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Chocolate Pecan Stollen

December 15, 2015
Chocolate Pecan StollenIngredients

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Traditional Mince Pies

December 15, 2015

Mincemeat Pastries“Vegan”, “Allergies”, “Christmas” “Tradition”. These four words would, could and do put fear into the hearts of many a baker, as it did for me almost 10 years ago when we, as a family, made compassionate changes to our diet. Couple that with my daughter’s food allergies I felt like I had an uphill battle on my hands. The look of sheer horror on my children’s faces when they thought they may not have the usual goodies at Christmas time made me determined not to let them down. So learn I did and I still am; lots of trial and error; tons of research; and now one very happy, spoilt, vegan family! The traditional tin of Quality Street has been replaced by homemade vegan truffles; the Clotted Cornish Cream on my mince pies has been replaced by whipped coconut cream. So the point to my ramblings is traditional Christmas Fare can be had by all. No one need miss out. It does require a little more effort – but well worth it in the end.

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Yule LogThere was a time when the Yule Log or Buche de Noel was ever present at many a festive gathering. Sadly it appears to have fallen out of favour a little in recent years but should be there right next to a Gingerbread House and a steaming mug of mulled wine. It takes a little bit of patience but definitely worth it. This cake is traditionally made with eggs and dairy but we’ve adapted this recipe for those who want or need to avoid these ingredients. Enjoy! ~J

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1/2 tsp vanilla powder, or seeds from 1 vanilla pod)
  • 3/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • 1 Anita’s Organic Chocolate Cake Mix

Filling

  • 2 cans organic coconut milk (good quality – full fat), refrigerated for at least 24 hours beforehand (Native Forest is best)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp extract)

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy shortening
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy butter
  • 2 1/2 cups Anita’s Organic Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Anita’s Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp extract)
  • 2 to 4 tbsp non-dairy milk

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Ingrid’s Danish Fluff

December 3, 2015

Danish FluffWe don’t know about you but dessert is sometimes the most important course of any dinner – especially this time of year. So this month we have two options for you. The first is a traditional dessert in Ingrid’s house but its origins are not entirely clear. Passed down from a family friend in the early 70’s it became a firm favourite at Christmas time. Enjoy! ~Ingrid

Ingredients (Makes two 12 x 3 inch pieces)

First Layer

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp water

Second Layer

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Frosting Layer

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

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Raisin Fennel BreadChris and Nick from Magpie’s Bakery are a little like Santa’s helpers. You don’t often see them but they do exist! They toil away all year producing delicious artisanal sour dough breads for our delectation. Here they are sharing with us a delicious Raisin & Fennel Loaf. You’ll need a scale and a little time but it is so worth the wait. Thanks guys for sharing!

Ingredients (Recipe makes 4 x 500g loaves)

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Root Veggie Mash

December 3, 2015

Root Veggie MashRoot mash always has a special place at our family gatherings and the flavours and vegetable used will vary. It has very simple flavours but is very homey and comforting. In this one I have used butternut squash, carrots and rutabaga (or swede as it’s known across the pond). You can use any root vegetable you like – turnips, parsnips, sweet potatoes – the possibilities are endless. We like to take advantage of the super fresh vegetables here at The Local Harvest so stop by and see what you can have on your festive table this year. Enjoy ~ J

Ingredients
  • 2 cups rutabaga, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups butternut squash, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 tbsp butter or non-dairy alternative
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast or finely grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped finely

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Parmesan Lemon Smashed PotatoesA delicious and bright potato side dish recipe, these would make a great accompaniment to your holiday dinner table. Enjoy! ~ Deb

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs of nugget potatoes
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup melted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Caramelised Onion TartDo you have vegans or vegetarians coming for dinner over the festive holidays? This delicious Caramelized Red Onion Tart is a winner every time. You can make the filling ahead of time and keep in the fridge for a few days. If you have any leftover it can also be used as red onion jam. Enjoy! ~J

Ingredients

Crust (food processor crust)

Filling

  • 6 to 8 medium to large red onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Curly Kale Porchetta

December 3, 2015

Curly Kale PorchettaIf you are looking for something a little different for your festive gathering this traditional Italian dish takes pride of place on many a holiday table. A beautiful pork loin or belly stuffed with flavourful sausage meat is certainly a must try kind of dish. Enjoy! ~ Mike

Ingredients
  • 1 pork belly or 1/2 pork loin
  • 2 lb ground pork
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs

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Pumpkin Garlic Knots

These delicious bread morsels are a great addition to any meal. Buttery, garlicky knots made from our Classic Sandwich Bread Mix. A little bit of patience is required but the results are worth it. Maybe get the little ones involved – it’s fun to learn how to tie knots!

Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
  • 1 package Anita’s Organic Classic Sandwich Bread Mix
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp butter/non-dairy alternative
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

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