses up something you might have tossed.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Cheddar Spinach Quick Bread #BreadBakers

This Cheddar Spinach Quick Bread is leavened with baking powder and soda, no waiting on a rise. It mixes up quickly. Enjoy a savory, tasty loaf with only 55-60 minutes of baking.

Food Lust People Love: This Cheddar Spinach Quick Bread is leavened with baking powder and soda, no waiting on a rise. It mixes up quickly. Enjoy a savory, tasty loaf with only 55-60 minutes of baking.

This month my fellow Bread Bakers and I are sharing recipes to celebrate the harvest, using seasonal produce. Where I am right now, spinach is a year-round crop so it’s always seasonal! 

I almost always have a bag of fresh spinach in the refrigerator to eat as salad or to toss in pasta dishes, soups and stews. Spinach adds flavor and much needed vitamins and iron to any diet. I always have frozen spinach in the freezer! 

Cheddar Spinach Quick Bread 

This recipe was adapted from one on Every Day Healthy Recipes. Do not skip the spinach drying step to make sure your bread batter is not too wet. 

Ingredients
4 oz or 115g fresh baby spinach
2 cups or 250g flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
3 oz or 84g extra sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
3/4 cup or 185g Greek style natural yogurt
3 tablespoons canola or other light oil, plus extra for the pan
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 large clove garlic, finely minced

Method
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your 9.5 in or 23cm loaf pan by greasing it lightly and lining it with baking parchment. 

Rinse and dry your spinach thoroughly with a salad spinner or, if you don’t have one, put the spinach in a clean towel and go outside and swing it around vigorously so that centrifugal force dries it out. If your spinach says wash and ready to eat, just do the drying part.  

Chop the spinach roughly with a knife then pulse it in a food processor until finely chopped but not pureed.

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, soda and salt and stir thoroughly using a whisk. Tip in most of the grated cheese, reserving some for the top, and stir to coat it with the flour mixture. 


In another large bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, yogurt and minced garlic until well combined.  


Add the chopped spinach and stir until thoroughly mixed.


Pour the spinach mixture into the flour bowl and fold gently until just combined. 


Spoon the thick batter into your prepared pan, smooth out the top with a spatula or spoon and sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top. 


Bake in the center of the oven for 1 hour (or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean). If it browns too much before it’s cooked through, cover the top with foil. 

Remove the loaf from the oven and set aside for 10 minutes then lift out of the pan with the paper and place on a rack to cool. 


Once cool, slice to serve. This bread was wonderful just as it is and also excellent toasted.

Food Lust People Love: This Cheddar Spinach Quick Bread is leavened with baking powder and soda, no waiting on a rise. It mixes up quickly. Enjoy a savory, tasty loaf with only 55-60 minutes of baking.

Enjoy!

As I mentioned above, it's Bread Baker time and we are sharing recipes with seasonal produce. Check out the links below. Many thanks to our host Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm.



#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
 

Pin this Cheddar Spinach Quick Bread! 

Food Lust People Love: This Cheddar Spinach Quick Bread is leavened with baking powder and soda, no waiting on a rise. It mixes up quickly. Enjoy a savory, tasty loaf with only 55-60 minutes of baking.

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Buttery Herb Millet

This buttery herb millet is first toasted then cooked with broth for added flavor. It’s a great change from pasta or rice, a flavorful side dish!

Food Lust People Love: This buttery herb millet is first toasted then cooked with broth for added flavor. It’s a great change from pasta or rice, a flavorful side dish!

I just happened to have a pack of millet in the pantry when our Sunday FunDay host for today’s event chose millet for today’s theme. My plan was to grind it up to make millet flour for a completely different recipe. 

The problem was that I have searched and searched and I can’t seem to find that recipe online anymore. So the millet sat languishing unused. I was grateful for the nudge to find another recipe and just use it already. 

Millet is a really nice little grain with a subtle nutty flavor, enhanced by toasting it before cooking. I bought mine at an Indian supermarket but many Asian market sell it also or you can find it online. If you are bored with the potato-pasta-rice rotation, I think you are going to love this!

Buttery Herb Millet

Millet can be cooked with water or stock but I like the flavor the stock adds. If you choose to use just water, you’ll want to add a teaspoon of fine sea salt to the water as well.  

Ingredients
1 cup or 225g millet
2 cups or 480ml broth or stock (from a cube is fine) 
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 medium or 1 whole small yellow onion, chopped finely (Mine weighed 130g)
Small bunch mixed fresh herbs, hard stems removed, chopped finely - I used a combination of chives, parsley, basil and thyme, as shown below.


Method
Toast the millet in a large dry saucepan over a medium heat, stirring frequently, until it turns a lovely golden-brown color. 


This takes several minutes. Be careful not the let the millet burn. 


The photo above is it toasted but it's hard to see the darker toasted color in my pan so I put some untoasted and toasted in little bowls for you, where it becomes more obvious. You are welcome!


Transfer the toasted millet to a pot with a tight-fitting lid. Add the broth to the pot and stir well. 


As the broth warms up, add one tablespoon of the butter and give it another stir.  Bring the broth to a boil.


Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid is almost all absorbed. 


Remove the pot from the heat and set it aside with the lid still on, to rest for a further 10 minutes.

While it rests, melt the rest of the butter over a medium heat in the pan you used to toast the millet. Add in the chopped onion and sauté until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.


