Traveling Vegan: A day at the Museum

Saturday my husband, 2 setpchildren, and I went to the Museum of Science in Boston (www.mos.org). I am always partially worried/terrified during a trip out because not only do all three of them have a dairy intolerance but I am vegan and that is like being Food Court intolerant. There are apps for what you can eat at the fast food places but sometimes they will list a bread roll, ketchup, and shredded lettuce. Not exactly a meal or even tempting to want to try. I am not a super vegan either so french fries even if they are in the chicken finger oil do not bother me, I am still on the fence about honey, and I don’t argue over things like what type of sugar is in this soda. That being said I am more flexible when I go out but still not always flexible enough not to pack a lunch and I really can’t stomach too much junk food anymore anyhow.

When I got up Saturday morning I made little goodie bags for all of us full of snacks to take to the MOS. Everyone got an apple, a granola bar (minus me, I gave my husband 2 due to a casein issue), and then a cheese danish square I made with the girls the night before (recipe to follow). This was easy and allowed for a decent snack that filled everyone up. However to my suprise they have an amazing salad bar at the Museum of Science in Boston. This is a new thing so I encourage everyone to take a website looksie when going to places like the MOS. They really cater to food allergies and healthy living these days. Especially Science Museums! Also, it is a nice day out to have fun, explore, and learn! Although I do wish they had a bigger section dedicated to food!

Cheese Danish Squares

  • 2 Puff Pastry Sheets (I use Pepperidge Farms http://www.puffpastry.com/)
  • 1 8oz tub Vegan Cream Cheese (I use either Tofutti or Galaxy)
  • 1/2cup Brown Sugar
  • 1tsp-1tbsp Cinnamon (to taste)
  • 2tbsp Earth Butter (stick form is easiest)
  • Vegan Granulated Sugar or Vanilla Sugar (to sprinkle on top)

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Lightly butter or oil a cookie sheet and place on of the puff pastry sheets down on top completely rolled out.

In a medium size mixing bowl combine cream cheese, butter, and brown sugar together. Add cinnamon to taste last. I prefer a whole tablespoon of a mild cinnamon like Ceylon Cinnamon.

Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the pastry dough. Then top with cream cheese mixture.

Place the next layer of dough on top. Sprinkly with cinnamon and vanilla sugar or granulated sugar. I buy vanilla sugar from Penzey’s, like most of my spices.

Place in the oven for roughly 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and flaky and the filling has melted and is lightly pouring out the edges.

Cut with a long flat knife or pastry cutter into squares. Serve slightly warm or cold.

Never serve hot as the cheese filling gets lava-like!

If you want to get fancy you can pre slice the dough into strips and roll it into yummy cheesecake cinnamon rolls!

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