Caramel Apples! Caramel Apples!
Published on September 13, 2010 by admin · 11 Comments
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feeling the first whispers of Fall? That can only mean Halloween costumes, a certain GGA Founder’s Birthday, and fabulous boots… oh, and of course Vegan Caramel Apples! Allison Rivers Samson of Allison’s Gourmet, an organic, vegan bakery & confectionery boutique (yep, you can order online!) spills her recipe just in time for a serious craving.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the elaborate Halloween Parties my mom used to plan for me. As an adult, I’ve moved from bobbing for apples to making delicious Caramel Apples using our Vegan Vanilla Caramels. Of course, you can dip anything you want in this luscious sauce, but Caramel Apples are an especially fun and sticky way to celebrate fall and would be a welcome addition to your own Halloween party.
My favorite apples to bathe in gooey caramel are the illustrious Honeycrisp Apples from Washington State. If you’re not lucky enough to find these, crisp Fuji apples will do just fine.
What to use . . .
6 crisp apples, washed and dried
9 ounces individually wrapped vegan caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons coconut milk
. . . and How
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Remove the stem from each apple and firmly press a popsicle stick into each top. Place apples bottom side down onto the lined baking sheet.
3. Heat a heavy saucepan over low. Add caramels and coconut milk. Stir regularly. Once the caramels have completely melted, allow to cool for 3 minutes. Then, holding the popsicle stick, roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place apples bottom side down onto the prepared sheet pan to set.
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Admit it: we had you at "grilled," didn't we? Caramelized onions and tangy sauerkraut star in this full-flavored, deliciously compassionate take on the traditional Reuben sandwich. Add Thousand Island, avocados, and caraway seeds, and your taste buds will be over the moon with delight.
Grilled Tempeh Reuben Sandwiches
3 tablespoons sunflower oil, divided
8 ounces tempeh, sliced into 8 large, 1/8-inch thick sheets
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
3/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
3/4 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon tamari
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup water
8 slices light rye bread
2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine
Thousand Island Dressing (see recipe)
1 cup sauerkraut, drained
2 avocados, mashed
1. In a large saute pan over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons sunflower oil and tempeh, browning tempeh on each side, Remove tempeh from the pan and set aside.
2. Add remaining oil and onion. Brown for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return tempeh to the pan and stir in garlic, bay leaves, paprika, caraway, dill, salt, vinegar, tamari, and black pepper. Add water and simmer for 30 minutes or until the water has evaporated and tempeh is infused with flavor and coated with a glaze. Remove bay leaves.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.Spread two slices of bread with margarine.Grill for 3 minutes, until browned on one side only. Repeat for the remaining slices of bread and set aside.
4. Between the ungrilled sides of two pieces of toast, layer Thousand Island Dressing, sauerkraut, 2 pieces of tempeh, onions, and avocado. Repeat with remaining ingredients.Serve with a crisp, fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing and a Hefeweizen beer.
Thousand Island Dressing
1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons dill pickles, chopped
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
Allison Rivers Samson is the owner of www.allisonsgourmet.com, an award-winning artisan bakery and confectionery boutique, dedicated to offering the best organic, vegan sweets on the […]
- Oh Fudge, You Stole My Heart We are in LOVE with this company and had to share ASAP, especially with Valentine's Day hot on our kitten heels !
Honestly, if you ever send someone flowers again when you can send them a Brownie or Fudge of the Month Club, you are straight up bonkers. Welcome to your favorite no guilt purchase since Allison's Gourmet offers decadent treats with a conscience. Everything is organic and vegan! Plus the packages are artistically presented in eco-friendly gift wrapping and packaging, so you'll be proud to send these to whoever you are (or are not!) trying to impress. Imagine joining a Monthly Clubs that automatically deliver fresh baked cookies, brownies, and fudge each month. Just in time for Aunt Flo! We've sent Allison goodies to many GirlieGirlArmy VIPS who just rant and rave about their amazingness.
Par example; "Allison's makes AMAZING vegan brownies!" Alicia Silverstone
Get ready to die for;
Organic Vegan Truffles & Caramels: Three Truffle Flavors: Almond, Hazelnut, and Mocha; Three Caramel Flavors: Pecan, Chocolate, and Peanut.
Vegan and Organic Chocolate Cups: The Cups are offered in Organic Vegan Peanut Butter (these are PB Cups for grown-ups!) and Organic Vegan Peppermint Creme. Think York Peppermint Patties for Foodies!
Vegan Fudge: Original and Walnut Vegan Fudge and rotating Flavors of the Month. This stuff is ridiculously amazing!
