New Year’s Treats: Berliner (Krapfen/Pfannkuchen)


Berliner, also known as Krapfen and Pfannkuchen, is a rather doughnut-like German treat usually eaten during Silvester (New Year’s Eve) as well as through the Karneval holidays. It is made by deep-frying a sweet enriched dough, filling it with jam or marmalade through a single hole and topping it with powdered sugar, rum-flavoured sugar or granulated sugar. For a party joke or roulette-like game, you can full some of the Berliners with mustard. Just a few though – you won’t want to waste a lot of these delicious Beliners!

We know that this is our second relatively unhealthy dish we have shared this week, but we believe that it’s okay to treat yourself once in a while and this is an easy and delicious way to do so. Don’t worry, we’ll get back to our healthier (yet, so delicious) recipes after this one.

If you don’t have a piping bag or piping tip, you can still follow this recipe. We have a few tricks we’ll share with you so you can fill your Berliners without having to purchase piping equipment.

Guten Appetit!

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12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Pudding


Christmas pudding is a delicious British steamed dessert consisting of fried fruits, rum or brandy, citrus zest and a few other ingredients. It is a great dessert that is often made a year before it is actually eaten and also often “fed” during that period by pouring some rum or brandy over it every few days or every month. This pudding looks like a cake, but trust us, it’s steamed, not baked.

Our recipe tastes great on the day it is made and does not require ageing or feeding although some might still choose to do those. It is a perfect representation of the flavours of Christmas on a plate and is sure to amaze your dinner guests, not just by its appearance, but by the traditional way it tends to be brought out/presented which is to set the pudding on fire by pouring flaming alcohol over it in a rather dark (but not pitch black) room. Don’t worry, the fire dies out on its own within 30 seconds.

For those who want to make or serve a Christmas pudding void of alcohol, replace the rum in this recipe with either freshly made apple juice or black tea. Alternatively, you can opt to not soak the dried fruits in anything. However, their texture and appearance are more appealing after soaking.

This recipe was kept nut-free for those who might be allergic. If you are a fan of nuts and none of your guests are allergic to nuts, you can add about 40g of chopped blanched almonds to your pudding mix.

Without further ado, here’s our vegan Christmas Pudding recipe!

Bon Appétit!

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12 Days of Christmas: Apple-Pear Trifle


This apple-pear trifle was not intentionally made. It is the beautiful and absolutely delicious outcome of multiple failed processes whilst trying to test out the recipe for a different dessert idea. It’s the best accident we have ever made and it turned out so good we made multiple portions to serve with people who equally loved it and wanted the recipe ASAP! I guess it’s good that we noted everything we did when trying to figure out a new recipe through working with the failed parts of our initial recipe.

Traditionally, trifles are made with a base of fruit and sponge cake fingers which are suspended in jelly and topped with layers of custard, whipped cream and fresh fruit. However, for this recipe, we are taking a more modern approach to trifles. Our trifle consists of alternating layers of deliciously stewed apple-pear mixture and luscious coconut custard. It is then topped off with crushed meringue pieces which add another element of flavour and colour to the dessert.

This is the traditional trifle’s lighter cousin. We hope you know you’ll enjoy making and eating it.

Bon Appétit!

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12 Days of Christmas: Fruit Cake


Fruit cakes are present at various Christmas events across the globe. However, they are made with slight variances. For example, in some cultures, walnuts, and other nuts, are added to the cake batter while in others, candied peel, citrus zests and/or orange juice, black tea, brandy or rum are added to the batter.

This fruit cake recipe makes a delicious cake. However, it also serves as a base for any vegan fruit cake. You can customise it by adding extra ingredients to it to make it more suited to your cultural or creative preferences. We should note that if you add any additional liquids to the recipe, you should reduce that amount from the quantity of almond milk used.

The amount of raisins in this recipe is the amount to keep this cake sweet, but not overpoweringly sweet. Therefore, it is more suitable or those who do not enjoy very sweet treats. However, the salted caramel sauce will be rather sweet so, for those who prefer to avoid very sweet treats you can omit the sauce.

We hope you enjoy this recipe and it helps you make the perfect fruit cake for your Christmas desserts.

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12 Days of Christmas: Lebkuchen Brezeln


Pretzels are a beloved German food. However, a lot of people have never tried actual German pretzels. Traditional pretzels are soft and delicious as opposed to the popular Americanised pretzels which tend to be crunchier, almost like a thick crisp.

While researching about pretzels last month, we realised that around Christmas, gingerbread pretzels can be found. So, today, we decided to share two recipes with you – our soft Lebkuchengewürz Brezeln (Gingerbread Spice Pretzels) and more conventional cookie Lebkuchen Brezeln (Gingerbread Pretzels).

