Bake Shepherd’s Pie Directly in Potato Skins

Only have to substitute tofu for the meat, or more vegetables to make it vegetarian friendly.

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Use Chickpea Liquid to Make the Fluffiest Egg-Free Pancakes Ever

Recipes and techniques generally advance in baby steps. It’s rare that you find a technique so far out of left field that it changes the way people think about food overnight. Sous vide cooking is up there, as is no-knead bread. In the world of vegan cuisine, nothing has shaken things up like aquafaba—the recently coined term for the liquid inside a can of cooked beans. It’s the kind of technique that’s so mind-blowingly simple that I’m amazed nobody discovered it until just a couple of years ago.

Source: Use Aquafaba to Make Extra-Light, Fluffy Egg-Free or Vegan Pancakes

I discovered aquafaba with a recipe for two ingredient meringues a few months ago. It has since nearly completely replaced my use of prepackaged egg substitutes. I am eating a lot more chickpeas now as a result. I’ve also found that canned chickpeas freeze well and defrost quickly.

Make Delicious Vegan Waffles With Tofu Instead of Eggs

As controversial as sneaking healthy ingredients into junky kid-foods may be (I’ve been known to throw stones myself), parents need to do what they need to do. And, in at least this one case, doing the unthinkable in the name of health led to a totally genius result.

The unthinkable? Emptying an entire package of tofu into the waffle batter.

Source: Genius Crispy, Fluffy (Vegan) Waffles with a Very Strange Secret Ingredient

Sugar in a vegan recipe?!  I could just waffle on and on… 😉

I don’t get why haters are so quick to point out that things don’t taste identical to their non-vegan/etc counterpart.  Besides the ideological aspect, the health aspect is valid.  And lots of recipes we use today came from people experimenting on existing recipes.  Though, I do wonder if chasing foods deemed no longer acceptable leads to the semi-vegetarianism that’s been reported in the past

Use Egg Wrappers Instead of Tortillas for Protein-Packed Sandwiches

I have a thing for pinwheel sandwiches; they’re just so pretty and such perfect finger foods. What if you could skip the tortilla or traditional wrap and use protein-loaded eggs instead? These wraps take the trifecta of breakfast foods, ham, eggs, and cheese, and turn them into portable bites that can work as breakfast or lunch.

Source: Recipe: Egg Wraps with Ham and Greens

Better yet – don’t use flour or cornstarch, but add a little bit of cream cheese and a bit of almond flour to do the same thing without cranking the carbohydrates back up.

  • two eggs
  • tablespoon of cream cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon of the almond flour

Put it all in a small bullet blender, and blend the snot out of it.  Then pour into a large pan so it’s nice and thin. Adjust the ingredients to make it thinner or thicker, as needed.

Another good use, do the same recipe – add a 1/8th tsp of cinnamon and vanilla but pour in a smaller pan to make basically crepes that area fantastic replacement for pancakes that have almost no carbs in them or for use with sweet instead of savory.

A New Baker’s Guide to Choosing the Right Kind of Flour

Flour is one of those seemingly simple ingredients that, upon closer inspection, can be downright mystifying. This harmless looking powder has much more going on that you would think, and even though it’s in almost every recipe, it can be hard to know which variety to buy for the best pastries, breads, and cakes. Let’s examine this veritable bouquet, starting with the basics.

Source: A New Baker’s Guide to Choosing the Right Kind of Flour

Things absolutely worth noting to new bakers as well:

  • Make sure your oven is level
  • Get a probe thermometer in there for accurate temperatures. 328 isn’t the same as 325.
  • Get some good pans, and stock up on parchment paper. Nice light pans = nice, light cookies. Crisped up on the bottom, they’ll actually look golden instead of… cajun?
  • Anything will continue to cook in the pan that it’s in when you take it out of the oven.
  • Don’t leave it on the stove top after you take it out. Some ranges have the heat from the oven blowing out there. Put it on a cooling rack in a different room if you can.
  • Wilton and Michael’s are your best friends. Regular 40% off single item coupons. First thing I bought? Icing spatula. Changed my life and made smoothing chocolate for peppermint bark so much simpler.

Make Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies in Under 3 Minutes in the Microwave

I adjusted the recipe just a bit, didn’t have chocolate chips but grated some butterfinger bites into it and instead of a microwave used my waffle iron. Let cool a little, and they were prefect (and no waste).

Keep Super Sticky Dough from Binding to Your Hands With a Little Oil

…during the holiday season, no matter how vigilant you are about following these commandments, sometimes you still need a little help, some extra assurance, a few aces up your sleeve.

So we gathered 52 of our smartest tips—the tricks and techniques picked up from years of experience and experiments but that don’t necessarily fall under the Great Baking Laws—and put them in one place.

Source: Our 52 Favorite Tips for Smarter Holiday Baking

I had a similar problem with a recipe not too long ago, incredibly sticky. Instead of wasting a ton of dough into the kitchen sink I thought I’d try nitrile gloves, clean hands to do clean stuff and doughy hands to do doughy stuff. Turns out… the dough won’t stick to nitrile gloves!

The Best Way to Bake Your Pies Isn’t With Vodka—It’s Like This

We’ve entered pie season—and with that also comes the season of people telling you their secret pie crust ingredient. For most people, that secret ingredient means one thing: vodka. I know because I used to be one of them. Until I found something much, much better.

Source: The Best Way to Bake Your Pies Isn’t With Vodka—It’s Like This

One of the store I shop at sells vanilla vodka, so I use that in the crusts. It adds that extra bit. But it seems to me that the best crusts have a long flake to them that you get from hand-mixing. The vodka crust is flaky but crumbly, like cheesecake crust. Still, I’m glad the vodka crust is so reliable.

I have a pie crust recipe that doesn’t use any alcohol, including vanilla extract.  It’s served me well.