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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

Decadent and Delicious Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Not for nothing was chocolate once known as “food of the gods.” But success in making delicious bliss-in-every-bite chocolate truffles rests on the foundation of essential techniques and ingredients. Fran will discuss the best way to melt chocolate and why we “seed” to “temper” it, and how to choose among a variety of non-dairy options to replace the cream and butter. We’ll make traditional rolled truffles and also cut and shape some, in flavors ranging from classic to thrillingly new. They’re all vegan, gluten-free and can be made ahead and stored in your freezer until needed. Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles • Dark Chocolate Cashew Cream Truffles • Lemon-Olive Oil Truffles • Spicy Ginger Truffles • Curry in a Hurry Truffles • Aztec Truffles • Double Espresso Truffles • “Crème Fraîche” Truffles • Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles • Cake Truffles • Raw Cacao Super Food Truffles . (Vegan and gluten-free)




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Instructor: Fran Costigan

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