Saturday, July 3, 2010

Quick and Easy Vegan Bake Sale by Carla Kelly

This has been a great year for even more great vegan cook books. I had the honor of testing for another incredible vegan author, Carla Kelly. For those of you who have followed my blog or know me in person or from the PPK, you have oft heard me complain a bit about my lack of baking skills. I was a little bit reluctant to offer my services for testing for a baking book. I'm so glad I didn't let my past failures keep me from being part of the testing crew for Carla's upcoming Quick and Easy Vegan Bake Sale cookbook (due out in January, 2011).

Her recipes include both savory and sweet morsels of deliciousness. A lot of her inspiration comes from British classics that I have never experienced here in the good old US of A. It was a fun and mind expanding experience. Most of the recipes are easy and quick. Most ingredients are pantry friendly (except maybe vegan custard powder which can be found online or some specialty grocers. My favorite recipe, the Car Tire Cookie (pictured below) is a little bit more time consuming than most of the recipes because of the steps involved. Do not shy away from this recipe the steps are pretty simple. I'd buy the book for this recipe alone. Thankfully this is just one of many fantastic recipes, giving you even more reasons to buy the book. I have to say I put on a few lbs. testing for her, but it was worth every pound.

I know I have said this about other books, but you really need this one for your collection. I feel very lucky to have tested for so many wonderful, creative people. Feast your eyes on a few samples from Quick and Easy Vegan Bake Sale.

Car Tire Cookies

Nanaimo Bars
Yes you read that right. VEGAN Nanaimo Bars. Awesome!

Banofee Pie

Raspberry Clafouti Tart

I must give you a preview of some of the savory goodies too. They are equally yummy!

Up Side Down Olive, Sun Dried Tomato and
Roasted Red Pepper “Cake”

Spicy Corn Biscotti

Asparagus, Pine Nut,
and Roasted Garlic Quiche


Rikki Cupcake said...

holy cow, yum! i hope i see you at green today!!

all my love,

Veg-In-Training said...

I'm working or I'd be there. Hope it was fun!

Carla said...

What an impressive review!! Thanks. It was weonderful ahving you as a tester too!

Kenike said...


Zoa said...

Nice photos! Wow, this stuff looks good.