The Lebkuchengewürz Pretzels are soft, more traditional pretzels. However, they are, as the name suggests, flavoured with gingerbread spice. The gingerbread spice we chose to use is a homemade German one as it tastes really good and there aren’t any other gingerbread spices which really taste like it. We guess we’re actually sharing three recipes with you, then. Yes, we will be sharing our Lebkuchengewürz recipe with you so you can make your own German gingerbread spice wherever you are.

In regards to the Lebkuchen Pretzels, these are small gingerbread cookies which are shaped into pretzels with a chocolate coating on some of them. They are sweet, but not too sweet, and they are a delicious treat which you and your loved ones will be sure to enjoy.

Guten Appetit!

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12 Days of Christmas: Italian Christmas Cookies


These vegan Italian Christmas cookies are soft and pretty cake-like, but they’re cookies! When deciding to make these, as we had never made anything like them before, we compared multiple traditional swirled Italian Christmas cookie recipes and then averaged out everything and made them vegan by replacing non-vegan ingredients with the most appropriate vegan substitutions. Honestly, we feel so weird referring to them as ‘cookies,’ but that’s what they are!

Unfortunately, we did not have colourful sprinkles and we couldn’t find any that were vegan (and didn’t cost a fortune for a small bottle) so we just sprinkled chia seeds on them. In addition to that, as these cookies are very sweet already, instead of dipping them in a thick icing sugar mixture (as is traditionally done before sprinkling), we brushed on a light icing sugar mixture on its surfaces to make them more edible for those who can’t handle extremely sweet foods.

We hope you enjoy these…..cookies.

Bon Appétit!

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12 Days of Christmas: Cozonac (nut-free)


Welcome to 12 Days of Christmas. Starting from today, every day, at 11am GMT, we will be sharing a new recipe with you to help you prepare for this festive period. In this series, we will be featuring breakfast ideas, snacks, appetisers, main meals and desserts from various cultures in order to introduce you to new dishes as well as to give you a variety of options or plant-based meals you can make for yourself or your vegan/vegetarian loved ones. Some of the recipes will also be alcohol-free, nut-free and gluten-free for those with particular dietary requirements or preferences.

To kick this off, here’s our first recipe – a nut-free cozonac.

Cozonac is a Romanian sweet bread which is usually eaten during Christmas and Easter. Traditionally, it is made with eggs, milk and butter which enrich the dough. However, for this recipe, we have substituted those ingredients with suitable and affordable plant-based alternatives. We suggest that you do not substitute those alternatives with other alternatives such as flax eggs instead of aquafaba as that will change the texture and density of the bread.

The shape and shininess of this bread are so attractive and foretell the delicious taste experience offered by the bread. However, they hide the surprise inside the loaf which is the curving effect of bands of raisins and chocolate toasted oats, which is what we have used to replace the chocolate walnuts found in traditional cozonac in order to keep this bread nut-free whilst not compromising on a nutty flavour and texture.

Without further ado, here’s our nut-free cozonac recipe.

Poftă Bună!

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Wholewheat Waffles


Waffles are a delightful breakfast addition! They can be eaten on their own, doused with syrup, toasted with jam, butter or cream cheese spread on them, with fresh fruit, ice cream or breaded and fried seitan/tofu on them or even as a replacement for the bread in a sandwich. Yes! That’s actually a thing! We’ve never tried it, but it is a thing!

Our wholewheat waffles have the same texture, and taste just like, conventional waffles made with plain/white flour, eggs and dairy. Yet, they don’t contain animal by-products and they are made even healthier by the nutrients still intact in the wholewheat flour which would otherwise not be present if white flour was used.

These waffles contain thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3), pyridoxamine (vitamin B-6), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), folate (vitamin B-9), betaine, calcium, choline, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, omega fatty acids, phosphorus, potassium, protein, selenium and zinc. You can find more information on the functions of these nutrients in our Nutrient Index.

Without further ado, here’s our recipe to these amazing easy-to-make waffles!

Bon Appétit!

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Vegan Banana Bread


Banana bread is one of the most delicious breads we have tasted. It is moist, it is delicious, it has a higher nutritional content than the conventional bread, contains over 50g of protein (per loaf) and it does not require a topping such as butter or jam.

This bread works well for breakfast, as a snack and as a dessert. It can be frozen for later consumption and it keeps in the fridge for about a week (although it might harden a little when lower than room temperature).

Our banana bread recipe is perfect for any day and anytime so, without further ado, here’s our recipe.

Bon Appétit!

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Upside Down Apple-Lime Pudding Cake


I hate cakes. Yup! I am one of those strange people who do not like cakes. However, I love this cake.

This Apple-Lime cake is the perfect cake for any time of the day. It is fruity, moist, delicious and healthier than your average cake. You can eat it and not feel so guilty!

The following nutrients can be found in this cake and an explanation of their functions can be found in the Nutrient Index: Vitamin A, thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxamine (vitamin B-6), biotin (vitamin B-7), folate (vitamin B-9), vitamin C, alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, choline, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and fibre.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe that will have you eating a whole cake before feeling guilty!

Bon Appétit!

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