Soy & Seitan "Ham"
The combination of tofu and soy or chickpea flour with the gluten makes a seitan that is tender, not rubbery, and which slices easily, even in VERY thin slices. The long kneading, resting, and slow-cooking method partially adapted from recipe by Ellen from http://www.ellenskitchen.com gives an incredible juicy, tender meat-like texture. This recipe makes outstanding sandwich material. Via: http://www.bryannaclarkgrogan.com/page/pag
The combination of tofu and soy or chickpea flour with the gluten makes a seitan that is tender, not rubbery, and which slices easily, even in VERY thin slices. The long kneading, resting, and slow-cooking method partially adapted from recipe by Ellen from http://www.ellenskitchen.com gives an incredible juicy, tender meat-like texture. This recipe makes outstanding sandwich material.
1 c. pure gluten powder (instant gluten flour; vital wheat gluten)
1/4 c. full-fat soy flour or chickpea flour
2 Tbs. nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic granules
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. hot water
1/3 c. soy “bacon” chips or bits (make sure this is a really tasty brand, like ClubHouse [made by McCormick’s] soy bacon “chips”, not the tasteless, salty, dark red bits thatyYou find in bulk)
6 oz. firm to extra-firm regular tofu (NOT silken), cut into small cubes
1/4 c. cold water
1-1/2 T. soy sauce
1-1/2 T. ketchup
2 c. hot water vegetarian “beefy” broth powder, cubes or paste for 2 c. broth (or, if you have none, use regular vegetarian broth, a little weaker than normal, with 1 tsp. Marmite or other yeast extract added, or 2 tsp. dark miso)
1/2 T. vegetarian “chicken-style” broth powder
1 T. roasted sesame oil
1 T. maple syrup OR brown sugar
1 T. ketchup
1 tsp. liquid smoke
Mix the Dry Mix ingredients in the bowl of your electric mixer with dough hook attachment, or place them in the bread machine in the order given. Add the Wet Mix and knead for about 10 minutes. (If your bread machine has a dough cycle—two kneads with a long rest in between—use that cycle. Otherwise, just run it through the kneading part and then unplug it and let it rest in the cover container, then plug it in again for another knead, then remove it,) Let rest for about 1 hour, covered. You can make your Cooking Broth at this time and have it ready. Then knead it for 10 more minutes.
(NOTE: You can knead by hand, too, but it’s tougher than bread dough. You may want to let the seitan dough sit for a while to soak up the liquid more thoroughly before you starting hand-kneading.)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
The dough should be quite shiny and smooth. Avoid breaking it up when you take it out of the bowl. Flatten the dough out into a long piece and form into a loaf. Place loaf in an oiled 8-1/2” x 4-1/2” loaf pan and press down a bit with your hand. Mix the Cooking Broth ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the loaf. Cover the loaf pan with foil and place in the oven. Immediately reduce the oven heat to 200 degrees F. Bake for 3 hours. Turn the loaf over, carefully loosening around the edges and from the bottom with a small, thin spatula first.
The loaf will have puffed up quite a bit by now, but it will flatten out as they cook further.
Turn heat back to 325 degrees F. Cover loaf and bake for 30 minutes. Turn it over again, cover and bake 15 minutes. Turn it over again and bake 15 more minutes, covered. Turn it over one last time and bake 5-10 minutes. The loaf should almost completely soak up the broth by the end of the cooking time. If it doesn't, cook until it does. There will be a bit of sticky “sauce” left in the bottom, which you can use to glaze the loaf. Remove from the pan and serve, or let cool. Can be frozen.
Makes approximately 1.5 lb. loaf: 6 servings
Number of Servings: 6
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user RADIOISOTOPE.