Vegan Baking Basics: Cornstarch + Water Egg Substitute

If you are looking for an easy vegan egg substitute, this basic cornstarch and water egg replacement works in almost any vegan dessert!

Today is short and sweet, because cornstarch + water egg substitute is one of the most basic and easy vegan egg replacers around, but I always seem to forget about it! In light of making batch upon batch of cookies over the holiday season, I realized that a few recipes I was testing out weren’t coming out quite right, and I wasn’t sure why. I adjusted the oil, added more flour, tweaked the baking time and still, things just kept coming out really…meh. (more…)

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Vegan spice cookies with a coffee glaze, take them to your next cookie exchange or keep them all for yourself! Recipe from The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. 

Spice Cookies with Coffee Glaze- Vegan spice cookies with a coffee glaze, take them to your next cookie exchange or keep them all for yourself! Recipe from The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. Spice Cookies with Coffee Glaze- Vegan spice cookies with a coffee glaze, take them to your next cookie exchange or keep them all for yourself! Recipe from The Vanilla Bean Baking Book.

It’s been almost a couple weeks now since I’ve had a fresh recipe, ah! Between going on vacation last week to Punta Cana (yes, it was amazing and no I didn’t want to come back to the snow) and starting to battle a cold, I took a little bit of a break from recipe testing and posting. But, (more…)

Pumpkin Vegan Sticky Buns with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Fluffy and sweet vegan sticky buns flavored with pumpkin and spices, topped with a vanilla bean pecan glaze! 

Fluffy and sweet vegan sticky buns flavored with pumpkin and spices, topped with a vanilla bean pecan glaze!

I know that this is my second pumpkin recipe in a couple weeks, but trust me, these pumpkin vegan sticky buns are worth it! As part of a now annual tradition, my blogging BFF Sara organizes the #virtualpumpkinparty so a lovely group of bloggers can come together and share their finest pumpkin recipes. This year, Aimee from Twigg Studios helped organize the party too and it’s an epic roundup of pumpkin recipes! I know this recipe is a little more time intensive, between the two rise times and bake time, but like I mentioned in my pumpkin cheesecake recipe, if you’re going to make a dessert, (more…)

Ginger Maple Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ginger Maple Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Making the perfect vegan chocolate chip cookie has kind of been a thorn in my side for just about..forever. Ok  not forever because obviously pre-vegan things were a lot easier. But really, I wanted to find a recipe that was foolproof, easy to replicate and easy to double (because why wouldn’t you double cookie dough?!). I’ve gone through a lot of trials and tribulations, ending up with too puffy of a cookie (too much liquid), too runny and crunchy/hard (too much coconut oil) or either just plain gross. I can always tell right when I fold in the final ingredients if that batch of vegan chocolate chip cookies is going to be a home run or a fail, just by the texture of the dough. I’ve had a few tries where the dough didn’t even make it to the oven, because I knew the baking time and frustration when I eased the cookie sheet out of the oven, just wasn’t worth it. All of that being said, these maple ginger cookies were a total success, right from the start. I could tell as soon as I started folding in the ginger pieces and chocolate chips, these cookies were going to be the base of my favorite vegan chocolate chip cookies. Win!

Vegan chocolate chip cookies with a ginger kick and sweetened with pure maple syrup! Easy and quick to make for all your vegan baking needs.

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Vegan Chocolate Croissants

Vegan Chocolate Croissants

They are HERE. These vegan chocolate croissants have been months in the making. Between multiple trials of the recipe, testing out a few different methods and using a lot of coconut oil, this is the vegan chocolate croissant recipe you have been waiting for (at least I have). I started testing this recipe some time ago, thinking that I would totally get it up on the blog back in October. NOPE. Then, for some other unforeseen reason, I decided the week before our wedding would be a GREAT time to not only perfect this kind of difficult to test recipe, but also to try to perfect my vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe (it’s almost there!). Word of advice: Just don’t try to perfect a basic, semi-complicated recipe the week before you get married and the world is exploding with people visiting and wedding things happening all at once. Just don’t do it.

Vegan chocolate croissants made with coconut oil and no butter are the perfect chocolate filled vegan pastry! Vegan chocolate croissants made with coconut oil and no butter are the perfect chocolate filled vegan pastry!

