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Los Bruncheles: New York Edition

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Naked cinnamon rolls.  Food porn.

Sunday!!  It was snowy and windy and my favorite people were in town, making a New York stop before heading to D.C. for the most exciting day evar!

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What a perfect time for a brunch, amiright?  Presidents love brunch!  I think President Obama would approve of this Apple Cider Cinnamon Roll recipe that I adapted from a recipe on veganrepresent.com.

Ingredients

Rolls

2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 C unbleached sugar

1 C apple cider, warmed

2 eggs worth of egg replacer OR 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds whisked together with 6 tbsp hot water

1/3 C vegan margarine, melted

4 1/2 C unbleached flour

1 tsp salt

1 C brown sugar, packed

2 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/3 C vegan margarine, softened

Frosting

1/2 C soymilk

1/4 C vegan margarine, softened

1 1/2 C powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 t salt

Directions

Mix yeast, sugar, and heated apple cider in a large mixing bowl and let stand until foamy.

Add egg replacer, melted margarine, flour, and salt. Mix well and knead for 5-10 minutes. The dough should be firm and smooth, not sticky. Set the dough aside in a covered bowl and let double in size.

After the dough has doubled, turn it out onto a floured work surface, cover, and let rest for 10 more minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.

Roll dough into a 16×21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with margarine and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 sections with a sharp knife.

Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. (A cookie sheet also works fine.) Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together soymilk, margarine, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

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I may have accidentally bought crack rather than powdered sugar.  Following the consumption of one of these little fellas, I had heart palpatations and the overwhelming urge to dance like Jennifer Beals.

It is always best to exercise restraint.

I’ve tried a few different recipes for cinnamon rolls and I think the search is over.  I’ve already sent the recipe out to two people who begged at my feet – their faces smeared with icing and tears of joy.  This post is getting gross.

Oh yeah and I made this stunner as well:

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Mmkay maybe not so pretty?  This is a Tofu Frittata!  I found the recipe at Kaji’s Mom’s blog. I changed up some of the veggies because I am in love with sun-dried tomatoes.  Here it is:

1 block extra firm silken tofu (I used mori-nu aseptically sealed), drained
1 clove garlic pressed
2Tb nutritional yeast
3-4Tb unsweetened soy milk (may need more if it doesn’t blend smoothly)
1/4tsp turmeric (optional, for color)

1/4 C chopped (yes!)sun-dried tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic diced into large pieces
1C chopped spinach
1Tb olive oil

-Heat
olive oil in a small cast iron skillet over medium heat, add the onion and
garlic, cook until onion is translucent.  Add sun-dried tomatoes and heat over a low flame until spinach wilts.

-While the vegetables are
cooking add the tofu to your food processor and puree until the tofu
looks a little like cottage cheese. Add the garlic, nutritional yeast,
soy milk, and turmeric. Puree until the mixture is completely smooth
and resembles a thick yogurt.

-Preheat oven to 350.

-When

veggies are cooked and tofu is smooth remove the skillet from the stove, and stir in the tofu mixture and smooth
over the top, making sure the middle is a little shallower than the
sides so that it cooks through.

-Bake for 20-25 minutes, until
the top is a light gold. Then turn off oven and leave in the oven for
another 10-15 minutes to give it time to set up and finish cooking
without burning.

-Serve hot

After all that cooking, you’re going to need a nap.  You deserve it!

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Daring Bakers October Challenge: Pizza

I can’t believe I managed to get this challenge done!  I finished last night – right under the wire!  This month was originally supposed to be hosted by Rosa’s Yummy Yums with Sherry at http://www.whatdidyoueat.typepad.com/ and Glenna at http://www.afridgefulloffood.typepad.com/.  In a sad turn of events, Sherry suffered a heart attack and passed away.  This month’s post is in honor of her.

~ BASIC PIZZA DOUGH ~
Original recipe taken from “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice” by Peter Reinhart.

Makes 6 pizza crusts (about 9-12 inches/23-30 cm in diameter).

Ingredients:
4 1/2 Cups (20 1/4 ounces/607.5 g) Unbleached high-gluten (%14) bread flour or all purpose flour, chilled – FOR GF: 4 ½ cups GF Flour Blend with xanthan gum or 1 cup brown rice flour, 1 cup corn flour, 1 cup oat flour, 1 ½ cup arrowroot, potato or tapioca starch + 2 tsp xanthan or guar gum
1 3/4 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Instant yeast – FOR GF use 2 tsp
1/4 Cup (2 ounces/60g) Olive oil or vegetable oil (both optional, but it’s better with)
1 3/4 Cups (14 ounces/420g or 420ml) Water, ice cold (40° F/4.5° C)
1 Tb sugar – FOR GF use agave syrup
Semolina/durum flour or cornmeal for dusting

DAY ONE

Method:
1. Mix together the flour, salt and instant yeast in a big bowl (or in the bowl of your stand mixer).

2. Add the oil, sugar and cold water and mix well (with the help of a large wooden spoon or with the paddle attachment, on low speed) in order to form a sticky ball of dough. On a clean surface, knead for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and the ingredients are homogeneously distributed. If it is too wet, add a little flour (not too much, though) and if it is too dry add 1 or 2 teaspoons extra water.

NOTE: If you are using an electric mixer, switch to the dough hook and mix on medium speed for the same amount of time.The dough should clear the sides of the bowl but stick to the bottom of the bowl. If the dough is too wet, sprinkle in a little more flour, so that it clears the sides. If, on the contrary, it clears the bottom of the bowl, dribble in a teaspoon or two of cold water.
The finished dough should be springy, elastic, and sticky, not just tacky, and register 50°-55° F/10°-13° C.

