Apple and whole spelt pancakes

A week full of fancy Easter surprises! I enjoyed this weekend very much - running and treating others with good food. Next week will even get better as the forecast promises sunshine, so my smile is getting wider. Sunglasses out, straw in the smoothie and into the green <3.

Whether Good Friday, Easter Sunday or maybe on Easter Monday - there are plenty of opportunities to feast extensively with the family and all other beloved ones. Goodies all day long. And I can tell you there are more than a million tasty vegan ideas to indulge :-). Some years ago I already summarized a bunch of my most favorite recipes for a family brunch here. This year I though of some new snacks to get the colours on the Easter-table and bring the fabulous world of taste experiences to your home.

Let's start with these fantastic apple whole spelt pancakes with fruits & maple syrup.

Makes 8 pcs. for 2 portions.
Preparation time: 20 minutes

For the dough:
5 oz. (150 g) wholemeal spelt flour
1 ts. baking powder
1 pinch of stevia or 1 oz. (30 g) sugar
1 pinch of vanilla, ground
1 pinch of salt
1 4 oz. (120g) aplle
1 tbs. lemon juice
6 fl. oz. (180ml) almond/soy/spelt drink or any other grain milk
2 tbs. veg-oil (suitable for baking)

2 oz. (50 g) berries
1/2 pomegranate
2 slices pineapple
some lemon balm
3-4 fl .oz. (100 ml) maple syrup

Mix in a bowl spelt flour, baking powder, Stevia, vanilla and salt. Grate the apple coarsely (with skin) and sprinkle with lemon juice. Add the apple and grain milk to the flour-mix and stir all the ingredients quickly! with a stirer, as the dough otherwise becomes gluey and doesn't rise that well in the pan.

Pour some oil into the preheated pan and bake 8 pancakes golden brown. In a 10 inch (24-26cm) pan. you can fit about 4-6 pancakes at a time.

Arrange four pancakes on two plates and decorate with berries, pomegranate, pineapple and lemon zest. Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!

These pancakes taste best fresh. With a big family and preparation time you can reheat them in the pan or oven.


Truffle chocolate cake pop eggs

The sun is shining and I am feeling all ready for Easter in two weeks. Oh my - only two weeks and so many ideas I have to try.  I love Easter because it's so colorful and happy. Every recipe delights with joy of happy and bright colors. Because you can't ever get enough good and lovely Easter recipes, here's a delicious one: truffle chocolate cake pop eggs. Enjoy!

Makes 10-12 cake pops.

For the chocolate sponge:
120 g spelt flour (type 630)
60 g raw cane sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 packet vanilla sugar
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 pinch of salt
some orange zests
25 ml vegetable oil
60 ml orange juice
50 ml cold water
1 tsp apple vinegar

In a bowl mix the flour, sugar, banking power, vanilla sugar, cocoa, salt and orange zests. Add the oil, orange juice, water and vinegar and wisk lightly. Oil tree 10cm rund baking pans and pour in the dough. Bake for approximately 20 Minutes at 160°C (circulating air). Then let cool for at least one hour.

For the truffle ganache:
40 g dark chocolate
20 g vegetable cream
2 tsp powdered sugar
10 g margarine
1 Tsp orange liqueur

Chop the chocolate and put it in a small bowl. Heat the cream with the sugar and pour it over the chocolate. Then stir until combined smoothly and the chocolate has melted entirely. Add the margarine in flakes and the orange liqueur.

You also need:
200 g dark chocolate glazing
10-12 lollipop sticks
colourful sugar icing

Crumble the chocolate sponge in a bowl and mix with the ganache. Form 10-12 eggs and place them on a plate covered with aluminium foil. Cool for 20 Minutes.

Melt the chocolate glazing in a water bath. Cover the end of a lollipop stick with some chocolate and stick in in the eggs. Fill up a cup with sugar and put the sticks with the truffle eggs inside. One after another dip the eggs into the chocolate glazing and let cool. Decorate with icing sugar.


Chocolate ice cream with sesame brittle and a Tatarada!

First the good news or first the the very good news? OK I see you wanna enjoy your ice cream while I announce the good news. So let’s start with “good 1”: heat can raise - we are prepared with ice cream!

For 250ml or 4 scoops. ​

For the ice cream:
250 g (8 oz.) almond milk/drink (or any other cereal based milk/drink)
150 g vegan chocolate spread (e.g. Bionella or Samba)
1 level teaspoon carob gum (optional)
40 g (1-2 oz.) sesame brittle

 Slightly heat the choco-spread and stir it with the almond drink and carob gum. 

