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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

Comforting Vegan Winter Desserts
Hands-OnNew Class

Chef Fran does it again! These cozy vegan desserts without dairy and eggs register high on the flavorometer. Get snuggly and warm and learn what winter dessert comfort is all about. Your kitchen will smell amazing. Pumpkin Cake with Cranberry Miroir Glaze; Lemon Teacakes with Lemon Glaze; Carrot Beet Torte with Chocolate Citrus-Spice Drizzle & Candied Carrot & Beet Shreds; Polenta Shortcakes with Winter Fruit Compote and Double Coconut Cream; Brown Rice & Quinoa Pudding with Maple Syrup Sauce (Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Option); Warm Apple-Dried Plum Strudel with Custard Sauce; Chai-Poached Apple Slump with Cashew Whipped Cream; Dried Fruit Wheat-Free Crumble with Cider Sauce (Gluten-Free); and Apple Butter Brown Betty Babies (Gluten-Free option). (Optional brandy)

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Instructor: Fran Costigan

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