12.23.2012

biscuits + mongolian seitan









Continuing with Catt's Birthday Week choices, above is a Meat Pie made with broccoli and ground TVP and below that is Mongolian Seitan with green beans. 

The biscuit has had me thinking; whenever I see a commercial for those biscuits in a tube, the result from the oven is a flaky, layered biscuit, one which the happy consumer can effectively tear off layers of goodness. 
I wanted to recreate that effect.

 Over Thanksgiving I was messing with making my own puff pastry, which requires multiple folds of buttered dough. I brought this same technique to biscuit making, rolling the dough out and folding into fourths about a dozen times. This is the same way that puff pastry achieves its many layers, except puff pastry requires a ton more vegan butter and a cooling-off period between each folding occasion.  

This biscuit is a poor-man's puff pastry, in that it uses a lot less butter and there is no cooling period required between folding. If you look at the biscuit in the picture, you will note that indeed this works - the biscuit (with the help of baking powder) rises and you can even peel the individual layers off. 

Mongolian Seitan is deep fried seitan (or TVP) in a garlic-ginger sauce with green onions. I added the green beans because I didn't have enough green onions and I simply wanted to add some veggies to the dish.

Both were very successful and Catt enjoyed her week of meals.

Happy Solstice Everyone! 

6 comments:

  1. Wow, that Mongolian deserves to be in regular rotation, I'm thinking!

    Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, and all good things to you and your family.

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  2. Looks so good. Did you post the recipe for the biscuits because I can't find them.

    Thank you!

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    1. Please email me for the recipe. Zsudever at yahoo dot com

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  3. These biscuits look amazing! Did you ever post the recipe, or is it in your book?

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    1. Vegan Heritage Press, my publisher, has posted the recipe! Yay!

      Here is the link:

      http://veganheritagepress.com/2014/09/vegan-flaky-buttermilk-herb-biscuits/

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