Baking · Bread · Breakfast · Vegan

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

The BEST fluffy vegan cinnamon rolls. Enriched dough filled with a buttery cinnamon sugar filling and once baked decorated with icing.

The next bake in my Christmas recipe instalment is Vegan Cinnamon Rolls.

I based this vegan cinnamon roll recipe on the Cinnamon Rolls already on my blog. I’ve altered the recipe and taken out a bit of the strong white bread flour and replaced that with cornflour, which makes these cinnamon rolls super moist and fluffy without any dairy or egg.

The cinnamon filling I’ve kept exactly the same, we’re using equal measures of vegan butter and brown sugar with a tablespoon of ground cinnamon. We find this has just the right amount of cinnamon flavour, but if you love more cinnamon then add extra.

Prepare the enriched dough and leave it to rise for around an hour until doubled in size. Once the dough has doubled in size, make the buttery cinnamon sugar filling. Now roll the dough out into a large rectangle, then spread the cinnamon filling over the dough, then from the long side roll the dough up into a log. Trim the edges (I usually bake these off to enjoy as well) and slice the dough up into 12 pieces.

Liberally grease a baking tin with vegan butter and then place the cinnamon rolls in the tin. There should be some space between the cinnamon rolls so they have room to join up on the second rise.

I love those cinnamon swirls you simply take out from the fridge, unroll, slice and bake. Those are great for ease, but these homemade cinnamon rolls are far superior with their soft pillowy texture. This recipe does require quite a bit of time investment, but the finished bake is absolutely worth all the waiting!

It won’t be at all long before I make these cinnamon rolls again! They are one of our favourite breakfast recipes along with these incredible Fluffy Vegan Pancakes!

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Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Best fluffy vegan cinnamon rolls. These make a delightful weekend breakfast, brunch or sweet treat. You cannot even tell they're plant-based!
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12
Author What Jessica Baked Next

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 475 g strong white bread flour
  • 25 g cornflour
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 14 g fast-action dried yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 325 ml plant milk
  • 75 g vegan butter

Cinnamon Filling:

  • 125 g vegan butter softened
  • 125 g dark or light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Icing:

  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons water (add more or less depending on your preferred consistency)

Instructions

  • To make the dough: In a large mixing bowl, place the flour, cornflour, sugar, yeast and salt. Mix to combine.
  • In a small pan, gently heat the milk and butter until the butter has melted and the milk is just warm.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a dough comes together. Knead the dough by hand or with a dough hook attachment in a stand mixer for 7 minutes until smooth and elasticated. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and leave the dough somewhere warm for 60 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • To make the filling: Cream together the sugar, butter and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Set aside for later.
  • Grease the base and sides of a 23cm x 30cm / 13 x 9-inch baking tin with extra butter. When the dough has doubled in size, tip it out the bowl and knock the air out. Lightly flour a work surface and roll the dough into a large, neat rectangle about 50cm x 30 cm / 20 x 12-inches and with one of the longer sides nearest to you.
  • Evenly spread the cinnamon mixture over the dough, ensuring the mixture reaches all the edges.
  • Starting with the long side of the rectangle, roll the dough up into a sausage shape. Using a sharp knife, trim the edges of the dough and then cut the dough into 12 rolls.
  • Place the rolls side by side in the baking tin, with the spiral facing upwards. Cover and leave somewhere warm until they’ve all joined up and have nearly doubled in size – this should take approx. 45-60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C / 180°C Fan / 400°F / Gas Mark 6. Bake the rolls for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4 and bake for a further 15-20 minutes until the rolls are a light golden colour on top. Leave to cool in the tin for about 15-20 minutes.
  • To make the icing: Mix together the icing sugar and enough water until the icing reaches your preferred consistency. Drizzle the icing over the top of the cinnamon rolls and leave to set for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Once the icing has set, the cinnamon rolls are ready to eat. The rolls will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days.

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Baking · Cakes · Vegan

Vegan Gingerbread Loaf Cake

Gingerbread loaf cake that’s free from dairy and egg. This vegan cake has all the yummy spices you associate with autumn and winter.

‘Tis the season to start baking all the autumnal and wintery cakes.

When I made this gingerbread loaf it lasted less than 24 hours! Because it was thoroughly enjoyed so much by my taste testers, I’ve been keen to share this special cake recipe with you.

I’ve got my festive bake on and I’ve been getting busy in the kitchen creating some recipes for you to enjoy over Christmastime. The whole of November and up to Christmas Day, all the bakes you see will be festive so you have some new recipes to try out in December to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

I made this Gingerbread Loaf Cake using a fabulous recipe from Cozy Peach Kitchen a couple of weeks ago and honestly I’ve dreamed of it ever since. This cake is the epitome of gingerbread perfection if you love a fiery ginger flavour in your bakes, it has various spices in the cake batter and once baked, the top and sides they’re drizzled with orange glacé icing.

