Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wafers with Chocolate Filling # Vegan MoFo

I have fond memories of making these wafers with my mom for special occasions and when our Sweet Tooth came calling. The base of this recipe are big wafers which can be purchased at any European grocery store for less than $3.00 a package.

The wafers are accidentally vegan and the ingredients should include nothing more than wheat flour, oil, salt, soy lecithin and ammonium carbonate. If you are not able to find these wafers, then you may be out of luck with going forward with this recipe.

Perhaps the wafers can be substituted with something else, like cookies or the filling can be used for crepes? Hmm...that's an idea.


Wafers with Chocolate Filling
Wafers with Chocolate Filling

1 package of wafers, 5 large wafers per package (6-oz)
1 vegan dark chocolate bar of choice (3.5-oz), broken to pieces or chopped
1.5 cups unsweetened plant milk of choice (I used soy milk)
1/2 cup raw cane sugar
1/2 cup raisins, chopped
1/2 cup nuts or seeds of choice, chopped (I used raw blanched almonds)
1/2 cup vegan butter
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

I was very excited about stumbling upon this particular chocolate while grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. It was perfect for this recipe. 
In a medium pot, add milk and sugar, and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to low and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the milk reduces and thickens.

In the meantime, chop the chocolate, raisins and nuts. Now add the vegan butter to the pan and allow few minutes for melting. Now add the chocolate, and cocoa powder and continue stirring until melted and well incorporated. Turn off the heat.

Add vanilla extract, raisins and nuts. Mix well and allow about 10-15 minutes cooling time. The mixture will thicken a bit.

Chocolate filling mixture after 10-15 minutes of cooling. 
To assemble, place a wafer on the counter, large holes facing up to absorb the filling, and spoon about 1/4 cup or so of filling on each wafer. Spread it evenly. Place another wafer on top and continue doing so until all the wafers are used.

Chocolate mixture spread "evenly" on the wafer.
Place something heavy on top of the wafers, and allow about 20 minutes for the wafers to stick together.

I used what I had on hand, mainly a jar of marinara sauce, popcorn, and some cans of beans. 
Once the wafers have dried, cut them to size of choice, and store them in a tight container for 3-4 days.


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