Cinnamon Raisin Hangover Scones

Don’t you love it when you wake up and there are all sorts of people in all states of recovery after a long, hard night of drinking strewn all over you messy apartment? Especially when those people are practically strangers, friends of roommates you met briefly the night before?

Yes? No? I don’t mind it at all.

When I rise at 6:00 am to find that’s the case, I sneakily make my tea, quietly do my morning business, and make myself as church-mouse-esque as my clumsy ass can be until my hungover guests are stirring. And then I pour out the glasses of water, find the bottle of ibuprofen, put the coffee on, and (sometimes) bake.

I find that people are especially receptive to learning about how awesome veganism is when they feel like they’re dying and someone gives them a treat.

Here’s a recipe for some scones (modified from one I found on the Vegweb) which uses simple ingredients, is easy to make, and doesn’t leave me with too much extra cleanup. They are tasty but just bland enough to help soak up a hangover. Note: It helps make everyone happier if they are shaped like hearts.

Cinnamon Raisin Hangover Scones

plate

A plateful of love

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold margarine
  • 1 fat handful of raisins
  • scant ½ cup soy milk
  • sugar for coating scones, about ¼ cup

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, sugar).
  • Chop cold margarine into small pieces and toss into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Toss in raisins.
  • Pour soy milk over the rest of the ingredients.
  • Stir until combined. The dough should be chunky and crumbly.
crumbles

Crumbly chunky dough

  • Pour the extra sugar for coating into a shallow bowl or onto a dish.
  • Grab handfuls of the dough as big as you would like your scones to be. This recipe makes enough small, heart-shaped scones for six hungover guests, but the scones can be made larger, smaller, or shaped differently. Smoosh finished shapes into extra sugar, to embed the topping on the scone.
  • Place dough sugar side up on a non-stick cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.

Baking time will vary, depending on the amount of dough used. The scones should be golden brown around the edges when they are done.

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The sugar looks like glitter!

The recipe can easily be doubled for more/bigger scones. These make a great snack for folks who haven’t been drinking heavily, and are also great for tea time and brunches with your mom. (Note: These do not work on kitty hangovers.)

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Peanut Butter Bandita UPDATE: Baking Karma

The peanut butter bandita has returned her hostage without receiving the requested ransom, perhaps prompted by baking karma.

This morning I attempted to make a batch of smiley-face get-well cookies for a friend who has recently had some shoulder surgery. The idea was to make some Melt-In-Your-Mouth Peanut Butter Cookies and stick chocolate chips in to make a delightful pick-me-up.

The cookie concept

Instead, I ended up with a ghastly mess of morphed faces and a sticky cleanup.

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The terrifying cookie reality

I didn’t follow the recipe. In fact, I didn’t even measure. I’ve done similarly before, but not with such horrifying results. I’m not a chemist–I’m just a vegan with a kitchen, a friend with a lame arm, and new, peanut butter-flavored mental scars. It was maybe bad baking practices (measure!) and maybe bad baking karma in action.

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Peanut Butter Bandita UPDATE

Having not yet recieved the requested ransom, the peanut butter bandita issued this update.

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ONE HUNDRED Vegan Cupcakes Take Over Meatfest!

THIS is what 100 vegan cupcakes look like.

(Sorry… There’s just one lousy photo to commemorate the conclusion of this project. The finished product got gobbled too quickly.)

 Assumptions People May Make About You When You Show Up to a Meatfest With 100 Vegan Cupcakes

  • you are super friendly
  • you will be bringing juice to wash them down
  • you want to be friends
  • you want a veggie kabob. NOW.

When I finished baking cupcakes, I ended up with 120. I made a batch of fudgey chocolate frosting, but I was out of soy milk so it ended up spreading on the cupcakes like rabbit turds and my sprinkles wouldn’t stick. Despite the difficulty frosting, they were still recognizable as cupcakes and still delicious. When I ran out of chocolate frosting, I whipped up some vanilla, added a drop of blue coloring, and shlapped it on the remaining cakelets. The normally frustrating frosting process went by super quick because my awesome eager roommates all grabbed utensils and started spreading. When 100 were frosted, the cupcakes were loaded in beer boxes and on I ended up using a chalkboard as a tray (which conveniently also held my drink) and stomped out to distribute.

At first, the Meatfeasters were speechless, and I announced, “I’ve got ONE HUNDRED vegan cupcakes to eat! ONE HUNDRED vegan cupcakes for Meatfest. It didn’t take long until there were crowds around each of us. We weaved through the ‘Fest and handed them out. By the time we made it from one side to the other, we were down to about 2 dozen, and by the time we left there were zero. Just those tasty turds remained, sprinkled on a picnic table or two where they fell of their cupcakes.

And a squirrel ran off with a whole cupcake! Right up a tree! HOORAY for wildlife!

This Meatfest was “better” than ever, not because there was more meat, but because there was more involvement. There were two chefs and two hot grills and people clustered around everything that could be sat on or have food laid on it. There were also a couple of Frisbees flying around, one of which smoked a chef, requiring my roommate to run off with all of our ice (at which point I was left with nothing to chill my vodka & seltzers).

The reaction to the cupcakes was awesome. Lost of folks wanted to know what makes a vegan cupcake different from a “regular” cupcake. Showing up with baked goods is a great way to advocate veganism, and showing up with an overwhelming amount of baked goods is an even better way.

When the night ended (at 8:30 pm or so) I was an exhausted vegan with a messy kitchen and 22 leftover blue-frosted cupcakes, watching Old Gregg on the Youtube. I was lights-out at 9:00 pm. The combination of frantic baking, vodka, cupcake distribution, and hearty laughter tuckered me out.

And BONUS: in the morning I still had 18 cupcakes to bring to class!

Extra BONUS:

"Im Old Gregg!"

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Q: What Do 100 Vegan Cupcakes Look Like?

A: I don’t know, but this is what 72 looks like.

Not that glamorous... yet.

28 more to go!

NOTE: I do NOT drink Four Loko. I just reuse the boxes of those who do.

The first 72 cupcakes are Golden Vanilla, made following the PPK’s recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.

The recipe can be found HERE.

The rest of the cupcakes? Probably the same.

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COMING SOON!

Coming Soon: VEGAN CUPCAKES take over MEATFEST.
100 vegan treats are in the making, aimed to overpower the carnage of a day dedicated to meat.

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