With gorgeous flavour from ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. This cake is stunning and perfect for baking throughout the autumn and winter months. A slice of this gingerbread loaf cake and a mug of coffee, tea or hot chocolate is complete and utter bliss.

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Vegan Gingerbread Loaf Cake

Gingerbread loaf cake that's free from dairy and egg. This vegan cake has all the yummy spices you associate with autumn and winter.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author What Jessica Baked Next

Ingredients

Gingerbread Cake:

  • 300 ml hot water
  • 80 ml golden syrup (substitute with black treacle or molasses)
  • 100 g dark or light brown sugar
  • 80 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 240 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Orange Icing:

  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons orange juice (add more or less depending on your preferred consistency)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 900g / 2lb loaf tin with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the hot water and golden syrup until combined. In a jug mix the brown sugar, vegetable oil, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract to combine.
  • Place a sieve over a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and a small pinch of salt.
  • Add both liquid mixtures to the bowl of dry ingredients and whisk until you have a smooth batter - it will be very runny.
  • Transfer the batter to the loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Once baked leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then carefully remove and place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely - at this point I recommend leaving the gingerbread overnight to let the flavours develop, but this is optional.
  • When the cake is cooled, now is the time to make the icing. Combine the icing sugar with the orange juice, adding more or less until you have the desired consistency. You don't want it too runny, but thick enough to coat the cake.
  • Drizzle the icing over the top of the loaf cake. Leave the icing to set before slicing. Store the cake in an airtight container or a cake plate with a cover for up to 3 days.

I love the flavour this tangy orange icing adds, but if you don’t have orange then a lemon is a good alternative or make your icing with water instead. The icing is optional as the loaf tastes gorgeous without it too.

We sliced our cake up and I served my slice with vegan whipped cream and orange zest. We all enjoyed this so much, we’re now even contemplating having it for Christmas Day pudding with toffee sauce. Yum!

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Baking · Biscuits and Cookies · Vegan

Vegan Shortbread

Easy 5 ingredient recipe for vegan Scottish-style shortbread biscuits. 

We’re edging closer to Christmas and now it’s November, I think it’s about time to let the festive baking truly begin. My first one of which I shared last week with these Orange Chocolate Orange Chip Cookies. As well as my previous recipe and this one I’m sharing with you today, over the weekend I photographed another Christmas recipe too. I’m on a roll with my festive creations for the blog and can’t wait to bake more!

One bake we indulge with over the festive season is shortbread. My shortbread recipes are greatly popular, with this Scottish Shortbread being one of the most viewed recipes ever and many of you have made this recipe and enjoyed it.

These shortbread biscuits have a delicate vanilla flavour and are crisp, crumbly and will just melt in your mouth. I used this Shortbread Biscuits recipe and swapped the butter for vegan baking block and upped the amount of sugar in the recipe slightly.

I use vanilla sugar and find that really enhances the flavour in this shortbread dough. You could also add some grated lemon, lime or orange zest. If you don’t have vanilla sugar, then add the seeds from a vanilla pod to your shortbread dough.

The shortbread dough is easy and speedy to make. Take softened vegan baking block and cream together with the caster sugar until fluffy. Now add the sifted flours (this recipe uses a mix of plain and self-raising flour, but using just plain flour is fine). Mix until a crumbly dough has formed and then wrap the dough up in clingfilm and chill it for a recommended 15 minutes.

Chilling the shortbread dough makes it easier when rolling the dough out and ensures that the biscuits will hold their shape during baking.

I sprinkle my shortbread biscuits with sugar before baking and little extra sugar after they’ve baked. But a light dusting of icing sugar also looks and tastes great too!

Once baked, decoration is optional, I add another sprinkling of caster sugar to the tops of my shortbread biscuits. You could dip or drizzle the biscuits with melted chocolate also.

Beautiful, sweet and crumbly shortbread biscuits. Skip buying tins of readymade shortbread this Christmas and make your own instead!

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Vegan Shortbread

(5 Ingredient) Crumbly vegan shortbread biscuits. A perfect easy bake for the upcoming festive season!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author What Jessica Baked Next

Ingredients

  • 200 g vegan baking block softened
  • 100 g caster sugar (I use vanilla sugar)
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 150 g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Line two large baking trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside. Preheat oven to 160°C / 140°C Fan / Gas Mark 3. Cream the softened vegan baking block and the sugar until light and pale in colour (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Now sift the flours and add to the creamed baking block and sugar mixture along with the vanilla extract. Continue to mix until a crumbly and soft ball of dough comes together. Don’t overwork the dough, try to touch it as little as possible. At this point you can wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill it for 15 minutes, however this is an optional step - it does make rolling the dough out easier.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out to about 1/2 cm thickness. Using your favourite biscuit/cookie cutters, cut out shapes from the dough and transfer to the lined baking trays. Sprinkle the top of each biscuit with a little extra sugar or you can dust each baked biscuit with icing sugar after baking if you prefer.
  • Bake the biscuits for 15-20 minutes until they’re crisp and slightly golden around the edges - all ovens are different so they may need baking for longer. I like adding a little extra sugar to the tops at this point.
  • Once baked, leave to cool on the baking trays for 5-10 minutes, then carefully transport to a wire rack and allow the biscuits to cool completely to room temperature. Shortbread will keep in an airtight container for up to one week.