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2.  FOR GF: Add the oil, sugar or agave syrup and cold water, then mix well (with the help of a large wooden spoon or with the paddle attachment, on low speed) in order to form a sticky ball of dough.

3. Flour a work surface or counter.  Line a jelly pan with baking paper/parchment. Lightly oil the paper.

4. With the help of a metal or plastic dough scraper, cut the dough into 6 equal pieces (or larger if you want to make larger pizzas).

NOTE: To avoid the dough from sticking to the scraper, dip the scraper into water between cuts.

5. Sprinkle some flour over the dough. Make sure your hands are dry and then flour them.  Gently round each piece into a ball.

NOTE: If the dough sticks to your hands, then dip your hands into the flour again.

6. Transfer the dough balls to the lined jelly pan and mist them generously with spray oil. Slip the pan into plastic bag or enclose in plastic food wrap.

7. Put the pan into the refrigerator and let the dough rest overnight or for up to thee days.

NOTE: You can store the dough balls in a zippered freezer bag if you want to save some of the dough for any future baking. In that case, pour some oil(a few tablespooons only) in a medium bowl and dip each dough ball into the oil, so that it is completely covered in oil. Then put each ball into a separate bag. Store the bags in the freezer for no longer than 3 months. The day before you plan to make pizza, remember to transfer the dough balls from the freezer to the refrigerator.

DAY TWO

8. On the day you plan to eat pizza, exactly 2 hours before you make it, remove the desired number of dough balls from the refrigerator. Dust the counter with flour and spray lightly with oil. Place the dough balls on a floured surface and sprinkle them with flour. Dust your hands with flour and delicately press the dough into disks about 1/2 inch/1.3 cm thick and 5 inches/12.7 cm in diameter. Sprinkle with flour and mist with oil. Loosely cover the dough rounds with plastic wrap and then allow to rest for 2 hours.

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8.  FOR GF:  On the day you plan to eat pizza, exactly 2 hours before you make it, remove the number of desired dough balls from the refrigerator.  Place on a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle with a gluten free flour. Delicately press the dough into disks about ½ inch/1.3 cm thick and 5 inches/12.7 cm in diameter. Sprinkle the dough with flour, mist it again with spray oil. Lightly cover the dough round with a sheet of parchment paper and allow to rest for 2 hours.

9. At least 45 minutes before making the pizza, place a baking stone on the lower third of the oven.  Preheat the oven as hot as possible (500° F/260° C).

NOTE: If you do not have a baking stone, then use the back of a jelly pan. Do not preheat the pan.

10. Generously sprinkle the back of a jelly pan with semolina/durum flour or cornmeal. Flour your hands (palms, backs and knuckles). Take 1 piece of dough by lifting it with a pastry scraper. Lay the dough across your fists in a very delicate way and carefully stretch it by bouncing it in a circular motion on your hands, and by giving it a little stretch with each bounce. Once the dough has expanded outward, move to a full toss.

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10.  FOR GF: Press the dough into the shape you want (about 9-12 inches/23-30 cm in diameter – for a 6 ounces/180g piece of dough).

NOTE: Make only one pizza at a time.
During the tossing process, if the dough tends to stick to your hands, lay it down on the floured counter and reflour your hands, then continue the tossing and shaping.
In case you would be having trouble tossing the dough or if the dough never wants to expand and always springs back, let it rest for approximately 5-20 minutes in order for the gluten to relax fully,then try again.
You can also resort to using a rolling pin, although it isn’t as effective as the toss method.

11. When the dough has the shape you want (about 9-12 inches/23-30 cm in diameter – for a 6 ounces/180g piece of dough), place it on the back of the jelly pan, making sure there is enough semolina/durum flour or cornmeal to allow it to slide and not stick to the pan.

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11.  FOR GF: Lightly top it with sweet or savory toppings of your choice.

12. Lightly top it with sweet or savory toppings of your choice.

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12.  FOR GF:  Place the garnished pizza on the parchment paper onto the stone in the oven or bake directly on the jelly pan. Close the door and bake for about 5-8 minutes.

NOTE: Remember that the best pizzas are topped not too generously. No more than 3 or 4 toppings (including sauce and cheese) are sufficient.

13. Slide the garnished pizza onto the stone in the oven or bake directly on the jelly pan. Close the door and bake for abour 5-8 minutes.

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13.  FOR GF:  Follow the notes for this step.

NOTE: After 2 minutes baking, take a peek. For an even baking, rotate 180°.

If the top gets done before the bottom, you will need to move the stone or jelly pane to a lower shelf before the next round. On the contrary, if the bottom crisps before the cheese caramelizes, then you will need to raise the stone or jelly.

14. Take the pizza out of the oven and transfer it to a cutting board or your plate. In order to allow the cheese to set a little, wait 3-5 minutes before slicing or serving.

My Adjustments

I am trying to stay away from wheat right now, but I really wanted to make this recipe!  Rather than make a GF pizza, I decided to try the spelt flour I already had on hand.  The results were great!  The crust is crunch on the edges and held up very well in the middle.  My tosses were sad little hops and flops and the first crust I ended up just spreading out with my fingers.  The second crust, however, was successful!!  I felt a mild sense of pride and accomplishment!  On my first pizza, I made a walnut-pesto and topped that with sun-dried tomatoes (which burned, oops) and soy feta.  I think I can live without the feta next time, but it sure looked neat.  On my second pizza, I went for a classic and made a tomato sauce and topped it with For Your Heart mozarella and soy pepperoni.  I just had some for breakfast.  Don’t tell anyone.