The ice cream machine: give the Bionella-drink you just mixed in the ice machine and let it chill for about 10 minutes to a creamy ice. Break the sesame brittle into pieces and stir it in or just spread it on top of your ice cream.

If you don‘t have an ice cream machine you can also use your freezer: Give the Bionella-drink in a closable and antifreezing vessel and put it for at least 4 hours in the freezer. Stir everything every 30 minutes so that no big crystals arise. At the end break the sesame brittle into pieces and stir it in or just spread it on top of your ice cream.

HINT: The ice gets even creamier if you are using Coconut milk instead of almond drink!

Ice cream in the cup? Spoon in the ice? Scoop in your mouth?  On the 16th of September my new cookbook will be released. Finally <3. I am sooo in love and I hope you like it just as much as I do! Follow this link for a preview: veganpassion.de/Kochbuch.


Cevapcici Zucchini

My running circle is just the best! Look what gorgeous zucchinis I got. This beauties really call for pics and a bbq recipe!

Since summer season is barbecue season. Spending all afternoon in the yard watching eagerly the vegetables frizzling on the grill. Boredom with cutlets and sausages was yesterday. Today we barbecue Cevapcici-Zucchini!

BTW: this recipe is quite an allrounder, if you are feeling hot you can enjoy it cold, but in autumn you can bake it as well in the oven.

For 4 portions:

For the sweet-potato-millet:
100 g millet (or parboiled rice) (3-4 oz.)
1 (300g) sweet potato (10-12 oz.)
400 ml vegetable stock (15 fl. oz.)

Peel the sweet potato and cute it into 5mm-sized dice. Cook it with the millet for about 15 minutes in the vegetable stock.

For the Cevapcici:
200 g basic tofu (7-8 oz.)
olive oil
1 onion
1/2 red bellpepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste
salt, pepper
paprika, hot and sweet
1 pinch of nutmeg
1 tablespoon (4 ea) dried tomatoes
300 g basic tomato sauce (10-12 oz.)
1 teaspoon agave syrup
1 sprig rosemary

4 small zucchini

Crumble the tofu in a pan and roast it gently with some olive oil. Add the finely diced onion and bellpepper. As soon as it turns golden-brown add the tomato paste and let it caramelize. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and nutmeg. Chop the dried tomatoes and give them together with the tomato sauce to the tofu. Season to taste with agave syrup and rosemary, then let it simmer for about 5 minutes at medium heat.

Remove the lid from the zucchini (about 2-3cm / 1 inch) and use a spoon to remove the seeds. If you like to you of course can also use a longish zucchini. In that case the pulp is kind of more solid, hence you can chop it and also add it to the Cevapcici.
Fill the zucchinis first with the millet-mix, then with the Cevapcici. Put the lid back on top, pack it in aluminium foil and heat on the barbecue. Alternatively bake it at 190°C (370°F) top/bottom heat for 25-30 minutes (without lid).

HINT: The Cevapcici can also be rolled to tiny little rolls and enjoyed the original way.


Sweet-potato-sticks with date-sauce

Right now we have a heavy heat wave here in Germany. Up to 38°C!!! You baerly can do anything.

But the weather doesn't take down my mood (at least this is my firm will) and I breast the waves with good mood food. As a big fan of the sweet potato I had today a super-quick meal: sweet potato sticks with sweet chili (yes, you have to fight fire with fire!). I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

For 4 portions.

For the sweet-potato-sticks:
6 sweet potatoes
4-6 tablespoons olive oil
salt, pepper, nutmeg

Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1 cm (1/2 inch) slices. Mix them in a bowl with olive oil and herbs, then bake them at upper/lower heat and 200°C (360°F) for 20-25 minutes. The sticks are ready if they look brown and crispy.

For the tasty dip:
2 bellpeppers
1 chili peppers, red
1 small pcs. ginger (about 1/2 teaspoon)
4 dates, pitted
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tablespoon oliveoil
salt, pepper

Remove the core of the bellpepper, cut off the stem of the chili, then mince all ingredients roughly and throw them into the mixer. Puree thoroughly for 30-60 minutes.
Let the sauce simmer at medium heat for 10-15 minutes till it thickens.

Serve the sticks with the sauce and catch fire ;-) Bon app├ętit!