Add the chopped herbs, reserving a little bit for garnish, and cook 1 minute more.


Fluff the millet with a fork. 


To make sure you don't leave any butter behind in the pan, use a rubber or silicone spatula to add the onions and herbs to the pot. Use the fork to lightly mix them through the millet.


Serve warm, garnished with the reserved chopped herbs. 

Food Lust People Love: This buttery herb millet is first toasted then cooked with broth for added flavor. It’s a great change from pasta or rice, a flavorful side dish!

Enjoy!

As I mentioned above, it’s Sunday FunDay and my friends are all sharing recipes using millet. Check out the links below. Many thanks to our host Renu of Cook with Renu

We are a group of food bloggers who believe that Sunday should be a family fun day, so every Sunday we share recipes that will help you to enjoy your day. If you're a blogger interested in joining us, just visit our Facebook group and request to join.

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Food Lust People Love: This buttery herb millet is first toasted then cooked with broth for added flavor. It’s a great change from pasta or rice, a flavorful side dish!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Sticky Pudding Carrot Pineapple Cake

This vegan sticky pudding carrot pineapple cake is aptly named for the sweet ingredients and the more-ish texture. It is divine alone or with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of double cream. Decadent for sure. 

Food Lust People Love: This vegan sticky pudding carrot pineapple cake is aptly named for the sweet ingredients and the more-ish texture. It is divine alone or with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of double cream. Decadent for sure.

November is World Vegan Month so I thought it would be fun to celebrate that with my Foodie Extravaganza friends. There are so many ingredients and dishes that we eat that are “accidentally” vegan that it makes me crazy when people turn their noses up if they see the label. 

If you’ve ever eaten a salad, vegan. Ditto literally every vegetable or fruit. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, vegan. Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch and Life cereal, vegan. Kraft Creamy Italian Salad Dressing, Campbell’s Mushroom Gravy, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, vegan. Lay’s Barbecue Potato Chips, Fritos Barbecue AND Original, all vegan. You can find an ENORMOUS list with just a click. 

And that list is just some of the processed food. 

Cooking at home without including dairy, eggs and meat is super easy. I’ve found some delicious recipes searching not for vegan food but for orthodox lent recipes. Lots of Middle Eastern and Greek dishes that do not disappoint, like my bulgur stuffed peppers! So good. 

Lots of Asian recipes are also accidentally vegan as well, like my coconut chickpea new potato curry and baby eggplant curry (made in an Instant Pot - so quick!) 

Don’t get me wrong, we do eat dairy and meat and eggs but it’s healthier for us and for the planet to try to add meals without them to our menu as well. So that’s always a goal. 

Vegan Sticky Pudding Carrot Pineapple Cake

In the case of this delicious sticky cake recipe, the only substitution required is an alternative “milk.” I did a quick search and most people in my non-judgy vegan Facebook group (they like you wherever you are on the curve of trying to eat more plant-based food) agreed that, for baking, soy milk was best, so that’s what I used. This recipe is adapted from one on Nora Cooks

Ingredients
1 lb or 450g peeled carrots
2 1/2 cups or 312g all purpose flour, plus extra for the Bundt pan
1 cup, firmly packed, or 200g brown sugar
1 cup or 200g white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup or 120ml canola oil, plus extra for the Bundt pan
1 cup or 245g crushed pineapple
3/4 cup or 180ml plant-based milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Method
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your 10-cup Bundt pan by brushing it liberally with oil then coating it with flour. Do not skip this step! Mine stuck on one side, despite my amply preparations. 

Note: I considered afterward that if I baked the cake in a normal pan instead of a Bundt one it might have turned out less puddingy but I have no regrets. My multiple taste testers loved it and that's good enough for me. 

Grate your peeled carrots finely. 


In a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients then whisk well. 


Pour in the canola oil, crushed pineapple, milk and vanilla and fold until just combined with a spatula. 


There may still be a little flour showing and that’s just fine. 


Now fold in the grated carrots. Do not over mix the batter. 


Pour the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan.


Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a wooden skewer comes out clean from the middle. Put foil over the top if it browns too much before it’s cooked through. 

Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. 


Allow to cool for about 20 minutes before loosening the edges and carefully inverting the pan onto the wire rack. I’m not kidding about how sticky it is. If some sticks to the pan, remove it carefully and stick it back on the cake. 

Yeah, that's what going on on the far side. It's not pretty but it's tasty. 

Food Lust People Love: This vegan sticky pudding carrot pineapple cake is aptly named for the sweet ingredients and the more-ish texture. It is divine alone or with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of double cream. Decadent for sure.

Once cooled completely, slice to serve.  

Food Lust People Love: This vegan sticky pudding carrot pineapple cake is aptly named for the sweet ingredients and the more-ish texture. It is divine alone or with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of double cream. Decadent for sure.

Enjoy! 

As I mentioned above, it’s time for my Foodie Extravaganza friends to share their recipes, in honor of World Vegan Month. Check out the links below.


Foodie Extravaganza is where we celebrate obscure food holidays by cooking and baking together with the same ingredient or theme each month. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you're a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board.


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Carrot Pineapple Cake! 

Food Lust People Love: This vegan sticky pudding carrot pineapple cake is aptly named for the sweet ingredients and the more-ish texture. It is divine alone or with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of double cream. Decadent for sure.

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