Monday, June 21, 2010

You down with O(ther) P(eople's) P(astries)? Yeah, you know me.

vegan croissants from Auntie Loo's Bakery

You know what I love? Croissants. I really do. Even the kind of crappy ones from the bakery bins at the grocery store. In fact, those croissants were one of the two inanimate culprits responsible for my Great Weight Gain of 2005. The other one was whipped cream from a can. At the time I wasn't feeling too happy on a day to day basis, so I gave myself permission to regularly eat a bunch of stuff that, really, unless you're a magical Parisian lady, should be consumed on special occasions only. It didn't take long to convince my slightly sad self that it was perfectly fine to eat supermarket croissants for breakfast every morning and that it was okay to go through several mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream on it every night while I watched TV on the couch with the dogs. Blargh. By the time I realized that these were not good ideas, I'd gained 15 pounds. I started exercising and took a break from eating sugar. I gave up on both the whipped cream and croissants.

But you know what? Now that I'm eating vegan I miss both of those things a whole lot. Cashew whipped cream has filled the void left by regular whipped cream. But nothing, until this weekend, had replaced the croissants.

vegan croissants from Auntie Loo's Bakery

On Saturday, I put a sweatshirt on over my pajamas (yeah, that's what I said) and went down to Auntie Loo's Treats because I heard a rumour that they'd be debuting their vegan croissants. Indeed they were! I bought three (two regular and one almond) croissants and two scones to take home with me. The Man of Science dove in right away and devoured one of the plain croissants. I put the other two on a plate, photographed them and then got distracted.

Guess who else likes croissants?


Catie does.

When I came back to eat my pastries, there was only an empty plate* to greet me. And I was late for a garden volunteer meeting and had no time to go get some more. I said some unkind words to the dog and raced out the door.

Luckily, I live with an excellent gentleman. The Man of Science went back to the bakery and got me two replacement croissants. On the way he may have accidently driven the wrong way down a one way street. Now that's dedication. When I got home from my garden meeting I sat in the hammock and ate both croissants in rapid succession. Catie watched me the whole time. Needless to say, I did not feel like sharing.

The verdict on the croissants is: delicious! Especially the almond one. They were so fresh and, while not flakey like regular croissants, they had a nice, soft texture. A perfect treat. I'm not surprised, given that everything else I've tried from Auntie Loo's has been really great. I'm so happy that my city has a vegan bakery in it. What could be better?

coconut lemon bundt cake

I did a little baking of my own last weekend and the result was so tasty, I felt the need to share. This is the Coconut Lemon Bundt Cake from Veganomicon. I made it for the party I went to with all my coworkers that I mentioned in my last post. I won't lie, the only reason I made this cake was because I happened to have all the ingredients on hand. But wow! Was I ever impressed with the end result. So was Joe, husband of admin. assistant Diane, who loves coconut and finished off at least half of the cake by himself. This recipe is highly recommended for those of you with Veganomicon on your shelves. I will make it again as soon as the need for cake arises.

I'll be back later in the week with an an actual recipe post. These baked goods were just too great not to spread the word!


*It was a lovely empty plate, though. Megan brought me two of these plates from Winnipeg. The stamp on the bottom says they are handpainted in France. I love them. And actually, Megan also gave me the pretty glass plate that is under the bundt cake. So, all plates in this post are brought to you (well, to me really) by Megan.

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The Voracious Vegan said...

Can I just say that your blog is the best? Seriously, you always crack me up. Great post title!

And YES, croissants are HEAVEN. These look absolutely delicious, I can see why the pup couldn't resist. And what a beautiful cake, the perfect summer treat.

Jessica @ Lima's Vegan Kitchen said...

My favorite are apricot filled croissants. MMM! I believe that they were responsible for my 'Sophomore' 15 while I was studying in France. But still, I cant have any hard feelings theyre just so yummy. Awesome funny! :)

Allyson said...

I completely feel you on this! I gained a bit (like tons) of weight back in 2005. I also blame croissants (and my now husband's insatiable craving for all things French). He made me eat them!

Anyways, the cake looks absolutely amazing.

wootabix said...

i can't say that i blame poochie... i'd have stolen your unattended pastries too. (guilty look)
i loved that coconut lemon bundt! i was so happy to read that you made it! loving your blog, thanks! xoxo

keephangingon said...

OMG THOSE PASTRIES LOOK SO HEAVENLY! i've been missing pastries a lot since I went vegan, too! My top favourite is CINNAMON ROLLS!! but now I'm trying to eat more raw stuff, and I made a raw cinnamon roll before, but it was just.......weird. Give me a baked pastry any day!

im loving your blog and sense of humour!!! And it's so cool that you wrote a novel. I'm gonna check it out in my local bookstore! :)

Jill said...

I so want to try these when I return to O town. I had my first vegan croissant a few days ago in Brussels. It wasn't fresh though, it came in a bag :(

cleaneatsinthedirtysouth said...

i want those soooo bad now! :)

Pearl said...

ooh, naughty pup.

lovely man to have about.

Jessica said...

Love this post. It should be rewarding to know that you have a dog with discerning tastes! lol Either that or when opportunity presented itself, she bit at it. (groan, I know! LOL)

Love the bundt cake recipe. Very easy to make but where's the croissant recipe? Will Auntie Loo's be willing to share?

XUP said...

I'm putting Auntie Loo's on my list of places to stop this weekend. Also, about the magical French women? They don't actually gorge on all those lovely baked goods and cheeses and chocolates. They eat teensy tiny bits of things and they never snack. That's why they don't gain weight. Also they smoke like fiends.

Fame Throwa said...

Just added your blog to my reader, and now I'm checking out a few back posts.

I tried Auntie Loo's cupcakes a couple of weeks ago. I had high hopes, wanting to serve vegan cupcakes at my wedding. But you know, Mr. Chatty and I were pretty disappointed.

I think it's because Turtlehead's vegan cupcakes are just way, way better, and we're spoiled. I can't rightly ask my sister to bake 5 dozen cupcakes the day of my wedding though. Goodness, she's doing enough!

But I digress. Since Auntie Loo is close to home, perhaps I will try her other goods. I do like the gal, and I'd like to see her shop succeed. But I'm out for the cupcakes.