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Baking · Chocolate · Cookies · Vegan

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Orange chocolate chip cookies ready in one hour – these zesty cookies are sure to steal your heart if you love all things chocolate orange!

I shared these Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies in January and have made those cookies many times since. Lately, I’ve been experimenting adding different flavours/ingredients to the original recipe.

I will pretty much find any way of combining chocolate into a recipe! Chocolate can be paired with so many different flavours, my favourites are white chocolate and cranberry, dark/milk chocolate and peanut butter and chocolate and orange.

The last flavour combination inspired me to share this new vegan cookie recipe!

If you’re from the UK like me, then you’ll be familiar with Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. For anyone who’s never tried one of these, they’re basically chocolate shaped like an orange and you break off segments of the chocolate. Before going vegan, I was literally obsessed with TCO and would eat so much of this chocolate. But seeing as there’s no exact vegan version of a TCO currently available, I’ve made my own so I don’t have to miss out anymore!

The cookie dough before baking: I love the big chunks of chocolate!

To really get the orange flavour to come through in each bite of this cookie, I do my usual trick of rubbing the sugar and orange zest together before creaming with the butter. The natural oils in the orange zest release and they infuse into the sugar, making the baked cookies taste incredible with a hint of citrus.

I took a few cookies into work for my colleagues to taste and they were well received, with one of my co-workers requesting the recipe. That’s the best feeling when you’ve made something, knowing someone has enjoyed what you’ve put your love and effort into!

This recipe makes 15 deliciously soft, gooey cookies that have perfectly crispy edges. We love ours eaten fresh from the oven, but they are amazing warmed up in the microwave and topped with vegan whipped cream or ice cream!

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Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 15
Author What Jessica Baked Next

Ingredients

  • 200 g dark or light brown sugar
  • Zest from 1 large orange
  • 112 g dairy-free baking block softened
  • 60 ml plant milk (my favourites are soya and oat)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 100 g bar vegan dark chocolate broken into pieces
  • 125 g vegan dark chocolate chips plus extra to press into the tops of each cookie

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl mix the sugar and orange zest together until the orange starts to release it's aroma. Now add the the softened plant butter to the bowl and beat until the mixture is creamy and fluffy.
  • Now add the plant milk and vanilla extract and mix to combine. The mixture might look like it's seperated at this point, but don't worry as once the dry ingredients are added the cookie dough will come together.
  • Place a sieve over the top of the mixing bowl and sift all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cornflour and salt) and mix until a dough starts to come together.
  • Stir through the chocolate chips/chunks until evenly distributed throughout the dough. Cover the bowl and leave the dough in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes – this an optional step but I find it makes rolling the cookie dough easier, you can skip this step and roll the cookie dough straight away.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Line two large baking trays with baking parchment or silicone baking mats. Divide the dough into 15 equally sized pieces. I like to weigh mine to be exact (aim for approx. 60g portions). Place the balls of cookie dough out on the baking trays and leave room between each piece of cookie dough to allow the cookies to spread - I bake my cookies in batches, and usually only bake 4 on a tray at one time.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until they’ve turned a light golden colour. Once the cookies are out of the oven press a few extra chocolate chips/chunks into the tops of each cookie if desired.
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking trays – as they cool they’ll firm up.
  • Once the cookies are cooled store them in an airtight container. The cookies will keep for up to 3 days, but like most baked goods they’re best enjoyed on the day of baking. Try warming the cookies in the microwave and serving with either whipped cream or ice cream.

Try these vegan cookie recipes next!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pret’s Dark Chocolate Almond Cookies

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Baking · Biscuits and Cookies · Cheesecake · Chocolate · No-Bake

3 Ingredient Oreo Truffles

Cookies and cream cheesecake truffles. Crushed Oreo cookies are mixed with cream cheese, rolled into balls and coated with melted chocolate. This is an easy and fun recipe everyone will enjoy getting involved in making!

Originally posted in February 2015, recipe and photographs updated October 2021.

Oreo + cheesecake + chocolate = one heavenly creation!

I first made this recipe for my blog in 2015 and now years later, I’ve updated the recipe with clearer instructions and improved photography.

This year I’ve been focussing on vegan baking and cookery, but some recipes like this one can easily be veganised with some simple ingredient swaps.