Anyway, I ended up pushing the croissant recipe aside and re-visiting it a couple weeks ago. I knew I had a method kind of nailed down, but I wanted to make sure that the first time they turned out wasn’t a fluke. Back to Whole Foods I went, to purchase yet another massive jar of coconut oil and to search out that really good chocolate that is worthy of stuffing into the middle of a flaky pastry. The second time trying out these vegan chocolate croissants worked like a charm, so to the blog it goes! I aimed for this recipe to be made without vegan butter, since it’s not accessible for everyone and be a base recipe for vegan croissants, either plain, savory or sweet. I can’t promise that these are exactly like a French bakery or flake all over like the real deal with butter does, but I can promise that they come pretty darn close. Don’t miss the list of tips I put below, because once you’ve made this vegan chocolate croissant recipe 5 times, you pick up a few do’s and don’ts along the way. The longer recipe looks intimidating, but it’s totally worth it! Would a video be helpful for something that’s a little more complicated like this? I’m thinking next year a video should be in the works. Now, let’s make croissants!

Vegan chocolate croissants made with coconut oil and no butter are the perfect chocolate filled vegan pastry! Vegan chocolate croissants made with coconut oil and no butter are the perfect chocolate filled vegan pastry!

Tips for making vegan croissants:

  • First and foremost, don’t rush it! This is the kind of baking project that you will need to spread out over a day and just kind of enjoy, rather than looking for the easiest/fastest shortcut around. The rising and rolling seems like a lot, but really just trust me, it’s worth it!
  • I only tried this recipe with coconut oil, so I would NOT recommend using any other oil. The beauty of coconut oil is that it stays fairly solid at room temperature and can be made into a ‘package’ for folding into the dough (see recipe below) without melting all over the place.
  • Gluten free? I don’t know, but if you want to try it and tell me how it works, that would be awesome!
  • Have lots of all purpose flour on hand each time you are rolling out dough. I found that if I thought I had enough flour, put away the bin, then had to pull it back out, I ended up with flour and coconut oil everywhere. Plus, that’s just annoying.
  • When making the coconut oil package for the vegan chocolate croissant dough, use more flour than you think you need! That oil is going to start melting if you don’t and no one wants slippery counter tops and a wasted dough.
  • Don’t try to overstuff the chocolate inside the croissant! I know that the rule for chocolate is usually that more=better, but for these, if you overstuff the chocolate inside things will get melt-y and burned and it’s just all bad news.
  • Don’t forget the almond milk/agave vegan ‘egg wash’. This combo results in a perfectly browned top on your vegan chocolate croissants rather than just a pale looking pastry.
  • Last but not least, follow the recipe! This isn’t the time to improvise, trust me, I tried it.

Previously on Heart of Baker

One Year Ago: Crispy Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
Two Years Ago: Dark Chocolate Cashew Cream Vegan Truffles
Three Years Ago: Salted Whiskey Caramel Pecan Sauce

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Vegan Chocolate Croissants

  • Author: Abby Thompson
  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 108 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Austrian

Description

Vegan croissants made with coconut oil and no butter are the perfect chocolate filled vegan pastry!


Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons warm water (not hot!)
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup coconut oil (solid at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, warm water, and pinch of sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, combine the yeast mixture (the one you combined and set aside), salt, sugar, melted coconut oil, and almond milk on medium. Gradually add in the all purpose flour and beat on medium until a dough starts to form. If dough is really sticky, add 1/4-1/3 cup more of flour. Remove from bowl onto a well floured surface.
  3. Roll the dough into a rectangle that is 1/2 inch thick (it will be about 12 inches by 10 inches or so). Transfer to a small cookie sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. After the dough has chilled, we are ready to add the coconut oil package. This makes the dough form the layers and get very tender and flaky. Take the cup of coconut oil and knead in the 1/3 cup of all purpose flour. Form the coconut oil and flour into a small rectangle that is about 6 inches by 4 inches. I had to just use my hands to do this, especially if it’s a warmer day or your kitchen is fairly warm.
  5. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator and roll out into a rectangle that is 13 inches by 9 inches. Place the coconut oil rectangle into the bottom half of the rolled out dough. Fold the upper half down over the lower half and press the edges together. With the folded side to your left, roll out the dough into a 10 by 24 inch rectangle. Fold the bottom third up and the top third down, as if you were folding a letter. Repeat this rolling (into a 10 by 24 inch rectangle) and folding 3 more times. If the dough gets too warm or the coconut oil starts to melt, chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes and start to work with the dough again. After you have rolled out and folded 3 more times, form the croissants for baking.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  7. To form the croissants, roll out the pastry dough into a 12 by 16 inch rectangle. Cut into 3 equal lengthwise strips and then cut each strip into 4 squares, for a total of 12 squares. Take each square and slightly stretch it out with your hands (just a bit), place 8-10 chocolate chips in the center of the square, then fold the bottom third up and the top down so it overlaps. Pinch the dough together to seal. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat until all squares of pastry have been used. Lightly whisk together the 1/4 cup almond milk and agave nectar and brush the tops of each croissant with the mixture. This will give it that perfect golden brown color.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.