25 Awesome Puff Pastry Recipes for Vegans

25 Awesome vegan puff pastry recipes that are easy to make using ready made puff pastry.

I don't know about you, but I love puff pastry.

I learned how to make puff pastry from scratch at school with my very strict and old fashioned cookery teacher. It seemed to take hours to make. All the careful folding and then more folding. She watched our every move like a hawk. We didn't dare make a mistake. Although I do remember a dish hitting the floor once. I think it was an apple crumble. She was not happy!

These days I buy ready made puff pastry  from the supermarket and if I can get away with it I buy ready rolled puff pastry. It's a godsend for lazy busy mums and such good quality too. Just take it out of the fridge 15-20 minutes before you need it and gently unroll it. It even comes on greaseproof paper you can work on and then transfer it onto a baking tray, so you don't have to flour or grease your tray to prevent sticking. Excellent product!

Is puff pastry vegan?

Thankfully a lot of the puff pastry and shortcrust pastry available in the shops these days is suitable for vegans. Avoid those that say all butter and check on the back for the ingredients. I buy Jus Rol which is suitable for vegans and available in a block or ready rolled sheets of pastry. They do a good range of vegan pastry and pastry items such as croissants and pizza dough, just check the ingredients.

I'm always playing about with new recipes using puff, but I love looking for inspiration among my blogger friends too, so I've pulled together 25 of the best vegan puff pastry recipes for you to try> I just know you will leave inspired and will love them as much as I do.

What about shortcrust pastry, is it vegan?

Once again Jus Rol come to the rescue with vegan shortcrust pastry, which is great for making quick pasties, homemade pop tarts, fruit and savoury pies. Shortcrust pastry is very easy to make, but it is handy to have a packet of ready-made shortcrust pastry in the fridge for quick meals.

The eagle eyed among you will spot that I've included one recipe using shortcrust pastry. It's a good one, so I decided to include it. It could be made with puff, but wouldn't be easy to hold, so bookmark or pin it for next time you buy a block of vegan shortcrust pastry. See if you can spot it.


Grilled Halloumi & Red Pepper Burgers

Halloumi is a great addition to a vegetarian diet. It's so tasty and adds a lot of texture to a dish.

I'm sure you're familiar with it. I first tried it about 25 years ago when the chef in a small pub in Fife offered to make Graham and I an off-menu meal when we said we were vegetarian. We were instantly hooked.

Halloumi is a semi-hard unripened cheese from Cyprus. The Greek Cypriots in the south of Cyprus call it halloumi, but the Turkish Cypriots in the north call it Hellim. Both are equally good, although I'm sure each side of the border would dispute that fact. Halloumi or Hellim is best when grilled or fried as it takes on a chewy texture.

I don't eat it often as we usually eat dairy free with Graham and who can be bothered to cook two meals? I do sometimes order a halloumi burger in a pub we occasionally go to called Drouthy's. They serve their halloumi burger with a grilled portabello mushroom and sweet chilli sauce. It's tasty!


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (22 August 2016)

Hi everyone, how are you? We've had a great week. Cooper is back at school and is really enjoying it. If you read my last post you will see we had a fun first-day-of-school when I picked him up and we've had a lazy week with three meals out. I was super good and picked soup the first two times, then salad for my last. It's such fun to catch up with friends.

I'm writing this up with a glass of red wine in my hand.. It's Sunday night and I'm about to head into the kitchen to make our lunches for tomorrow. It's that time. Time to plan for the week ahead and that's exactly what Meat Free Monday is, a guide to help you plan the week ahead.



Malteser Fudge Brownies

This was Cooper's first day of school chocolate cake. I know, it isn't chocolate cake, but we ran out of time.

It's full on chocolate, so that's all that matters.

Cooper is back at school and we have our own wee tradition of spending time together in the kitchen (after his first day of school) baking a cake. We usually bake chocolate cake, but this year we had to scale back our plans.

