Vegan since 1975, I decide to answer the question, "What DO you eat?" These posts tell about some meals and recipes my family and I have enjoyed over the years.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chocolate Pudding, Tofu Whipped Cream and Vanilla Extract

I mentioned before that I would tell you how to make a CHOCOLATE PUDDING with the soymilk that may be languishing in the refrigerator. Tonight was the night.

In a sturdy pot, add one third cup of cocoa powder, one half cup of organic sugar, a quarter teaspoon salt, and a quarter cup of organic cornstarch.
Whisk in three cups soymilk and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for ten minutes. Whisk occasionally while heating.

Add one and a half teaspoon of vanilla.
Pour into eight glass pudding cups—or just in a bowl to scoop out of, eventually.
Top with Soyatoo whipped topping right before serving. It tends to collapse, so don't let it sit. Or whip up some tofu whipped cream.
TOFU WHIPPED CREAM is easy enough to make. Just blend up one Morinu silken tofu, along with a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a teaspoon of vanilla and of lemon juice, and a tablespoon of maple syrup or organic sugar. Spoon it on top of the pudding or on top of a chocolate cream pie. If you are making the pie, increase the cornstarch of the pudding to a third of a cup.
Also, did I mention how to make VANILLA EXTRACT? It's so easy. First you have to buy about four ounces of vanilla beans, which you should be able to find on line.

They are long and skinny dark brown pods, sticky and redolent with exotic essence. Chop them up or slit them down their length. Either way should work.

Dump them into about a liter or quart of vodka in a big jar.

Place in a dark cupboard for two months, inverting the jar from time to time. At the end of this time you can add water and vegetable glycerin, if you'd like, to extend the amount you've made, or just use it straight. This should last you a good long while, or you could share some around the holidays. This recipe should cut the cost of vanilla extract in half.

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