Christmas Dinner at my parent's house was wonderful, yummy (and I won't bore you with all the dinner foods posted here because it was all recipes I've done before - and a few not-vegan items that I'd skip over anyway).
Dessert, however, was a trip down memory lane - Prune Kuchen, shipped directly to my Dad from the very-authentic German Kuchen factory in South Dakota. All six of us girls grew up eating my Grandma's kuchen (years ago) at special family get-togethers - this was a sentimental treat for all of us, especially my Dad, who grew up on it many years before we did....
Now, I'm not quite ready to try veganising a family heirloom recipe, some things are better left alone, but it did get me to thinking about another favorite of mine, the small, spicy Pfeffernüsse cookies that my Grandma also used to bake.
I have Grandma's recipe, and figured it would probably vegan-ize pretty easily, so off to the kitchen I went. It only took two batches to come up with a good variation, and the texture and taste are great!!
4 c. flour
1/2 c. Earth Balance
1/2 tsp. instant coffee powder or crystals
1 c. molasses
1/2 c. brown sugar
3/4 tsp. anise extract (Get a good quality extract or 5 drops anise oil if you can find it - that's what my Grandma used)
1/4 tsp. finely ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. Ener-G egg replacer and 2 Tbsp ground flax, dissolved in 4 Tbsp. soy milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix shortening and flour together. Add remaining ingredients and mix well, the batter will be very thick.
Roll into small balls, about an inch in diameter. Put on a lightly greased tray; they don't expand much so you can fit a lot on there.
Let stand overnight without disturbing.
The next morning, bake for 10-12 minutes.
While still hot (as hot as you can handle), roll the pfeffernüsse in powdered sugar, then allow to cool. Once cooled, roll them again.