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Fran's 7th Annual Valentines Spectacular

Fran Costigan - Fran's 7th Annual Valentines Spectacular

This event was on Wednesday, February 08, 2023 at 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 pm Eastern

Join us for Fran Costigan’s 7th annual Valentine’s Day Spectacular live event, where renowned pastry chef and vegan dessert expert Fran Costigan will be showcasing her delicious and … Read More.



I see coconut or palm oil used frequently in baked goods. I'm concerned about the saturated fat content. What do you recommend as a substitute?

— Diane Aandal


I don't use very much. I don't use palm oil at all. There are some Butters that have palm oil as a component. You know, when I started doing this when I went from the traditional pastry world to try to create a modern vegan pastry kitchen. There was no vegan butter. That was any good. Well, there was nothing there was margarine hydrogenated margarine and people weren't using coconut oil. So I was using oil, you know a nice organic. I like sunflower oil. I like grape seed oil and I like extra virgin olive oil. So that's what I recommend and when you're subbing from butter. when you're not using Dairy butter and you're going to an oil you use three quarters the amount because there's no that's all you have to use.
Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan

Director of Vegan Pastry