Friends had a housewarming. And we catered. I only had time to snap some quick iPhone pictures of the sweet stuff, but it looked good! Also, it does give me a chance to review some cookbooks. I used to make the Deluxe Cocoa Brownies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, with extra chocolate chips, but then I tried the Very Fudgy Chocolate Chip Brownies from Fran Costigan’s Vegan Chocolate. They are wonderful, especially if you top them with caramelized walnuts or hazelnuts. It’s a question of wanting a cake-mix-box-type brownie, or something that is mostly melted chocolate with added sugar. Right now I am very into the latter, it’s especially good when you eat it out of the oven, still hot and therefore pudding-consistency. One of the things I hope to master in the near future is tempering chocolate, so maybe we’ll see more of that.

Picture of two baskets with baked goods, one with berry cheesecake topped with pomegranate seeds, one with brownies topped with three caramelised hazelnuts each.

The other cake is actually a different version of the Blueberry Bliss Cheesecake from Vegan Pie in the Sky. When I say different version I mean I kept the whole tofu-banana-base, but went a bit nuts with the berries. Also with the topping. And the leftover pomegranate was too beautiful not to put on top. The cheesecakes from Vegan Pie are perhaps my favorite ever, although there’s a raw strawberry cheesecake, one of the very first raw cakes I ever made, that has a special place in my heart as well. The Raspberry Lime Rickey Cheesecake is actually more my thing than the blueberry one, but the blueberry is easier to adapt to whatever fruit is in your garden or freezer. To come to a conclusion on this topic: Vegan Chocolate is an excellent book and I’d recommend it to anyone who’d like to get into fancy desserts. Or who’d like to get someone else into bed. Just speaking for myself: chocolate is a very good place to start. Vegan food in general, but the partner who’ll bake me Bittersweet Chocolate and Lemon Tartlets is a partner I am keeping. Ok, that’s nonsense, the partner that’s respectful and right for me is the one I am keeping, but I would not say no to tartlets and chocolate ice cream to go with that…