The biscuit/cookie we’re using is a Oreo. If you weren’t already aware, Oreos are 100% vegan-friendly so there’s no need to substitute. If you fancy something different to Oreos, why not try bourbon cream biscuits instead or another biscuit/cookie you enjoy.

My original recipe uses full-fat cream cheese, I’m using a tub of my go-to vegan cream cheese, which is a coconut based cream cheese alternative. I use it in my Vegan Biscoff Cheesecake and No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake recipes.

So to make this easy truffle recipe, you start by crushing the Oreos – there’s no need to remove the crème filling.

Tip the Oreo crumbs into a mixing bowl and add the cream cheese. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, mix the two ingredients together until the mixture has begun to clump/stick together.

Take a teaspoon measure and scoop pieces of the creamy Oreo mixture and roll into balls. Continue doing this until all the mixture is used up. I made 25 truffles in total, but how many you make will depend on how big or small you roll the truffles.

Place the Oreo truffles on a tray or container that’s been lined and chill for at least one hour. This allows the Oreo balls to firm up enough, so they won’t fall apart when dipping into the melted chocolate in the next step.

You can make the recipe up to this step and leave them to chill overnight, I did this and found coating the truffles easier.

To coat the truffles, take your favourite chocolate, either dark chocolate, milk or white chocolate and melt the chocolate. Dip each Oreo ball one at a time in the melted chocolate, coating the entire Oreo ball completely, shake off the excess chocolate using a fork and place the Oreo balls on a lined baking tray.

Once they’re all coated in chocolate, place the Oreo truffles back in the fridge for another 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set – at this point you can decorate further by drizzling the tops of each truffle with melted white chocolate and scatter over extra Oreo crumbs.

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3 Ingredient Oreo Truffles

Cookies and cream cheesecake truffles. Oreo cookies are crushed and mixed with cream cheese, rolled and then generously coated in melted chocolate.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 25
Author What Jessica Baked Next

Ingredients

  • 400 g Oreos (don't remove the crème filling)
  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 375 g chocolate (dark, milk or white chocolate)
  • 35 g white chocolate (optional for decoration)

Instructions

  • Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. Crush the Oreos in a food processor or in a sealed food bag until they're fine crumbs.
  • Tip the Oreo crumbs into a large mixing bowl and add the cream cheese. Stir the Oreo crumbs and cream cheese together until the mixture starts to clump/stick together.
  • Take a teaspoon of the Oreo mixture at a time and roll into a ball. Place the Oreo truffles on the lined baking tray and chill for one hour until firm. You can chill these overnight if you want to.
  • Melt the chocolate and dip each Oreo truffle one at a time in the melted chocolate, coating the truffles completely. Using a fork, carefully remove the truffles and leave and place on the lined baking tray. Pop the truffles back in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
  • This step is optional, but I like to decorate my truffles with some melted white chocolate and extra crushed Oreos. Once I've decorated the truffles, I place them back in the fridge until the chocolate drizzle has set and then serve.
  • The Oreo truffles will keep stored in the fridge in an airtight container/covered plate for up to one week.

The truffles will keep in the fridge for up to one week, but they can frozen for up to 3 months. I saved some truffles and stashed them away in the freezer ready for when a chocolate craving hits!

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Baking · Vegan

Strawberries and Cream Puff Pastry Tarts

The strawberries used in this recipe were kindly gifted by McLauchlan’s of Boxted fruit farm

The easiest five ingredient dessert! Flaky puff pastry filled with whipped vanilla cream and sweet summer strawberries.

These easy Strawberries and Cream Puff Pastry Tarts are a delicious summer dessert idea and take less than 30 minutes to prepare! I often pick up a pack of readymade (and ready rolled) puff pastry to transform into a dish or dessert of some kind.

My mum inspired me with this recipe and she’s been making these puff pastry tarts for as long as I can remember, both with sweet and savoury fillings.

Today I’m filling these puff pastry tarts with a classic British summer combo: strawberries and cream.

You can however add any fruit to these such as chopped kiwi, mango or passionfruit pulp. Another of our favourite combinations is peaches and raspberries to make a melba fruit tart.

This summer, I’m happy to be working again with my local pick your own fruit farm, Boxted Berries and share another recipe on their website using the strawberries from the fruit farm. Last year I shared these scrumptious Strawberries and Cream Shortbread Sandwiches. I kept with the same theme for this recipe as you can’t go far wrong with a classic strawberries ‘n’ cream dessert in my opinion!

Heading down to McLauchlan’s fruit farm is something I’ve done since I was very little (I will turn 25 years old this summer!) and still enjoy venturing down to get strawberries every summer if given the chance.

The best part is that you get to taste a few strawberries as you pick and decide which variety you want!

