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Raisin Scones

I used to absolutely love scones with lots of jam and cream when I was vegetarian. Since becoming vegan I had never really tried to make scones as I figured they would not taste anything like the same. As I had some vegan cream in the fridge I decided to give it a try and I am really pleased with the results!

The cream in the photographs is the same cream I used for my pancakes but I put it into a piping bag to make swirls. You can freeze these scones if you do not want to eat them all at the same time. If you want to do that ensure they cool completely before doing so.

scones as they come out of the oven

scones with jam and cream

Ingredients:
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tbsp sugar (usual warning applies)
1/4 cup vegan margarine
1/2 cup raisins (or any other dried fruit like sultanas)
Approx 1 cup soya milk

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together until they are all well mixed.

3. Add the margarine and mix it into the other ingredients until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.

4. Stir in the raisins until they are well mixed.

5. Stir in the milk. You want to use approximately the full amount here but depending on what flour you use you may need more or little. The consistency should be firm but still pliable.

6. On a floured surface roll the scones out and use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes. Ensure the height is no less than 1 1/2 inches.

7. Bake in the heated oven for about 10 minutes. The time may vary here so keep an eye on it and they are ready when the top is a golden brown.

8. As stated above if you are planning on freezing so you can use them when you like ensure they are completely cool before putting into an airtight freezable container. You should not need to wrap them separately.

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Chocolate (carob) brownies

I have a really bad allergic reaction to chocolate. Sucks I know right! A few years ago I had a body piercing which went wrong and made me incredibly allergic to nickel. As a result I can’t eat any foods containing nickel and I have to be incredibly careful if I am touching nickel. Chocolate is something which should be in everyone’s life whether vegan or not and thankfully these brownies taste just like chocolate, are amazing hot or cold and would fool anyone into thinking they were not vegan. There is a lot of sugar in these so a little goes a very long way if you are on a diet but as a treat they are difficult to beat!

with vegan icecream.

before cut into squares.

Ingredients:
250g plain flour
400g white sugar (usual note applies here – not all sugar is vegan)
65g carob powder (or cocoa if you don’t have allergies)
1tsp baking powder
2tsp salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
2 tsbp vanilla extract

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees c.
2. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together and then add the wet ingredients to the mixture.
3. Mix all ingredients together with a whisk until there are no flour lumps. It will begin to feel quite stiff.
4. Pour into a baking mold (ideal size for this is 16x16cm)
5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. You will know it is ready when a fork comes away cleanly.
6. Cool and cut into squares when fully cooled.

This freezes really well so you can have a piece just as you like but ensure you cool it completely before you cut into squares and certainly before freezing.