Monday, July 26, 2010

Poundless Poundcake

You'll never guess how many times we get the question ,"What do vegetarians eat?" Here's our answer: Salad. Ha! We're joking, of course!

While we do eat our fair share of salads, we also eat plenty of other stuff, as you have probably learned through viewing our other recipes. We also get to eat delicious treats without modifying them at all.

However, when we decided to go a step further and start incorporating some vegan entrees and desserts into our diets, we were pleasantly surprised!. Yeah, we knew that most health care professionals tell you that cutting down on animal products will result in better health. But still, even some part of us had a preconceived notion that being vegan meant boring. Thank goodness we were so wrong!

We love the traditional pound cake topped with whatever fresh berries are in season, but we dislike the heavy, icky feeling we get right after eating it. So, we've created this 'Poundless Cake' with taste and health in mind. This recipe proves just how simple and delicious a vegan dessert can be, so go ahead and indulge a bit! Remember though, even though this pound cake was created without animal fats, it is still dessert!

What You’ll Need:

1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
6 ounces firm tofu (blending or processing first assures no lumps)
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 5 x 9" loaf pan. Cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in tofu until well combined. Add 1 cup flour and, with mixer on low, mix just until incorporated. Add water and extracts and do the same. End with remaining cup of flour and baking powder. Increase speed to medium and beat for 1-2 minutes. Spoon mixture into pan and lightly smooth the top. Place on the center rack of the oven and bake for 55 minutes.

Top with our cashew cream, or (vice cream) and fresh berries or whipped cream and fresh berries. YUM!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting... I may have to try this on my mom-in-law... she makes "Polish pound cake" which is a pound of butter, a pound of flour, a dozen eggs, a pound or sugar. blech. makes me sick thinking about it. :)