After he finished school, we walked into town to our local bookshop. First we headed upstairs to the cafe so Cooper could enjoy a slice of cake and a hot chocolate, then down to the bookshop so he could choose some books.

We must have spent a couple of hours in the book shop, sitting on the floor surrounded by books, then my husband met us and we took a walk with our dogs along the River Tay. By the time we got home there was little time for baking. I couldn't let Cooper down, so brownies it was and while they baked I popped on some pasta for dinner.


3 Bean Chocolate Chilli (vegan)

Yes I did say chocolate. Don't you add chocolate to your chilli? I'm sure some of you do. It gives the chilli a wonderful depth of flavour with less of a tomato taste.

I would love to claim this is a traditional Mexican dish, but it's not. Mexicans do add chocolate to dishes, but chilli con carne (or chilli non carne) came from the American Southwest not Mexico, so it is more of a Tex-Mex dish with a Mexican flourish.

I add bitter dark chocolate cocoa, but you can add cacao powder or even a few squares of dark chocolate.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (15 August 2016)

Happy Monday! How's your week been? We've had quite a quiet week. It was Cooper's last week before started back at school. We went out for dinner a couple of times, read books, watched movies and played board games and last night we ended the week with a two and a half hour walk with the dogs. It was good to get some fresh air.

Tonight I'm packing his lunch for tomorrow, his bag and getting his uniform ready, but before I do I wanted to share this week's selection of delicious veggie recipes. I do hope you try some of them.

Have a great week!


Tomato Gnocchi Bake with Cheesy Oat Crumble (vegan)

Vegan Tomato Gnocchi Bake with Cheesy Oat Crumble. An easy veggie family bake made with a fresh tomato sauce, gnocchi and a cheesy crumble topping. Serve with baby potatoes and vegetables. www.tinnedtomatoes.com

I hold my hands up. I've not successfully made homemade gnocchi yet. I admit I only tried a couple of times years ago and when It didn't taste as good as I thought it should I immediately gave up. 

This isn't a story about how I've spent the last few weeks perfecting the skill of gnocchi making. I'm sorry if that was what you were hoping for. I may try again sometime. I do think fresh gnocchi is far superior when served straight up with a sauce, but shop bought gnocchi is perfect if you want to fry it until it turns into crisp little potato parcels to serve with a meal or when you want to throw together a quick but substantial bake.

I've made gnocchi bakes before. One of my favourites is a tomato and aubergine (eggplant) gnocchi bake which is topped with oozing mozzarella (equally good with melty vegan mozzarella). It's utterly delicious. I also make a simple tomato and basil gnocchi bake which I can also highly recommend.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (8 August 2016)

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you are ready for a line-up of seven awesome veggie dishes for the week ahead plus a few bonus recipes.

Yes, it's Meat Free Monday. You may be veggie already, trying to cut down on meat or just trying to improve your diet. Well you've come to the right place for some tasty ideas. Enjoy!


Kidzania & 10 Ideas to Keep your Kids Entertained in London this Summer

10 fun things to do with kids this summer. Lots of free family ideas as we as one of the top new attractions.

We're just back from London. We flew in at the end of our holiday in North Cyprus for a few days and had a great time. We returned home exhausted but happy and Cooper extended his trip even further with a few days at his grandparents house.

I thought it might be fun and hopefully helpful to share some of the activities we enjoyed in London to give you ideas for your next trip.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (1 August 2016)

Happy Monday everyone. 

I'm back! 

We've been sunning ourselves in Cyprus, then had a few days in London. Such a good holiday. Cooper had such a good time and he can now swim, dive and swim underwater like a fish.

Have you had a holiday or a bit of time to yourself yet this summer? I do hope you give yourself a break, it's so important.

It's also important to eat well, so here I am with some fabulous vegetarian and vegan recipes for you to try. No matter if you are already veggie or vegan, or just trying to cut down on the amount of meat you eat. A vegetarian diet is so varied and exciting.

Tuck in!

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