Vegan Tahini Truffles for Lent

Share this…PrintPinterestemailFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinTruffles for Lent? Yes, because as my blaspheming husband recently said, “I’m not Jesus.”  That comment shocked me initially until I realized he was verbalizing in a crude way what many of us feel during this time — we are weak and sometimes need chocolate.  Ok, I feel like that almost every day and…

Vegan Chocolate Orange Marble Cake with Ganache and Candied Orange Peel for Lent

Share this…PrintPinterestemailFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinAs you may already know I am Coptic Orthodox — an Orthodox Christian from Egypt.  We have one of the more rigorous traditions of fasting especially during Lent.  We adopt a vegan diet during Lent and centuries of this tradition have led to a sort of uber-specialization of vegan recipes among Copts. Now whether…

Cookbook Giveaway and a Vegan Chocolate Orange Cake

Share this…PrintPinterestemailFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinIt is Advent and Coptic Christians, of whom I am a poor example of late, are fasting for 43 days leading up to the Nativity feast on January 7th (per the Gregorian calendar).  During the fast of the Holy Nativity we should abstain from dairy and meat.  Thus vegan cakes are abundant. What I…

Updated Recipe and Technique for Dios Beigli

Share this…PrintPinterestemailFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinThe first time I can remember having this traditional Hungarian pastry was when my husband’s cousin, Judith, sent us a loaf for our first Christmas  as a married couple.  I knew right away that I must have had something like this before because it is one of those classic combinations of syrupy walnuts and…

Rough Puff Pastry Part Trois: How to Assemble a Banana Tarte Tatin

Share this…PrintPinterestemailFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinThis post is the third part in a series about rough puff pastry highlighting the versatility of this marvelous pastry dough.  You can make a large quantity of puff pastry and keep it in your fridge for about one week (or the freezer for two months) and pull out small quantities at a time…