Friday, March 18, 2016

Feeling dumpy


At the end of this there's a really easy recipe for Vegan-GF Chocolate Chip Cake...I promise. But you'll have to put up with one of my poems first...

Now that the days are longer, time seems shorter.
So much to do, gardening, biking, Pesach prep,
obligations yet unmet.
I needed a dessert in haste,
I had no time to waste.
A dump cake I wondered,
not many have blundered,
with this ingenious dish,
would it fulfill my wish?

The answer is worked! And it's gluten-free and vegan. I subbed a container of non-dairy yogurt (Trader Joe's coconut yogurt) for the eggs, and somehow it gave the chocolate chip cookie dough mix I used an added lift, and it came out cake-like instead of like cookie bars.  All the mixing can be done in the pan, and there's no it's super easy!  So you can have your spring fun and eat your cake too.

 I used Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie mix for his recipe. You can try other brands, just add the ingredients they direct you to on the box,  and sub the 1 yogurt (6-8 oz) for eggs called for in the instructions.

Vegan-Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Dump Cake

1 box (19 oz.) Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine (I use Earth Balance), melted*
1 capful vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
2 shakes cinnamon (approx. 1/2 teaspoon)
1 container (6-8 ounces) non-dairy vanilla or plain yogurt (coconut, soy, almond, etc.)
Optional Toppings: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruit

Note: I used a Pyrex baking dish, so I was able to melt the margarine in the microwave directly in the dish. If you use a metal baking dish, melt the margarine in a small, microwave safe bowl.

Pre-heat oven to 350F degrees.

Spray an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Dump all the ingredients, except the topping, into the baking dish and stir until well combined. Spread out evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle with toppings, if desired.

Bake for 35-40 minutes in pre-heated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with few or no crumbs.

Cool on a wire rack.

Yield: 12 servings