Sunday, 23 October 2011
Vegan MoFo - Cookbook Challenge: The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet (pt 1)
Today starts week...something (I can't be bothered to check) of the Cookbook Challenge. This week's book is The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet by Joni-Marie Newman. I've chosen a lot from this book, but I'm already pretty sure I won't be able to get through it. We'll see - I've also started testing for Terry's new book, so I might not have time for everything. I actually made a tester recipe today, but it's one of those "tastes better the next day" deals so I'll reserve judgment until tomorrow.
I started off with the Bacon and Egg Burgers and the Bagel Buns.
The burgers were kinda meh. They were a little flavourless, which is odd considering how much stuff goes into them - garlic powder, onion powder, bacon bits. I'm hoping that the flavours will develop overnight and they'll taste better tomorrow.
I also made the Espresso Chocolate Chip Cake. I didn't take a picture because it kinda fell apart and didn't look great. But it tasted amazing! It's very chocolaty - I barely detected the coffee, despite it having as much espresso powder as cocoa powder and 1/4 c of coffee liqueur. I honestly wasn't sure about it when I tasted the batter, but it really works. It's fluffy and moist and slightly gooey from the chocolate chips. It's kinda everything I want in an unadorned chocolate cake. OK, I'd be happy if it did the same thing with half the fat, but what can you do? Oh, word to the wise - eat this with a glass of your non-dairy milk of choice at hand, because you'll need it. In fact, maybe keep the carton out.
I'm feeling better about this book than the last, especially with a success right out of the gate. Hopefully today's burgers were a fluke and everything else will be comparable to the cake and buns.
Are you participating in the cookbook challenge? What are you planning from this one?