OK it's been a while since The Vicious Babushka has added anything to this blog.
No, we haven't gone "full Vegan" or even "Vegetarian." We love our chicken & burgers & pizza too much. But we do have a loved one who is Vegan and whenever this person comes to visit we want them to be happy.
OK we just found out that Our Vegan is unable to join us for the upcoming holiday, but we already baked the challah so here is the recipe:
2 pkg. instant yeast
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 c. warm water
Combine yeast, sugar & warm water in a small bowl. Allow to ferment (about 10 min)
2 1/2 c. warm water
4 c. bread flour
4 c. whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1/2 c. light olive oil
1/2 c. maple syrup (NOT "Log Cabin" or any other crap high fructose corn pancake syrup! Use the real stuff from Maple Trees!)
150 gr. sourdough starter OR (if you're not a sourdough fan like I am & don't have a bunch of this stuff on hand at all times)
4 Tbsp baking soda + 4 Tbsp white vinegar
Mix water and 4 c. bread flour in mixer with the dough hook. Let rest for 25 minutes. Then add:
Whole wheat flour, salt, yeast mixture, oil & maple syrup, and (sourdough starter OR baking soda/vinegar mix).
Knead with dough hook for 10-12 minutes.
Place dough into a large bowl sprayed with nonstick spray. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and a towel. Let rise for 1 hour.
Punch (or fold) dough and let rise for 1 more hour, then punch & rise again for another hour.
Preheat oven to 375°
Punch down dough. Place on a floured bread board. Cut dough into 2 pieces, shape into balls and let rest for 15 minutes.
This recipe will make 2 large challahs, 4 medium, 8 small or 16 individual rolls. Shape or braid as your prefer.
Instead of egg wash (this is Vegan!) brush the loaves with olive oil or maple syrup. Sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.
Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.