Strawberry coconut cake with maple syrup

Last week I gave a baking show about "Vegan baking and sugar substitutes". With maple syrup and the sweet of date you get totally new taste experiences. Yummy!

Here the recipe for the Strawberry coconut cake of the event. The audience was totally enthusiastic about it - I am eager for your comments :-)

For a cake of 7 inch (18cm) or 8-12 pices.

For the sponge:
300 g spelt flour (Type 630)
3 oz / 80 g raw cane sugar
1 pinch sea salt
¾ sachet baking powder / soda
3 oz / 80 g maple syrup
2 fl. oz / 60 ml oil
3 fl. oz / 100 ml orange juice
3 fl. oz / 100 ml mineral water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
grated lemon zest of an untreated lemon
some vegan butter to grease
Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Add oil, orange juice, water and lemon juice and stir everything to a smooth dough. Grate the lemon and add the zest. Grease the baking pans and divide the dough between them. Bake at 340°F/170°C for 25-30 minutes. Let the layers cool down in the pans.
For the filling:
13 oz / 400 g small strawberries
13 oz / 400 g vegan whipping cream
2 sachets cream starch
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons (50g) coconut cream

Whip the cream with the starch and a pinch of salt. Heat the coconut cream in a water bath till it turns soft. Add it little by little to the whipped cream and stir it in. Cool the rich cream for about 15-20 minutes, then again stir it with a spoon to get it smoothly.

Now the build-up of the cake: Straighten the cake layers with a confectioners knife. Place the first one of the layers on the cake plate. Remove the green from the strawberries, then halve about 7 oz / 200g of the strawberries. Place half of them on the first layer and spread them with the cream. Do the same with the secod layer. At last place the third layer upsite down on top. By doing this you get an even final surface on the top of your cake. Spread the total cake round about with the remaining cream.

For the decor:
1-2 oz / 50 g flaked coconut
3 oz / 100 g dark couverture
some cocos chips

Cant the cake carefully and sprinkle the edge of the cake with flaked coconut. Cool the cake for about 30 minutes.

In the meantime chop and melt the couverture in a water bath. Take the remaining strawberries and cut their bottom even, then dip the top in the melted couverture. Let it dry. Place the strawberries as decor on top of your cake and garnish with the cocos-chips.


My vegan baking school went online in May! *joy* For further recipes and hints you're totally right there. If you have any suggestions just drop me a mail (Kontakt(at)veganpassion.de) and I try to consider it.

Here the link: http://www.jedes-essen-zaehlt.de/backschule/startseite.html


Slow down Smoothie

For breakfast or in between - I always take my time for a reviving smoothie :-)
Here one of my favorite versions: green smoothie with spinache, banana & pineapple. "Delicious!" it's all I am saying....

For 3-4 glasses:
1 banana
1 slice pineapple (about 1-2 inches)
2 oz. baby spinache (60 g)
1 tablespoons lemon juicy (optional)
7 fl. oz. orange juice (200 ml)
7 fl. oz. water, cold (200 ml)

Peel and slice the banana and pineapple. Mix it with the spinache, lemon- and orange juice and water. Mix everything at maximum speed for 20-30 seconds and ready it is. Put deco on and straw in and enjoy!  :-)

Golden Magnolia Wedding Cake

I spent the last weeks in Australia to visit my bff. She decieded to study there and I just couldn't withstand it any longer. So I packed my bags and up, up and away. Now after a 30 hours flight, 20 hours of yoga and some surfing later and I feel like being refreshed and reborn.
Finally back in Germany I of course directly started baking again. However as lovely as the vacation was - others feel naked without their bag - I am incomplete without my oven.

This cake I created about last week. The filling is made out of dark butter-truffles and a coco-passion-fruit-cake. Yummy :-).



Lately I was invited over for a cup of tea. As I am too much into bakery for showing up empty-handed, I just whipped a little something. Fast and simple are these delicious raspberry-yoghurt-dices and who likes can bake them also to a cake instead of dices. Of course these little ones are full of the finest organic ingredients - and that is what you taste ;-)

For a 6x6 inch (15 x 15cm) spirngform:

5 oz. (150g) spelt flour (type 1050)
2 oz. raw cane sugar (50g)
pulp of a vanilla pod
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon starch
2 tablespoon soy yoghurt
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 dash lemon juice
1 fl. oz. oil (30ml)
4 fl. oz. water (120ml)
5 oz.  raspberries (140g)

3 oz. marzipan/almond paste (80g)
1-2 tablespoons raspberry jam

5 oz. chocolate (150g)
5 fl. oz. oat based cream / soy cream (150ml)

Mix the flour, sugar, vanilla, baking powder and starch. Stir with yoghurt, maple syrup, lmeon juice, oil and water to a smooth dough, then add the raspberries. Pour the dough in a greased and floured or with baking paper lined pan and bake it at 330°F (170°C) for about 25 minutes (test with a skewer!).

