I have these great kids cookbooks by Family Circle that I have had since I was a kid. Although just about every recipe has meat, dairy or eggs, I can usually veganise most of the recipes if my son decides he wants to make one of these recipes.
Like today. I pulled out the cookbooks and asked him to find a recipe he could help me make for dinner next week. Of course, he ended up pointing at various desserts. Fudge slice squares? Cheesecake slice? Not really what I had in mind for dinner. But I ended up combining these two recipes and totally revamping them into an epic vegan dessert/sweet treat. Oh my. De-lish-us. Full of sugar, but a bit of sugar now and then is alright ;) right?
As a side note: my son and I are thinking about putting together a vegan kid’s cookbook – full of recipes that kids can make themselves or with a bit of help. What do you think? Do you love cooking with your kids too? Talk to me by commenting below…
So my son was practically drooling over the Cheesecake Slice in the Family Circle Kids’ Cookbook 2. But the ingredients it called for – a packet of cheesecake mix, chocolate, and jelly crystals – well, it seemed like mission impossible to recreate this, vegan style…
But I’m always up for a culinary challenge! I made a variation of the Fudge Squares from the Family Circle Kids’ Microwave Cookbook as the base for our slice. Now, we don’t own a microwave, so I made this on the stove and in the oven. While that was cooking, I made a vegan custard (made extra firm by some arrowroot powder).
I poured the custard on top of the fudge-square-base and then made the jelly. Confession time: I bought this jelly about 2 years ago as it was reduced to clear and close to it’s expiry date. In fact, I may have bought the remaining 12 packets on the shelf. Who can resist a vegan jelly?
Anyway, after a few months I discovered the vegetable gums in the jelly weren’t solidifying like they used to. So now I add a bit of agar powder to the boiling water to help it firm up. Thank God for seaweed! However, if you have a good vegan jelly you can omit the agar.
So then it was as simple as pouring the jelly on top of the custard and letting it cool in the fridge for a few hours before slicing and serving. Oh yum. Excuse me while I go back for my
third fourth serving…
- BROWNIE BASE
- 125g Nuttelex (or other vegan margarine)
- 1 tbs golden syrup
- ½ cup raw sugar
- ¾ cup shredded coconut
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tbs cacao powder
- 1½ cups plain flour
- CUSTARD LAYER
- 2 tbs vegan custard powder
- 2 tbs arrowroot powder
- 2 tbs raw sugar
- 2 cups plant-based milk
- JELLY LAYER
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp agar powder*
- 85g vegan jelly package
- BROWNIE BASE:
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a 20cm x 20cm square baking dish with baking paper.
- Combine the Nuttelex, syrup and sugar in a small saucepan over a medium heat for 3 minutes until melted and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients until well combined.
- Press into the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Let cool while preparing the rest of the dish.
- Combine the custard powder, arrowroot and sugar in a small saucepan with a little of the plant-milk.
- Put the saucepan over a low heat and gradually add more of the milk, stirring constantly, waiting after each addition for the custard to thicken.
- This process should take about 10 minutes.
- Pour on top of the brownie base.
- Combine the water and agar powder in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.
- Boil for 5 minutes while stirring often.
- Remove from the heat and add the vegan jelly powder.
- Pour carefully on top of the custard layer.
- Tip: pour on top of the back of a spoon to prevent pouring a hole into the custard!
- Leave the slice in the refrigerate to set for 3 hours or until firm.
- Keep refrigerated.
This post has been shared at Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck and Foodie FriDIY.
Comment below and let me know:
- Do you often veganise recipes?
- Do you have a disastrous tale about buying out-of-date food?
- Do you involve your children with meal planning and cooking?
- What are your thoughts about vegan kid’s cookbooks?