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Behind the Scenes at the Vegan Bake-Off

By Lisa Le, Toronto Vegetarian Association volunteer and past Vegan Bake-Off champ! In 2012, when I first moved to Toronto, I felt overwhelmed by the big city. I had just moved from Ottawa and relocated for graduate school. Away from friends, my partner, and my network of people to study in Toronto, I found myself spending a lot of time alone, so I used that extra time to develop recipes for my food blog. About four months later (and many cupcakes and cookies later), my roommate showed me a flyer for the 5th Vegan Bake Off and encouraged me to enter. At first I was hesitant—100 sample servings? That seemed like a lot. And vegan baked goods? I wasn’t vegan then, and I had no idea where to start when it came to baking vegan. After some research, it turns out that vegan baking isn’t really that much harder than non-vegan baking. There were so many alternatives for eggs: flax meal and water, chia seeds and water, commercial egg replacers, silken tofu, fruit and vegetable purees—there were so many different alternatives. Milk alternatives were easy to figure out: almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, galore. I was invigorated and excited. Read More


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