Let the cake cool well. Then spread it with the jam. Roll the marzipan to a square of 6x6 inches (15x15cm) and place it onto the cake.

For the ganache chop the chocolate and mix it with the cream. Warm the chocolate carefully till it's melted. Spread the ganache all around the dice then put it into muffin cups. Decor with some sugar flowers, crumbles or brittle and finally serve on the laid coffee table. Ready for a nice cosy chat?


Yoghurt-bunnies with almonds

At Easter yeast-pastries are of course absolutely classical. Refined with yoghurt and almonds the Easter bunny tastes deliciously fresh and juicy. I just give you the total quantity right away as the bunny also is a great gift idea these days ;-)

For 8 little Easter bunnies:
For the yeast-dough:
9 oz. spelt flour (275 g, Type 630)
½ oz. raw-cane-sugar (15 g)
1 sachet of vanilla sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon almond butter (40 g)
1/2 sachet dry yeast 
2 oz. soy-yoghurt, almond (50 g)
1 fl. oz. oil (20 ml)
3 fl. Oz. almond-drink or any other unsweetened vegan milk (100 ml)
Some vegan cream to brush over the pastries

Mix the flour, sugar, vanilla sugar and salt in bowl. Dissolve the yeast into about 1 fl. oz. of the almond-drink and let it rise. Add the almond-butter, yoghurt, oil and the remaining almond-drink to the flour mix. Work it for about 5 minutes with your hands until the dough becomes smooth. Grease a mixing bowl with some oil and form the dough in it to a ball. Cover it with a dish towel and let it rise for about 2 hours. Due to the almond-butter the dough won’t double its volume within this period but will finish rising during baking. 
Dust your working space with some oil and portion 8 pieces out of the dough. At a time separate a small piece for the cute bunny tail. Form the bigger portions to about 6 inch (15cm) long dough strands and twist them two times within themselves. Form the small separated pieces to a tail and put it in the middle. Lay the pastries on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake them at about 350°F (180°C) at top/bottom heat for about 15 minutes till they become light-golden. 
Have a lot of fun trying out this recipe! Eagerly looking forward to Easter… ;-)


Chocolate Glazed Pumpkin Doughnuts

Any words needed?!

For 12 pcs.

For the donut dough (cake dough gets baked in a donut pan):
6 oz. hokkaido pumpkin (without seeds and paring exactly 3 oz.) (170 g/100g)
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 oz. dark choco drops (30 g)
4 oz. spelt flour (120 g)
2 oz. raw cane sugar (50 g)
1 pinch of cinnamon, salt and vanila
1/2 grated peel of an Orange
1 fl. oz. oil (30 ml)
2 fl. oz. sparkling water, unsweetened (50 ml)
2. fl. oz. orange juice (50 ml)

Cut the pumpkin finely and let it simmer with some water and lemon juice for about 15 minutes with the lid on over a low heat. Then smash it with a fork and let it cool.
Mix flour, sugar, spices and orange peel in a bowl. Stir oil, water and orange juice well. Then add the pumpkin. Pour the dough in greased pans and bake it at 330°F (170°C) for about 15-20 minutes.

HINT: If you don't have donut pans you can reduce the liquid ingredients by about 1 fl. oz. (30ml). Fill the somewhat drier dough in pastry bag and squeeze it as loops on a baking sheet.


Vintage Flower Cake

I love love love weddings! Everything is so beautifully decorated. The chapel and the ballroom adorned with ribbons and flowers. The whole atmosphere is so emotional and then when the bridal pair finally appears everyone cries.

This cake was my wedding present for one of my best friends. She decided for a Vintage-Cake with purple blossoms. Concerning the taste: we held the upper layers fruity-fresh with a lemon-cream filling, the lower levels was dedicated to the chocoholics with a truffle-cream filling.

Apparently the bridal pair loved their cake, so I am perfectly happy  ;-)

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