This year I’ve created a recipe that’s vegan friendly. If you didn’t know already, most brands of puff pastry you find on the supermarket shelves are vegan, but always double check the packet to make sure it’s suitable for vegans.

These tarts can be made vegan or non vegan, I only had to make one swap with regular double cream and switch that for whippable oat cream. I added some vanilla and icing sugar to mine to make a simple Chantilly whipped cream to fill the tarts. You could add a different flavouring such as lemon/orange extract or zest.

Taste your strawberries to check how sweet they are. Sometimes a little sprinkle of caster/granulated sugar is needed if the strawberries are lacking sweetness, if you do add some sugar to yours it will make the strawberries release their natural juice. I found when decorating the tarts just a dusting of icing sugar over the top added enough extra sweetness for me.

Assemble the tarts near enough just before serving. Once the cream goes into the pastry cases, the puff pastry will start to lose it’s crispness and goes softer. The separate components can be prepared ahead of time and put together when ready.

To decorate, push down the puffed pastry in the centre so you’re left with a hollowed out middle, pile the cream in and then scatter the strawberries over the top of the cream filling. Before adding the cream to the centre, you can add a spoonful of lemon curd or jam if you fancy. Also, the top can be decorated with a melted chocolate of your choice!

(Makes 8)

Ingredients:

320g sheet of ready rolled puff pastry, take out from the fridge 10 minutes before baking

250ml double cream or plant based alternative

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons icing sugar, plus extra for serving

Approx. 250-300g strawberries, washed, hulled and chopped into quarters or small pieces

Method:

  1. Start by taking the puff pastry out from the fridge and allowing it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 200°C / 180°C Fan / 400°F / Gas Mark 6.
  2. Take the puff pastry and roll it out on a work surface, take a sharp knife (or pizza wheel) and cut the pastry in half vertically down the centre, then cut each half again vertically down the centre once again. Finally, cut across the entire piece of pastry horizontally, now you will have eight rectangular pieces of puff pastry.
  3. Place each piece of pastry between two large baking trays (I put four pieces on each baking tray) and using a sharp knife, score around the edges leaving approx. a 1cm border. Bake the pastry for 15-20 minutes until well risen and a light golden colour. Once baked leave the pastry to cool down completely.
  4. Get the fillings ready by whisking the cream with the vanilla and icing sugar until soft peaks form. Cut the strawberries up and set aside at room temperature.
  5. When ready to serve, take the puff pastry case and press down the risen centre gently with your hand or the back of a spoon. Fill the centre with the whipped cream and pile the strawberries on top of the cream. Dust liberally with icing sugar and serve. The tarts best eaten straight away.

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Baking · Buttercream and Frosting · Chocolate · Cupcakes · Vegan

Vegan Biscoff Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan chocolate cupcakes with Biscoff buttercream. These decadent cupcakes are drizzled with melted cookie butter spread and decorated with crunchy speculoos.

Cupcake Day is on June 17th this year and there’s nothing like cake to bring everyone back together. Last year I created a recipe for Marble Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Buttercream to raise awareness and vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society’s annual Cupcake Day. This year I’ve got another cupcake recipe to inspire you to take part and a host your own Cupcake Day for this important charity.

We love cupcakes and any cake for that matter! I’ve added a different flavour to our favourite Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes and that new tasty addition is Biscoff.

If you’ve not tried this dreamy spread before then you’ve been missing out! It has a lovely caramelised flavour with a hint of cinnamon, ginger and other spices. Once I’ve opened a packet of biscuits I find it hard to stop eating them, one is never enough!

I’m going through a bit of a Biscoff craze lately after buying a massive 700g jar and having that in the kitchen made me want to create a new Biscoff bake for the blog. Asides from adding Biscoff to buttercream, I’ve been having it on my breakfast bowl of porridge with strawberries or spread on a couple of crumpets – two breakfast ideas I highly recommend!

The chocolate cupcakes are the same as my original recipe, but instead of chocolate buttercream I’ve made Biscoff buttercream. I use the smooth spread, but the crunchy spread can also be used.

The cupcake is fudgy, moist and rich in chocolate flavour. While the Biscoff element features just in the buttercream and decoration, once the cupcakes are cooled you can cut out the centre and fill with a spoonful of Biscoff spread. I didn’t do this, but I think it’s a great idea!

The buttercream is made like a regular buttercream, but to make sure it’s completely vegan we’re using a dairy-free baking spread, icing sugar, Biscoff spread and some plant cream/milk. It has just the right balance of creaminess and caramelised flavour.

The cupcakes can be decorated however you want. I pipe my buttercream on top of each chocolate cupcake, then drizzle melted Biscoff spread and crushed Biscoff biscuits over the top. I love how simple the decoration is and makes the finished cupcakes look so tempting.

