Thursday, October 29, 2009
Vegan MoFo Day 29: New Reinhart Book
Yesterday, I received a copy of Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day in the mail. Here's the FTC full disclosure part: I was a tester for this book, but no free copies were involved. (There were literally hundreds of testers, so tester copies weren't possible.) I made almost all the recipes, and enjoyed them immensely. I have been a big Reinhart fan ever since Brother Juniper's Bread Book, which remains a favorite.
The good news: In the introductory material, Reinhart clearly states that substitutes for dairy, eggs, and honey will work well in the recipes, and mentions some specifically, e.g., agave for honey. He was always open to my veganizing during testing. The less useful news: Individual recipes don't have vegan suggestions, and - especially with eggs - some substitutions work better in certain cases. If anyone needs input on a specific recipe, let me know. I am happy to share my experiments with you. Above you see the challah, which worked shockingly well with Ener-G Egg Replacer, which I do not normally enjoy in baked goods. I replaced the egg yolks with 1/4 c Ener-G whisked together with 1/2 c soy milk. I think the vanilla in the dough cancelled out any possible off-taste from the Ener-G. Instead of an egg wash, I brush the tops with some dark coffee, into which I had mixed a spoonful of maple syrup. With the chocolate babka, I replaced the eggs with a mixture of mashed banana and ground flaxseed, again with success. Every recipe was a little different - and some were already vegan.
It's a great book - really a must-have, in my opinion, if you are interested in baking.
Posted by JohnP at 12:01 AM