These are some questions about vegan baking (mostly) that I get a lot, so here is a comprehensive Q&A. Also with some questions I made up.
Q: What do you use to replace eggs?
A: There are lots of ways, depending on the recipe. Applesauce, banana, pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with 3 tablespoons water, soy yogurt, and many more. 1/4 cup of any of those replaces one egg. Applesauce may add a “healthy” flavor to a recipe, banana will make it taste like banana, pumpkin will add a hint of flavor, flax will make it slightly nutty, and soy yogurt doesn’t really impart a flavor, so use those ingredients with caution or use them appropriately. My personal favorite is making this soymilk/cornstarch goo by dissolving 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 1/2 cup soy milk and heating it up (either over the stove or in the microwave) until thick like pudding. Let cool and add to your recipe where it calls for two eggs.
I’ve memorized this answer exactly from answering it so much during the Vegan Cookie Connoisseur tour! I can say it in super speed too. Video response here instead, perhaps?
Q: What are your favorite recipes in the book?
A: Chocolate Peppermint Cream Bars for really impressing people, Hypnosis Cookies to bring the fancy, and Double Chocolate Chip Cookies for a straight up chocolate fudgy cookie that’s easy to make.
Q: How long did the book take to make? When did you make it?
A: Three years total. I started in summer 2007 right before my junior year of high school and spent the next two years baking, writing the recipes, testing, and writing the book. I got the book deal December 2009 and the majority of the process of creating the book with the publisher was finished summer 2010, for a November 2010 release. I promise the next one won’t take so long.
Q: Do you have plans for a new book?
A: Yes. I’m working on it right now.
Q: Do you want to open a bakery someday?
Q: How do you have time to go to school full time and do this?
A: I don’t sleep much!
Q: What are your favorite meals or desserts at vegan (or vegan-friendly) restaurants?