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.


Veg-In-Training said...

Yippee! That Challah looks devine. You are the bread making hero. I will be bugging you for subs once I get the book for sure.

Bianca said...

Aw, I'm kinda scared of break-bakin'. I've tried a few recipes, but all were already vegan. I should grow some balls and try veganizing Reinhart's recipes. I do love Ener-G egg replacer in certain things. It's a MUST in my cornbread recipe. BTW, I don't know if you've seen yet (cause I haven't checked my blog comments all day), but I showed everybody that cute ass jar of Marmite you gave me!

Mihl said...

Your challah looks so good!
I also love Reinhard's books and have two. I have had good success with omitting eggs altogether (cinnamon rolls) but I am aware that this won't work with every recipe.
Thank you so much for this post. If I get that new book and have questions, I'll come back here. :)