Hot Chocolate Festival VII: Stops 21-27, Farewell

When it launched in 2011, The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival was the first city-wide festival of its kind in the world.  This January it returns for its 7th year, bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream makers coming together to make the humble hot chocolate hotter than it has ever been before.

This Festival is a fundraiser for the Downtown Eastside women’s job training
program of the PHS Community Services Society and East Van Roasters.

Hot Chocolate Fest

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Stop #21: Pretty in Pink, Bel Café

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Always a lovely stop to find a seat at one of the daintily decorated tables in Bel!

The flavour for this half of the festival had no non-dairy option if I wanted the full experience, so I braced myself and dove into the rose-infused beverage first thing in the morning.

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12 Days of Plant-Based Cookies: Days 10, 11, & 12

Finally, before the month is done, we see all 12 days of the challenge through!

A short-term challenge for the month of December courtesy of Earth Balance! I am pretty excited to have some motivation to do some vegan baking this month. Some of the recipes are out of order from the website’s sequence, but I’ll make sure we cover everything.

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Pumpkin Cookies

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It was a beautiful thing to revisit my pumpkin days with this new recipe (that I will definitely keep handy for next October)!

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12 Days of Plant-Based Cookies: Days 8 + 9

A short-term challenge for the month of December courtesy of Earth Balance! I am pretty excited to have some motivation to do some vegan baking this month. Some of the recipes are out of order from the website’s sequence, but I’ll make sure we cover everything.

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Donut Icing Cookies

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These cookies began with a great struggle.

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12 Days of Plant-Based Cookies: Days 6 + 7

The theme of these recipes was chocolate and more chocolate.

A short-term challenge for the month of December courtesy of Earth Balance! I am pretty excited to have some motivation to do some vegan baking this month. Some of the recipes are out of order from the website’s sequence, but I’ll make sure we cover everything.

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Chocolate Snowball Cookies

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These might not be your mama’s snowball cookies, but as a first-time baker of such a treat, I deem them a success (and so does C.C., who affectionately calls them “crack”).

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12 Days of Plant-Based Cookies: Days 4 + 5

A short-term challenge for the month of December courtesy of Earth Balance! I am pretty excited to have some motivation to do some vegan baking this month. Some of the recipes are out of order from the website’s sequence, but I’ll make sure we cover everything.

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Dark Chocolate “Walnut” Cookies

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A few substitutions later, and here were the results.

The recipe called for many oats, but I used flour, and it called for walnuts, but I used pecans. In the end, I believe I missed out on some fun texture but still had a delicious batch of cookies – simple and good.

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Vegan Eggnog Cookies

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I dropped the ball on what I hoped would be the best recipe of the whole bunch.

This recipe was so exciting to me! I love vegan eggnog. The batter was tasting pretty good, but I could feel it turning to glue as I tried to mix in some liquid – I think the biggest problem was in neglecting to mix the leavening agent at the right time, so the dough remained doughy even after baking.

I will try these again one day, though, because there is TOO MUCH potential to not give it another go!

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