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cupcakes:

120ml plant milk (I use soya but any plant milk will work)

1 and 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or white vinegar

200g caster/granulated or dark/light brown sugar

180g plain flour

40g cocoa powder, sifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

80ml vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

120ml plant milk + 1 teaspoon instant coffee – the milk will need to be warmed before adding the coffee

Biscoff Buttercream: 

150g dairy-free baking spread

300g icing sugar, sifted

150g crunchy or smooth Biscoff spread

2-3 tablespoons vegan cream or plant milk (optional) – add enough until the buttercream has reached your preferred consistency

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  2. To make the cupcakes: In a jug, mix together 120ml plant milk with the vinegar and leave it to one side – this makes a vegan-style buttermilk and will help the cupcakes rise when baking.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Whisk together until combined.
  4. Now to the dry ingredients add the oil, the plant milk/vinegar mixture you prepared earlier along with the vanilla extract.
  5. Heat the remaining 120ml plant milk until warm (approx. 30 seconds in the microwave will do or place on the stove top and heat until warm) and add the coffee. Stir to dissolve the coffee in the milk and then add this mixture to the other ingredients.
  6. Whisk until you have a smooth batter free of any lumps. Distribute the cupcake batter between the paper liners and bake for 18 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of one of the cupcakes. Leave the cupcakes to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
  7. To make the buttercream: In a large mixing bowl, cream the dairy-free baking spread until softened – about a minute or two should do. Now add the icing sugar in two batches, mixing well after each addition. Now continue mixing for a further 5-7 minutes until the buttercream is pale and creamy.
  8. Add the Biscoff spread and give that a quick mix. Now add the vegan cream/plant milk (if using) and mix for another 30 seconds until thoroughly combined. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with piping nozzle and decorate the cupcakes. You can spread the buttercream on each cupcake if you prefer. Decorate the cupcakes further as desired, I decorated mine with a drizzle of melted Biscoff spread and crushed Biscoff biscuits before serving.

The cupcakes will keep stored in airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Baking · Chocolate · Cookies · Vegan

Pret’s Dark Chocolate Vegan Cookies

Pret’s famous and well-loved vegan cookie filled with crunchy pieces of almond and chunks of dark chocolate!

Following on from my last blog post and recipe for these Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes, I thought I’d continue with all things chocolate and share the latest vegan cookie to come out of my kitchen since I baked these Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I’m probably a wee bit late jumping on this bandwagon, but if you didn’t know already the popular sandwich shop chain, Pret A Manger released their famous Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookie recipe last year. I’ve seen lots of fellow vegan bakers making these cookies and they always look super delicious and get me craving a chocolate cookie every time I see them.

Pret describes this cookie as a rich dark chocolate cookie, studded with melting chocolate chunks and crunchy almond pieces, enriched with almond butter and sprinkled with a little sea salt. Sounds yummy, right?

I haven’t baked many vegan cookies before, so I was apprehensive trying out this new one. I didn’t have any almond butter in so I used peanut butter instead and my cookies came out incredibly well. You can use any nut butter you have in to make these cookies and also if you don’t have flaked almonds why not try adding some chopped hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts or leave them out entirely and add even more chocolate.

Before going vegan, these Triple Chocolate Cookies were my go-to chocolate cookie to bake. I didn’t want to miss out any longer enjoying chocolate cookies, so when I first saw Pret’s vegan cookie recipe I knew instantly that I just had to give the recipe a shot.

The measurements in this recipe are pretty exact. As with all baking I really do recommend using a pair of kitchen scales to make sure everything is weighed correctly and your cookies bake perfectly.

In all honesty, I didn’t spend ages photographing these cookies because I so desperately wanted to eat them! I love how all the chocolate chunks go gooey when baked, in literally every bite of these cookies there was an explosion of dark chocolate in my mouth.

For a dark chocolate lover, these cookies are heavenly.

Thank you to Pret for sharing this scrumptious cookie recipe with the world. My plan next time I bake these is to prepare a double batch because eight cookies wasn’t enough!

(Makes 8)

Ingredients:

43g caster or granulated sugar

112g dark or light brown sugar

40g flaked almonds, lightly smashed up – you can use whole almonds chopped into small pieces or another nut of your choice

112g dark chocolate pieces – chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate will both work

205g plain flour

20g cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

4g salt

65g coconut oil

72g almond butter – I used peanut but any nut butter will work

100g golden syrup

40g water

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Line two large baking trays with silicone baking mats or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine both sugars, the almonds and chocolate. Add the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt (it’s recommend you sift the dry ingredients). Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a small bowl or jug, whisk together the coconut oil, almond butter, golden syrup and water until mixed. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and mix until a dough comes together.
  4. Divide the cookie dough into 8 equally sized portions and roll into balls. Spread the balls of cookie dough out onto the baking trays and flatten slightly with your palm.
  5. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies have flattened, the edges are crisp and the centre of each cookie is still soft. Mine took 10 minutes to bake. Allow the cookies to cool for 15 minutes on the baking trays. As the cookies cool, I like to press extra chocolate chips into the tops. The cookies will keep for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container.

