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Fran Costigan, the “queen of vegan desserts,” is an internationally recognized pastry chef, culinary instructor, and the author of More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts and Great Good Dairy Free Desserts. Her third book, Vegan Chocolate, will be released in fall 2013. She is a graduate of the NY Restaurant School and CTP, and a former pastry chef at several establishments including Angelica Kitchen. Fran has been a featured chef at such diverse venues as Dr. John McDougall’s Celebrity Chef Weekend, NAVS Summerfest, Toronto VegFest, Earthsave Taste of Health, to name a few. She has also been featured on the Discovery Health Channel and Nightline, and selected as “one of the most interesting players in the food and drink arena.” Fran’s website is


Pastry Arts & Desserts

Creamiest Chocolate Vegan Desserts

Fran’s creamy, chocolate-y, custard-y desserts really hit the sweet spot. You’ll thicken them without dairy or eggs; stir up sauces that complement or contrast; even create an “instant” pudding mix to keep on hand for last-minute needs. There’s great variety and texture here and each one is intensely satisfying. Triple Chocolate Trifle: Gluten-Free Brownies, Chocolate Cream & Chocolate Sauce • Light Chocolate Panna Cotta with Tangy Chocolate Sauce & Coconut Banana Mélange • Spicy-Sweet Silken Mexican Chocolate Tofu Mousse with Cinnamon-Scented Agave Cacao Nib Sauce • Chocolate Tapioca Pudding • Poire Belle Helene: Chocolate Coconut Cloud Cream, Ultimate Chocolate Sauce & Ice Cream • Pistachio-Studded Raw Chocolate-Avocado Mousse with Candied Pistachio Cocoa Sauce • White Chocolate and Green Tea Cream Parfait with Chewy Mochi Garnish.

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Instructor: Fran Costigan

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