Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"Shadow Stabbing"

Ever since I started this whole dairy-less deal I've found myself wrestling with a few problems, the largest one being the absence of butter. I've found that for many things there are a few decent swaps but it doesn't often go undetected. I prefer things to taste good regardless of what it is that went into baking them and butter substitutes often end up with their end products tasting that sort of oh this is pretty good for not having butter kind of way which to me is sign of low quality. Over the school period I made a great many unblogged dairy free Frankenstein type recipes trying to punch this problem square in its ugly face. This cobbler I think is my victory round.

Blueberry Peach Cobbler
originally by The Full Woman

Blueberry Peach Filling

12 ounces frozen blueberries (about 1 3/4 cups), thawed and drained of excess juice
16 ounces frozen sliced peaches (about 2 cups), thawed and drained
1tbsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Spoon into a 9 inch pie plate and cover with vanilla almond topping, recipe below.

Vanilla Almond Topping

1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp coconut oil, room temp
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup almond meal
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

In a large mixing bowl whisk together egg, sugar, coconut oil vanilla extract and almond milk until smooth. Add flour, almond meal, baking powder and salt and whisk until just combined. Spoon over pie filling and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes, until golden brown and delicious. Serve warm or cold (my favorite!) topped with almond dream ice cream.

Monday, May 7, 2012

"This Could Be Para Para Paradise"

It's funny just how much you don't appreciate your free time until you don't have any. I feel like I've never been as busy in my whole life as I have been these past sixteen weeks. Now that I've turned in all my papers, received my final grades ( straight A's!) and school is finally out for summer, I have time to myself again and my mind is just swimming with ideas to make the most of this glorious break. My most immediate projects; carefree long runs in the barely warm early summer dawn, baking pies by the dozen, and wasting away hours catching up on the last few seasons of Smallville. There's nothing like a good sweat, a slice of pie and a beautiful man to make you feel the full effects of vacation.

Find the recipe for Blueberry Blackberry Pie here