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Baking · Buttercream and Frosting · Chocolate · Vegan

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan chocolate fudge cupcakes with decadent chocolate buttercream. This recipe makes a dozen delicious chocolate cupcakes that are a breeze to make and taste like they’re from a bakery!

Chocolate cupcakes that are perfect for simply any celebration or occasion, but especially great to bake in time for Easter!

These chocolate cupcakes are soft, fluffy and topped with ultra smooth and creamy chocolate buttercream. One bite of these cupcakes and no one will guess they’re vegan.

The cupcake batter takes all of just 10 minutes to prepare. Start by making a vegan ‘buttermilk’ and to do this you’ll mix plant milk with vinegar – this mixture will help the cupcakes rise as they bake. In a mixing bowl you’ll combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Next, add oil and vanilla extract to the vegan ‘buttermilk’ mixture you prepared at the start of the recipe. Add that to your dry cake mix ingredients and then add plant milk/coffee and whisk until you have a smooth batter.

As with most chocolate cupcake batters, this one is runny so I’d recommend pouring the batter into a jug or using an ice cream scoop to distribute between the paper liners.

Bake the cupcakes until risen and springy to the touch. Then leave to cool completely, but as they cool you can make the buttercream and leave it in the fridge ready to decorate the cupcakes later on.

For this vegan chocolate buttercream, I swapped the butter for vegan baking spread, the icing sugar and cocoa powder is kept the same and then to lighten buttercream I’d normally add some double cream (I prefer adding cream instead of milk) so I switched my usual double cream for oat cream.

Testing out this vegan chocolate buttercream, I would say that the oat cream/plant milk is totally optional. I prefer a super creamy buttercream so add this extra ingredient to loosen my buttercream. However, even without the vegan cream the buttercream is easy to pipe, so don’t go out of your way to get vegan cream especially as your buttercream will taste great and have a wonderful creamy texture.

I usually make chocolate buttercream with melted chocolate, but I’d seen a lot of vegan chocolate buttercream recipes called for cocoa powder, so I decided to stick with adding cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate this time. This decision did have an added benefit too as it meant I could keep my supply of dark chocolate for future bakes and to snack on when I’m in need of some chocolate!

Top the cupcakes with grated dark chocolate, vegan mini speckled chocolate eggs or your desired cake decoration. If these cupcakes appear on your table over Easter I really do hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cupcakes:

120ml plant milk (I use soya but any plant milk will work)

1 and 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or white vinegar

200g caster/granulated or dark/light brown sugar

180g plain flour

40g cocoa powder, sifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

80ml vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

120ml plant milk + 1 teaspoon instant coffee – the milk will need to be warmed before adding the coffee

Chocolate Buttercream: 

150g dairy-free baking spread

400g icing sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

30g cocoa powder, sifted

2-3 tablespoons vegan cream or plant milk (optional) – add enough until the buttercream has reached your preferred consistency

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  2. To make the cupcakes: In a jug, mix together 120ml plant milk with the vinegar and leave it to one side – this makes a vegan-style buttermilk and will help the cupcakes rise when baking.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Whisk together until combined.
  4. Now to the dry ingredients add the oil, the plant milk/vinegar mixture you prepared earlier along with the vanilla extract.
  5. Heat the remaining 120ml plant milk until warm (approx. 30 seconds in the microwave will do or place on the stove top and heat until warm) and add the coffee. Stir to dissolve the coffee in the milk and then add this mixture to the other ingredients.
  6. Whisk until you have a smooth batter free of any lumps. Distribute the cupcake batter between the paper liners and bake for 18 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of one of the cupcakes. Leave the cupcakes to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
  7. To make the buttercream: In a large mixing bowl, cream the dairy-free baking spread until softened – about a minute or two should do. Now add the icing sugar in two batches, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla and continue mixing for a further 5-7 minutes until the buttercream is pale and creamy.
  8. Add cocoa powder and the vegan cream/plant milk (if using) and mix for another 30 seconds until thoroughly combined. Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with piping nozzle and decorate the cupcakes. You can spread the buttercream on each cupcake if you prefer. Decorate the cupcakes further as desired.

The cupcakes will keep stored in airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Baking · Vegan

Vegan Scones

Classic English scones made with vegan ingredients. Made without any dairy or egg, these scones are gorgeously fluffy and will be greatly enjoyed with dairy-free whipped cream and jam.

The next vegan bake I wanted to tackle for my blog was scones. I’ve already found some great vegan bakes like this banana bread, these brownies, these cookies and these flapjacks. With every new blog post I’m adding to my vegan recipe collection and I’m really enjoying discovering loads of yummy vegan recipes. I’ve also been testing out some vegan cake recipes, one was very successful (I hope to share it soon in time for Easter) and another not so successful that I’ll need to go back and work on.

