Thursday, September 06, 2007

damn tasty and happy accidents

Last week, I finally got around to making the chocolate peanut butter shells from the Damn Tasty Vegan. You can find the recipe here (scroll down). Even though everyone has raved about these cookies, I had held off because I (freakishly) don't love the chocolate peanut butter combination! Crazy, I know. I made these to send to a friend. But once I tasted one, I realized I'd been missing out- these cookies are awesome! I'm wondering what other flavor combinations are possible- chocolate hazelnut? Cinnamon cashew? Vanilla marzipan? The possibilities are endless!

These corn muffins were a happy accident last week. Daiku and I wanted to make cornbread to go with dinner one night, but realized that we were out of everything- no soymilk, almost no flour. Well, what to do? We came up with this recipe. Considering they were made from scraps of what we had, they had a very satisfying flavor. The vanilla soy yogurt gives them a sweet flavor even though we decreased the sugar, so proceed with caution!

Sweet Surprise Corn Muffins (makes 10)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/3 cup vanilla soy yogurt, thinned out with enough water to make 1 cup of liquid
  • 3 TB flax goo (1 part flax meal mixed with 3 parts warm water in a blender)
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • handful of corn kernels
  • 2 TB brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • up to 1/2 cup additional water, as needed
Preheat oven to 425. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Add the wet to the dry, stirring until just mixed. Fold in corn kernels, and additional water as needed to make a thick, smooth batter. Bake 20-25 minutes in ungreased muffin tins until muffins are light golden brown. Allow to cool in muffin tins for 5-10 minutes before removing.

One year ago today: What I was blogging about on 6 September 2006 (remember this mother of all memes?)



Celine said...

I think your cookies turned out the best I've seen of all the ones that have been made since squirrel put her recipe out! WOO!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Hi Bazu! I love corn muffins, and I've been wanting to make some in the iron skillet. I still haven't made the damn tasty choc/pb shells -- I'm helpless around that flavor combo. I'm scrolling down -- I heard you & Bazu met Jody! :)

Veganista said...

Those pb shells do look damn tasty! What a great concept. VANILLA MARZIPAN? Let me know if you ever try it. :) And I wanted to say on your last post--what a gorgeous couple you are. Happy anniversary and all the best for many more years together.

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

doh -- you & DAIKU! not you and yourself.... lol! :)

Emmie said...

Promise you won't tell anyone, but I absolutely hate peanut butter! I don't know why people put it in their cookies. I love peanuts, and peanutsauce but peanutbutter.. eeeew it just doesn't get much nastier than that.

Emilie said...

I'm glad you've seen at least of sliver of the chocolate peanut butter combo light. Those cookies look like they could convert any hater. I definitely need to try them! I'm thinking a sugar cookie spiced with cardamom rolled around some kind of cashew butter filling would be good too...

Vegan_Noodle said...

Mmm, those cookies look fabulous! I have read through that recipe several times, I guess it seemed a bit complicated, but now I realize I must put forth the effort it it can convert someone who's not a fan of the chocolate/pb combo.
Lovely corn muffins! Always fun to experiment when you don't think you have all the right ingredients!

SaraJane said...

I'm also a freak and not as hot for the pb and chocolate combination like most people are. I wonder about using other nut butters, though... or maybe some sesame tahini with pistachios with a vanilla outside... I might try these this weekend!

Kittee said...

Peanut butter and chocolate is a great new habit to break in.


Susan said...

You know it's a good post when you see the words "chocolate" and
"peanut butter" mentioned in the same recipe. Oh, yum! And then you delighted me with the sweet surprise corn muffins. I love the addition of the healthful flaxseed too. Thanks Bazu!

VeggieGirl said...

those chocolate-peanut butter shells look divine!! there are certainly endless flavor-combinations that you could try - my personal favorite is carob & peanut butter (or almond butter) :0)

the little corn muffins certainly ARE a sweet surprise! nice job!

dreamy said...

Oh my.. you could actually turn leftovers into something so yummy looking, must be a natural at cooking, I wish I have half your talent! The chocolate peanut shells are so inviting! Yum :d

maybepigscanfly said...

Don't you just love happy accidents... they just help to prove that there are no such things as mistakes!

Chemical Robotiks said...

cornbread tastes so much better when you add red bell peppers and olives into the mix. ya gotta try it dude

vko said...

Those chocolatey- peanut butter things look damn scrumptious and looks like your muffins were a fortuitous accident- love that.

Kris said...

I really like your flavor combo ideas, I need to do some serious playing around with these!

And don't you love it when happy accidents happen when you bake? Kudos to you!

tippitappi said...

what are those incredible peanut butter shells? I'm dying for them.... :)