A week ago I got lucky: I won a contest on Facebook for a vegan pamper hamper given away by Hannah Banana Bakery. The contest was to get HBB's Facebook page to 4000 "likes", which is quite an accomplishment.
The first installment of my prize came the other day. It's the cookbook Betty Goes Vegan, a vegan take on the famous Betty Crocker cookbook. (There's a link to buy it on the sidebar, fyi.) This is not your mother's Betty Crocker cookbook. And yes, my mother actually had the Betty Crocker cookbook. That and a church cookbook were the only cookbooks she owned, and I made every dish that sounded good from both of them (I cooked a lot when I was young, since my mom had no interest in cooking more than mashed potatoes and roast.)
Anyway, I was in the mood for cookies and these toffee bars sounded yummy. And easy. I threw them together in about five minutes, but it took them a lot longer to bake (30 minutes) and to cool. The chocolate layer consisted of Ghirardelli chocolate chips (they're vegan!), scattered over the hot toffee layer. They melt pretty fast, but then they have to firm up. We put them in the cold room (our living room, in the winter, stays about the same temperature as the fridge) and it still took about an hour.
The result was yummy! I can't wait to try other recipes from this really huge, comprehensive book. And I haven't even received the rest of my hamper yet! I asked if it could come in time for my birthday on April 13, so my husband wouldn't have to bake a vegan birthday cake for me (as he always does—isn't that sweet?).
I'll post here when the rest of the goodies arrive.
Oh, and I have a few more recipes to share here too. I'm in a cooking mood lately. (I cook when I procrastinate, and I'm in the dreaded middle of another novel, so anything to avoid the blank page.)