Thursday, February 26, 2009

Deep Dish Pizza Dough and Bread Bowls

Well, hello there! It's been a while, I know. Celine and I have been feverishly working on and testing for 500 Vegan Recipes, and oh boy, are there some awesome foods coming out of our test kitchens! Check out the pictures over on the flickr pool.

I thought I'd share one of those 500 with you guys, after all I haven't posted a new recipe here in almost a month!

This is actually two recipes in one. This dough makes an awesome cast iron deep dish pizza, but more interestingly, it makes virtually indestructible bread bowls for soup! One of the testers stress tested a bread bowl with five bowls of soup and reported absolutely no leakage. I don't necessarily recommend eating five bowls of soup in one sitting, but you can rest assured that you will safely make it through one or two!

Home Made Bread Bowl filled with Rustic Potato Leek Soup

Deep Dish Cast Iron Pizza topped with Bechamel, Basil and Tomatoes

1/4 ounce (1 packet) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
additional olive oil

Mix together yeast, sugar and warm water. Let stand ten minutes. In a mixing bowl, mix together flours and salt. Add in yeast mixture, water and olive oil. Adding more all purpose flour if too wet, more water if too dry, a little bit at a time. Your goal is a soft elastic dough ball that is easy to handle and not sticky. Knead for about 10 minutes. Divide into two, form into a ball. Brush with a light coat of olive oil, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for one hour.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Punch down the dough, knead an additional 2-3 minutes and form into a pizza crust. Bake with your favorite toppings for about 10 minutes, or until crust is a nice golden brown.

Yield:2, 10 inch crusts

Note that I made mine in a cast iron skillet and my husband made his on a cookie sheet. They both cooked for the same amount of time, but he pressed his out much thinner so he got about a twelve incher, while mine was only about 9 inches. Both yielded excellent results.

Bread Bowl Variation
I made up a double batch of this dough. With the remaining two pieces, I formed them into balls (skipping the second knead), cut a few slits across the top, baked at 400 for 15 minutes, removed, brushed with nondairy butter, baked an additional 5 minutes…BREAD BOWLS FOR SOUP!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

And the winner is...

(From the Forum contest)

AND THE WINNER IS! (Selected by a random number generator.) #20!

Bethamphetamine says:
"I gotta agree with afoolsays on the salt thing. Especially if you're making your own food at home, it just brings out so much flavor. I can't live without it!"

CONGRATULATIONS! I will send you an email to get your address and send out your $50 Gift card to Whole Foods Market. YAY!

I had so much fun reading all of your entries. It seems a lot of you guys really like beans! Nutritional yeast didn't get nearly as many votes as I thought it would have, but vegenaise harnessed a few (that's one of my faves!)

Some noteable entries included:
VeganSpinz wrote a love poem!
"Here's my sappy Vegan Love Poem (in honor of Valentine's Day):
Oh my love has blossomed this year
For this ingredient it is so clear
It's enriched my soups and sauces with ease
Makes an outstanding Mac 'n' Cheeze
It's even perfection just by itself
And never lasts very long on my shelf
I love it raw, roasted, and in a saute
Not for a person who's allergic, but hey?
You can't blame me for loving a nut like you
The incredible, edible (egg?)...NO, cashew!"

And pandawithcookie?
"My favorite vegan ingredient is the love I put into all my baked goods. That way I don't have to use egg replacer."


Check back often for new contests.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


I know that some of you had been asking about non-hydrogenated imitation bacon bits...from there I invented my own, but they weren't exactly the same as the store bought stuff...My gift to you, Bac'uns, by Fronteir Natural Products. Organic and nonhydrogenated vegan bacon bits. Hickory flavored. They'll get the job done.

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