Almond Flour Marzipan
FRAN COSTIGAN | Queen of Vegan Desserts
by Fran Costigan
1M ago
Almond paste and Marzipan are frequently used interchangeably, and while the main ingredient is almond, there are differences. Almond Paste, which is considered a baking ingredient, usually has a coarser texture and is softer than Marzipan, so it can be spread or used as a filing. Marzipan is stiff and used to make confections.   The following recipe is a straight adaptation from King Arthurs Baking DIY Almond Paste. Mine replaces the egg white with aquafaba and is made stiff enough to shape. So let’s say it is Marzipan. Use more almond flour if your paste isn’t thick enough and add ¼ ts ..read more
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Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies Made with Vegan Butter
FRAN COSTIGAN | Queen of Vegan Desserts
by Fran Costigan
1y ago
Swapping vegan butter for coconut oil made an excellent cookie even better. Would swapping vegan butter make a fabulous chocolate cookie even better?  It’s been a long time since I made the Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies, aka “Marty’s eat every day forever cookies” from my Vegan Chocolate cookbook. I hadn’t  planned to bake cookies this morning. But, a  friend texted a question about the Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies. “Could another oil be used in stead of the coconut oil?”  At first, I thought sure. Then. when I looked at the recipe, I saw the coconut oil in the recipe wa ..read more
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Hannukah Latkes
FRAN COSTIGAN | Queen of Vegan Desserts
by Fran Costigan
1y ago
If you make Hannukah Latkes, you know it’s time to get started now. While technically, it’s still Thanksgiving weekend,  the Festival of Lights begins at sundown.  Well, as I am vegan, I make my Hanukkah Latkes vegan. If you want to do that too, for any and all reasons, you’ll find out how in this blog. And, you might even be thinking about the tradition of eating the fried jelly-filed donuts. These are known as Sufganiyot. I’ve added a link to my baked donuts in this blog as well. Traditionally, Hannukah Latkes (grated potato pancakes) are fried in quantities of oil, as are the jel ..read more
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Dreena’s Nanaimo Bars – Dreena’s Kind Kitchen (Giveaway)
FRAN COSTIGAN | Queen of Vegan Desserts
by Fran Costigan
1y ago
From veteran cookbook author Dreena Burton comes Dreena’s Kind Kitchen, a collection of 100 dependable and delicious plant-based recipes that everyone will love. Including this incredible-looking recipe for Dreena’s Nanaimo Bars. Affiliate links from this website generate a small amount of income on qualifying items and help to support this site. While I haven’t met Canada-based cookbook author, Dreena Burton in person yet, I feel as if I know her personally through her social media posts and her wonderful cookbooks. With Dreena’s cookbooks, you will feel that she is in the kitchen alongside ..read more
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Rouxbe Culinary Courses Summer Flash Sale
FRAN COSTIGAN | Queen of Vegan Desserts
by Fran Costigan
1y ago
A Summer Flash Sale on Rouxbe Courses runs now through June 30th.All courses are 30% off and no code is necessary. Essential Vegan Desserts Essential Vegan Desserts is an online culinary course co-created by Chef Fran Costigan and the Rouxbe team. This unique 90-day course focuses on essential foundational techniques plus recipes, so you can create quality vegan desserts with confidence. The course starts with an explanation of key equipment, ingredient selection and function, and foundational techniques for creating desserts without the use of eggs and dairy. As you ..read more
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Orange Dreamsicle Bars from Super Vegan Scoops by Hannah Kaminsky
FRAN COSTIGAN | Queen of Vegan Desserts
by Fran Costigan
1y ago
Summer is just around the corner, and one of my favorite summer treats is ice cream. There isn’t much that’s more refreshing than a creamy treat on a hot day, and the flavors of this Orange Dreamsicle Ice Cream Bar take me back to the carefree summer days of my childhood. Affiliate links from this website generate a small amount of income on qualifying items and help to support this site. Hannah Kaminsky has done it again. The author of 7 books has written number 8, and it is unsurprisingly another beauty. Just in time for summer, Super Vegan Scoops, which launches June 1, 2021, will have eve ..read more
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Dessert Matzah Two Ways
FRAN COSTIGAN | Queen of Vegan Desserts
by Fran Costigan
2y ago
Dessert Matzah is layered with pastry cream and chocolate ganache for a lovely Passover treat.  For those who celebrate Passover, the most recognizable of the symbolic foods is Matzah, or Matzo, the unleavened bread that the Jewish people gathered as they fled Egypt thousands of years ago. The struggle for the attainment of freedom is central to the Passover story and certainly in the present time when freedom for all is still not a given human right. Growing up, there was Matzoh, made of wheat. Period. Today’s market shelves hold wheat, spelt (labeled ancient grain), whole wheat and gl ..read more
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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Tofu Pudding
FRAN COSTIGAN | Queen of Vegan Desserts
by Fran Costigan
2y ago
I’m crazy for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and recently, seeing a box of firm tofu, I made a pudding version that is easy, healthy and delicious. It may seem too good to be true but it is true.  Don’t fear the tofu. Here, water-packed firm tofu does the work of adding creamy body to this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Tofu pudding, but you’ll never know it is there. Affiliate links from this website generate a small amount of income on qualifying items and help to support this site. Dessert PartyUsing Tofu in Vegan Desserts When I left the traditional pastry world nearly 30 years ago (y ..read more
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Vegan Eggnog
FRAN COSTIGAN | Queen of Vegan Desserts
by Fran Costigan
2y ago
Move over dairy Eggnog, Vegan Eggnog is easy to make, better for you, and DELISH! Original eggnog, or milk punch as it was called, is a very rich and thick dairy-based, rather highly sweetened beverage.  It’s made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks and is often topped with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. Eggnog is traditional during the Christmas season. It is often served cold from a punch bowl. Less frequently, it is served warm– think thick milky mulled wine. Eggnog is not a beverage I’d tasted as a kid, but as a young adult, I noticed it being served in glass mu ..read more
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2020 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide
FRAN COSTIGAN | Queen of Vegan Desserts
by Fran Costigan
2y ago
December is here and as different as this holiday season is, it’s still time for my annual vegan holiday gift guide. Before I get to gift suggestions, some of which have discount codes, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone well. May this holiday season and 2021 find you healthy, happy, and safe and able to be together in real life. My vegan holiday gift guide is vegan-specific but is definitely suitable for everyone. I’ve included links to make it easier for you to check out the items. Remember, too, that DIY gifts, from edible ones to promises of virtual help and online get-t ..read more
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