Friday, December 22, 2006

Brazil Nut "Cheese" and GF Snickerdoodles

I've got one more recipe to bake up this afternoon when I get home from work, but I decided to hop on and post quickly at lunch. (Just in case I don't have time later.)

Tonight my family is having a Chanukah party and I'm bringing a couple of items. Last night I followed an interesting recipe I saw in Vegetarian Times for Brazil Nut Cheese.

It is very simple. Soak Brazil nuts in water overnight and then food process with salt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and water. After that roll it into a ball and squeeze out extra moisture. Then roll it in fresh herbs and bake it in the oven. Serve it drizzled with olive oil.

I'd give this recipe 9.5 stars out of 10. It is a tiny bit salty for my taste, so next time I will cut down the salt and likely it will be 10! The picture really doesn't do it justice. I sliced it open so you could see the center.

This is the kind of thing I've missed a bit as a vegan. Spread this on a veggie sandwich and you have one heck of a lunch!

One of the people attending the party tonight has Celiac, so I wanted to be accommodating. I know what it is like when I go to party and can't eat anything. I'd decided on Snickerdoodles, but now I had to veganize and make the recipe gluten free.

The recipe I used was from First, I replaced the eggs with Ener-G egg replacer which is gluten free.  Then I replaced the flour with a gluten free mix. Everything else stayed the same.

The first batch of cookies was too soft after 8 minutes, so I put them back in for 2 extra minutes. Later, I learned that the cookies need to rest for a few minutes before removing them from the sheet. S0... If you like crunchy cookies, cook for 10-11 min. For softer ones cook for 8-9. Wait before moving them from the cooking sheet.

I hope you all enjoy the holidays!


Valerie said...

I saw the Brazil Nut Cheese recipe in Vegetarian Times and was thinking about trying it. Seeing your rating, I will definitely have to make it.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I had cashew cheez in a sandwich today and was hoping to find a recipe this afternoon to make my own - and there you are~ Do you think it would work well with cashews? I'll look for brazil nuts anyway..

Seasons' Greetings~

Anonymous said...

That brazil nut cheese sounds delicious. Glad to see you're back posting!


Carrie™ said...

Brazil nut cheese! How interesting. And it gets 9.5 out of 10 stars. I have a subscription to VegTimes. How did I miss this? I'll have to look it up.
It was very nice of you to make cookies for someone on a special diet. Yes, I also know what it's like to be invited to a function and have to eat carrot sticks and bread. I'm always very grateful if someone thinks of my diet.
A very Happy New Year to you!

urban vegan said...

I'm going to have to try this. Brazil nuts are so insanely good for you.

funwithyourfood said...

brazil nuts are my favorite. that sounds like a good thing to try


Anonymous said...

Looks good!

i wiah you the best in this new year! thanks for everything :)