Christmas Market Inspiration: Food

Vegan Churros and Non-dairy Crepes with firelight
One thing I love about Christmas markets is all the food. It´s just so convenient and always so delicious. I probably spend way too much money on food in December (oops). Unfortunately, there´s only ever a small selection of food for me as I´m dairy intolerant. Our local Christmas market only has one vegetarian/vegan stall that is super expensive, so I mostly end up just eating fries and/or Bratwurst. Still food is such an important part of Christmas markets that I thought I´d turn two of my favourite snacks into non-dairy/vegan recipes. That way everyone can have a bit of Christmas at home. Also these make your home smell delicious!

Vegan Crepe with chocolate sauce and fairy lights

Vegan Crepes

What you need:
24g non-dairy margarine
200g flour
240ml non-dairy milk
240ml soda
2tbsp sugar
1.5 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
  1. Mix together all your dry ingredients. Then add milk and water in one and stir well until there are no clumps left. To achieve a clump-less batter I like to sieve all dry ingredients before adding the fluids.
  2. Melt your margarine in the microwave and stir into the batter.
  3. Heat up a pan to medium-high heat. Depending on your pan you might need to add just a tiny bit of oil. Then pour in a few spoonfuls of your batter, take the pan off the heat and swirl it around to evenly spread the batter. Then set it back on the heat. Flip the crepe once the edges turn brown.
  4. Add whatever filling you´d like. Personally I love cinnamon and sugar. But you could also add some vegan chocolate or even vegan cheese. Get creative!
  5. Fold your crepe in half and serve it.
Tip: It can take a while to get just the right amount of batter for your perfectly thing crepe. Just keep practicing!

Vegan Churros with chocolate sauce and fairy lights

Non-dairy Churros (with vegan option)

What you need:
250ml water
150g flour
2tbsp oil
1/2tsp cinnamon
1/2tsp baking soda
1tbsp sugar
2 eggs
  1. Heat up the water and oil in a pot on the stove. Once its boiling stir in your sugar until it´s fully dissolved.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium and sieve in your dry ingredients. Stir until a sticky dough has formed that comes loose from the pot.
  3. Transfer your dough into a mixing bowl and let it cool for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Add your eggs to the dough and stir well. This can tanke a while and give your arm muscles a really good workout. Just don´t give up. The dough will form somehow.
  5. Fill the dough into a sturdy piping back with a star tip. It´s important that your piping back is very sturdy. I had a lot of piping bags rip. Now I´ve bought this kind of advanced version that looks like syringe and is made from plastic. I found this to work really well. 
  6. In a pot heat about two fingers high of oil until a wooden skewer creates bubbles. Then pipe about 15cm long strips of dough into the hot oil. I like to cut the end of the dough with scissors. Don´t forget to turn your churros around so that they´re golden from both sides.
  7. Lay the ready churros on a few slides of kitchen paper to get rid of any extra oil. Then while they´re still hot roll them in a bit of sugar and serve them with some chocolate sauce.
Vegan option: Forget about the whole eggs part and instead add an extra tablespoon of oil and us as much flour as you do water. You´ll get pretty much the same result!

Primark Fairylights on Primark Blanket with vegan churros in the background

I´ve made both recipes on several occasions so far and they´ve always been a hit with my friend. Nobody could tell that these were non-dairy/vegan recipes so that´s a very good thing. Also I went home with empty boxes every time which for my friends is almost unheard of. As I´ve been experimenting with both recipes a bit more lately I´ve had crepes and/or churros almost every day. Now I´m not even jealous when people eat crepes on Christmas markets anymore because I know I can just make ones at home that are just as good if not even better! Also you can check out my recipe for Apple Roses that I shared at the beginning of the year. They´re delicious during this season as well!

What´s your favourite Christmas market food?

12 comments

  1. Thanks for the vegan crepes recipe, I was looking for one recently and I am glad I found this!!! I will try to make them this afternoon, yummyy!!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You´re very welcome! I can say that I absolutely love this recipe. I hope your try went well!
      xx Lisa

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Thank you. These are delicious too (if I may say so myself)
      xx Lisa

      Delete
  3. omg the churros and crepes look so delicious! I had crepes just yesterday but now I'm craving more
    Dora
    http://www.adropofindigo.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Can you ever have enough crepes though?!
      xx Lisa

      Delete
  4. I definitely need to try these out - I make dairy-free pancakes with bananas but I do miss the taste of crepes sometimes, plus they look delicious! Last time I went to a Christmas market there was only one veggie option (and it had cheese in it) so we ended up going somewhere else for food. I was quite disappointed at the lack of choice! xx

    Toasty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I´m so disappointed with the selection as well! And most of the actual vegan/vegetarian food costs so much money that I´m just not willing to pay. Also just imagine trying to ask someone if there is any dairy in a certain kind of food. There´s just no chance to get a real answer! That´s why I decided to make my own ;)
      xx Lisa

      Delete
  5. This is awesome I hate feeling left out at Christmas just because I am a veggie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! I feel left out sometimes too. That´s why I love having Christmas at home because at least my family cares about my food restrictions. Also that´s why I decided to make my own food ;)
      xx Lisa

      Delete

If you enjoyed my little ramble, why don´t you leave me a comment with your thoughts on it? Every little comment makes me really happy and I will try to reply to all of you.