This time last year I baked these (3 Ingredient) Lemonade Scones and ever since posting they’ve become one of the most viewed recipes each day. I haven’t eaten scones in a while, but recently I’ve really wanted to bake a batch.

If you were blind taste testing these scones, you really wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the vegan version and a recipe that includes dairy ingredients.

Scones just HAVE to be served with cream and jam. For us vegans, there’s many wonderful vegan alternatives to our usual favourites. Before I went vegan, I would bake with copious amounts of double cream, but thankfully now I don’t miss out as I use an oat-based whipping cream alternative which is equally as fabulous.

You cannot even tell the difference between this non-dairy whippable cream and double cream, it’s absolutely amazing and a lovely treat piled on top of these yummy vegan scones with jam. In my recipe notes below I’ve listed the brands of vegan ingredients I used.

These are a vegan version of traditional English scones. I’ve had questions before about adding sultanas to the scone dough, I’d recommend adding about 100g of sultanas to your scone dough, you could even add the same amount of vegan chocolate chips/chunks instead of dried fruit if you fancy something different!

When serving these scones I went for raspberry jam, but you can serve the scones with any jam you like such as apricot, blackcurrant or keep it classic with a delicious strawberry jam. Another favourite jam of mine is plum jam, I have fond memories of making plum jam with my grandma and grandad a number of summers ago.

Just look at how fluffy and cake-like these vegan scones are!

As with every vegan recipe I’ve made so far, I have always been a bit worried when starting off whether they’ll be any problems with the recipe and will it taste good enough to share on the blog. I’ll never share any recipe I’m not proud of, I only want you to have fun in the kitchen and enjoy baking as much as I do.

These scones require a handful of ingredients: self-raising flour, baking powder, salt and a few tablespoons of sugar, fridge cold dairy-free baking spread and plant milk (I used soya milk). Simply sift together the dry ingredients, then using your fingertips rub the baking spread into the dry ingredients until you have a fine breadcrumb mixture. Gradually add the plant milk and very gently mix by hand until a soft dough has formed. Place the scone dough on a piece of baking parchment and press out until it’s 2cm in thickness. Leave the scone dough to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Resting the scone dough makes it’s easier when it’s time to cut the scones out the dough. Take a 6cm scone cutter and stamp out 6-8 scones and now place the scones on a large baking tray that’s been lined with a piece of parchment paper. This step is optional, but if you have the time now you’ll need to freeze the scones for 15 minutes as this ensures when the scones bake they’re uniform in shape.

Once the scones are ready to bake, all that’s left to do is to brush the tops lightly with extra soya milk. I also sprinkle the tops with a tiny bit of sugar, I used caster sugar but even some demerara sugar would add a lovely crunch to the top of each scone. This is a trick I used to do when I worked as a tearoom baker baking gluten-free scones and customers always loved it, so I’ve used that same idea here with these scones.

(Makes 6-8)

Ingredients:

350g self-raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons caster or granulated sugar

95g vegan dairy-free spread

150ml plant milk – I use soya milk

Jam and vegan whipped cream/ crème fraîche, to serve

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Give the dry ingredients a quick mix and then add the vegan spread. Using your fingertips, rub the spread into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Gradually add the milk bit by bit and mix until you have soft and smooth dough – you might need to add a dash extra milk to help bring the scone dough together.
  3. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and roll the dough out until it’s roughly 2cm in thickness. Carefully transfer the scone dough a baking tray lined with a piece of baking parchment and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up – this makes it easier to cut out the scones later on.
  4. Once the dough has chilled, remove it from the fridge and take out a 6cm cutter (fluted or plain is fine) and stamp out 6-8 scones. Place the scones onto another baking tray lined with parchment paper leaving about 2cm between each scone and place in the freezer for 15 minutes – this is optional you can bake the scones straight away if you prefer.
  5. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 220 / 200 Fan / Gas Mark. Brush the tops of the scones with extra plant milk and sprinkle with some extra sugar to a crunchy top. Bake the scones for 15-20 minutes until they’re lightly golden. Leave the scones to cool on a wire rack before enjoying with jam and vegan whipped cream.

The scones will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days, they’re best enjoyed on the day they are baked.

Recipe Notes:

  • I use Pure Vegan Baking Spread but I’d also recommend Flora Plant Butter (Salted or Unsalted) – this is a block vegan butter I’ve used in other recipes and it will be fine to use to make these scones.
  • If you like dried fruit in your scones, you can add 100g of sultanas to your scone dough or for something different try adding the same quantity of vegan chocolate chips/chunks.
  • For the vegan whipped cream, I recommend Oatly Whippable Creamy Oat – this is the best whippable dairy-free cream in my opinion compared to other brands I’ve tried.

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