Gourmet Cookies: Classic Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Pecan, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, and rotating Flavors of the Month.
Gourmet Brownies: Flavors include: Original Heavenly Fudge, Pecan Heavenly Fudge, Half Original/Half Pecan Brownies, and rotating Flavors of the Month.
Chocolate Barks: Organic Vegan Chocolate Almond Bark and Organic Vegan Peppermint Stick Bark.
Individually-wrapped Caramels: Individually wrapped Caramels are available in Vanilla, Chocolate and Chipotle for the adventurous palate.
Crunchy Almond Toffees: Crunchy Almond Toffee flavors include Original and Chocolate-covered.
Peanut Brittles: Original and Spiced (with cinnamon and a touch of cayenne).
Organic Coffee, Tea and Hot Cocoa: Deep, rich coffee, light teas, and creamy, and luscious cocoas for the discriminating palate.
Gourmet Gift Baskets and Gourmet Organic Gift Tins: A variety of choices!
Sampler Packs are available for the bisexual types who want to try some of everything.
These life-changingly-good sweet treats are jam-packed with the finest organic ingredients for the health of the planet and its inhabitants, fair trade for the economic health of farmers, and shade grown for the protection of wildlife habitats. All of the gourmet goodies from Allison's Gourmet are free of animal ingredients, cholesterol, and highly refined sweeteners. So, although their organic treats are obviously to-die-for delicious for everyone they are of special appeal to people with food sensitivities those looking to stay slim or the vegans in your posse. Allison's Gourmet is not just socially responsible it is award winning too. Put that in your hookah and smoke it.
Allison is not only a Mommy to gorgeous Olivia; she has been shipping her exquisite baked goods to homes and businesses all over the continent, including some of Hollywood's most prestigious addresses since 1997! This woman is ethical, kind, a business babe, and can bake. Jealous? Don't be. Just buy her sweets stat, then lettuce know what you thought!
JUST in time for Valentine's Day: An EXCLUSIVE discount for GirlieGirlArmy readers! Click here for a fantastic deal on Allison's dreamy […]
- Gourmet Easter ^Bunnies^, Caramel Truffle Eggs, & Chocolate Matzo ToffeeSo excited to stuff these in our faces. Hey, we'll even pretend to celebrate Passover and Ash Wednesday if the gettings are this good!
Bluestocking Bonbons are making these adorable bunnies and divine matzot for the hoildays. Lagusta (the lass behind Bluestockings) tells us; "People who like the matzo toffee go *insane* over it and are subject to fits of being unable to write in anything but caps when it's mentioned." YUM.
It goes without saying that both items (like everything else Lagusta makes) are made from organic, vegan, and fair-trade ingredients. Score.
If you are going the elegant route, Allison's can't be beat.
This adorable egg comes filled with vegan and all-natural candy. Natural Candy Store (online) is a great place to come back regularly for "supplies."
Vegan peeps exist! And they are better than the originals, especially when made (with love) by Sara Sohn. They are 100% gelatin-free, as if you'd want to actually eat a "colorless water-soluble glutinous protein obtained from animal tissues such as bone and skin." Barfing.
Seriously, why would you eat "mainstream" candy made from boob milk, unethically obtained ingredients, animal tissue, and gag-alicious crud when you could eat this stuff? Okay, maybe not everyone can afford the slightly higher price points on these more gourmet options featured above, but you can buy plenty of accidentally vegan candy (albeit not organic or fair-trade) at your local market. See this list for ideas. And always check out the Kosher-for-Passover section of your local supermarket, it's a treasure trove of veganism (without meaning to be!) Just check ingredients. Our last foray to that section hooked us up with a yummy carrot cake mix, dark chocolate covered matzah, and chocolate covered jelly rings.
Or make your own candy!
Hannah Kaminsky (of BitterSweet) made these adorable peepers above. Swipe her recipe here.
If you are fan of chocolate eggs, make these your own damn self for pennies.
Vegan Easter Eggs
* 1 8-oz. package non dairy cream cheese, softened at room temperature
* 3 cups powdered sugar
* 12 oz. vegan chocolate(whatever type you like, melted
* 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
* Decorations - chopped nuts, unsweetened cocoa, toasted flaked coconut, etc.
Beat the non dairy cream cheese in a mixing bowl until it is smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until it is well mixed. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla extract and mix well. Put in the fridge for about 1 hour. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls or egg shapes and roll them in the decoration you have chosen. Store the finished chocolates in the refrigerator. Makes about 5 dozen chocolates. Recipe via […]
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