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twinkle
Feb 9th, 2007, 07:19 PM
I just adapted a recipe from Family Circle - Biscuits and Slices (step-by-step)

They came out fluffy and floaty-light, I was really pleased! This is the first in a series of attempts to actually use my rather large collection of recipe books for the New Year :)

Ingredients:
* 80g marge - I used Biona organic non-hydrogenated vegetable margarine (unsalted), as the recipe called for unsalted butter
* 1/2 cup caster sugar
* 1 cup white self-raising flour
* 2 tsp vanilla essence
* 4 tbs Alpro vanilla custard
* 1/3 cup corn flour
(the recipe specifed custard powder instead of corn flour and only 1/3 cup sugar, and less vanilla, plus 2tbs milk...if you can't get vegan ready made custard, you could try that instead)
* approx 2-3tbs jam/preserves (I used raspberry) for the topping

Method:

preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment.

1. Use electric beaters to combine the marge and sugar until they're fluffy, in a small mixing bowl. Add the vanilla essence and custard, and whisk in with the beaters.
2. Sift in the flour and cornflour, fold in with a spoon/spatula to form a soft dough. Roll about 2 teaspoons worth of mix lightly in hands to create balls. Place on prepared tray, leaving a gap of 2-3cm between them because they do spread a little.
3. make a little hole in the top of each ball with the round ended handle of a wooden spoon or similar (or I guess you could use your little finger) - it should go about halfway down. Put about 1/4-1/3 teaspoon of jam into the indentation.
4. cook for 13-15 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool.


I hope these turn out as well for whoever makes them as they did for me - mine were like clouds! :) (clouds tasting of custard and covered with jam, that is :D )

cedarblue
Feb 9th, 2007, 08:42 PM
mmmmm... these sound floaty light!!

looks like a good replacement for the viennese fancies that i am waiting to be veganised.

i'm going to have a go at these over the weekend - might take a photo if they look good.

thanks twinkle :)

aubergine
Feb 9th, 2007, 08:44 PM
They sound great. Did you take a photo of them?

twinkle
Feb 9th, 2007, 08:45 PM
Not yet - I need to charge up some batteries for the camera :)

cedarblue
Feb 9th, 2007, 08:48 PM
did you use the recipe as you quoted? using the alpro custard? or did you use the ingredients you mentioned in the brackets??

twinkle
Feb 9th, 2007, 10:19 PM
I used the Alpro custard method, as I couldn't find custard powder when I last went shopping and had to get cornflour instead (custard powder is just cornflour with sugar and flavouring, right? :) )

The bracketed stuff is from the original recipe. I could post that properly if people want to try that method instead?

Poison Ivy
Feb 11th, 2007, 04:32 PM
Ahh, made the custard flavoured jam drops today...they are delicious!!:)

Here's how they turned out (the other half were still cooling at this point!)

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f158/rubysoho73/Picture001.jpg

twinkle
Feb 11th, 2007, 04:55 PM
Woohoo! I'm glad they worked well for you :)

Those are more photogenic than my ones (I wasn't careful enough with the jam) :D

Gorilla
Feb 11th, 2007, 05:56 PM
these sound yummy, and i like your containers PI! :o

Poison Ivy
Feb 11th, 2007, 06:35 PM
Twinkle - I'm not normally careful with jam, there's usually more bubbles over onto the tray than is left in the tart/biscuit!!:D

Gorilla - Thank you...I have to say I love them...probably a bit more than is appropriate for inanimate kitchen containers but hey, I'm not proud!!:o :D

cedarblue
Feb 11th, 2007, 07:11 PM
WOW ivy, you beat me to making them, couldn't find the vegan custard yesterday - tomorrow i try harder!

they look yummy :)

xwitchymagicx
Feb 14th, 2007, 10:39 AM
Yum, and the picture looks great too!

*copies recipe into "recipes to be printed" folder*

cedarblue
Apr 13th, 2007, 06:22 PM
mmm i made these today, very yummy, but didnt look as nice as above LOL.
more rock cake shaped and the jam oozed out but still nice :)