recipe: vegan pumpkin pie tarts

It’s almost Halloween!!

Full disclaimer- this recipe takes awhile to prepare. It is my promise though, that it is so worth it! Having fresh ingredients always makes a huge difference. As always, you don’t have to make this dairy-free. Simply substitute vegan butter and almond milk for those with lactose.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Tarts

Makes 24

Ingredients:

(For the tart crust)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup vegan butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup cold water

(For the filling)
2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, mashed
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Steps:

1. To begin, start with a large pie pumpkin. Cut it in half lengthwise, scooping out the seeds and stringy bits. Using a large spoon, remove the inside flesh. Then place it in a food processor or blender, and blend until it becomes a smooth paste. (This took me upwards of 20 minutes in a blender. Be sure not to add water! It will get there eventually.)

2. Prepare the tart crust. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease the muffin trays and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and butter. Mix well at first, then knead by hand in the bowl. Slowly add the water, ensuring that it is well-combined before adding more. In the end the dough should be somewhat sticky but mostly crumbly. 

3. Transfer dough to a floured surface. Continue to knead until it is ready to be rolled out, cut into 24 circles, and place in the muffin cups. Once you have completed those steps, it is time to fill them.

4. Prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, almond milk, eggs, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and ginger. Beat over medium speed for 2 minutes, ensuring that it is completely combined. Then scoop the filling into each tart, filling no more than 3/4 full. Place the tarts in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until filling has firmed up and tart shells have turned golden brown. Remove, let cool, and top with your favourite dairy-free (or not) whipped cream or ice cream! Or, just eat them as is.

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recipe: apple pear cake

Just in time for the fall months and Halloween, this cake is the perfect dessert for such an occasion. It’s not overly sweet, and is just warm, filling, and spicy. Try it for yourself!

Apple Pear Cake

Ingredients:

(For the cake)
1 cup apples, peeled and sliced
1 cup pears, peeled and sliced
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup butter, plus more to grease
4 large eggs
3 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp cinnamon

(For the topping)
1 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp milk (or until desired consistency)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two round cake pans. Peel, cork, and slice the apples and pears. Set aside. 

2. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, butter eggs, vanilla, and lemon over medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the dry ingredients next- the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add the milk and oil. Continue to mix until well-combined.

3. Pour batter into cake pans. Top one of the cakes with the apples and pears. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake in oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove, let cool completely.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the icing. Once cool, remove the cakes from their pans. Stack the cake with the layer of fruit on the bottom, and the non-fruit cake on top. Ice the top layer of the cake and sprinkle with nuts. Finally, enjoy this sweet, moist, and comforting fall cake.

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happy (belated) halloween

Happy Halloween, ghosts and ghouls!

Even though it looked and felt different this year, I hope that everyone was still able to fully enjoy this spooky holiday!!

Tell me what you did below!

Emory

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recipe: haunted halloween brownies

Makes 18 squares

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups water, boiling
3/4 cup oil (I used canola)
4 tbsp butter, more to grease
2 1/2 cups icing sugar
8 tbsp milk
18 marshmallows
36 chocolate chips

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients. Mix well. Next add 1 tsp of vanilla, boiling water, and oil. Stir or beat until well-combined.

2. Grease an oblong baking dish. Pour the brownie mixture evenly into it. Put in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes.

3. While the brownies are cooling, prepare the icing. Follow the directions listed on the icing sugar, making sure to use approximately 2 1/2 cups. You will also want to make sure that the icing is a little on the runnier side, as it needs to be poured onto the brownie. (If it’s too thick, you won’t see the marshmallow ghost.)

4. Top each brownie with one marshmallow. Pour the icing over the marshmallow and onto the brownie. Then give each one two chocolate chip eyes. Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy your boo-tiful brownies!

Emory

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happy halloween

Happy Halloween (well, in three days)!

How will you be celebrating it this year? Remy will have a Halloween party at her preschool on Tuesday, and on Thursday I will take her and Wilder trick or treating at the mall. We absolutely love this time of year!

My little family is going as “Peppa’s Giant Pumpkin.” I think that I’m converted to themed costumes now. All the heart eyes for these two.

Be safe and have fun!

Emory

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to four (two on earth, one in heaven, and growing another). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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