Sep 5, 2016

pumpkin waffles & cider-maple syrup (aquafaba recipe)

I know, it's not fall just yet, but I have to tell you that cooler weather is truly my favorite part of the year. Besides that, I have to post recipes like these in plenty of time for you to see them, be stung by the autumn bug, remember you saw this post and be so relieved that you have a Pumpkin Waffle recipe all ready for the fixin'.

Crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, with plenty of pumpkin pie flavor to get you in the cooler weather mood, these waffles are topped with a two ingredient Cider-Maple Syrup; all the makings of the perfect fall swoon.

To make things even lighter, crisper and tender, this recipe uses aquafaba.

Aquafaba Tid Bits:

If you are using homemade aquafaba make sure it is nice and thick and viscous. If you are using canned aquafaba, reduce it by 1/3 before using to get the right consistency. Strain the aquafaba before using; warm aquafaba strains better because it is thinner. Aquafaba thickens as it cools.

The Pecan Pralines on these waffles are from my cookbook, Aquafaba: Sweet and Savory Vegan Recipes Made Egg-free with the Magic of Bean Water [Amazon, B&N].

For your convenience, I decided to make a video about this recipe instead of shooting still images. Check it out and subscribe to my channel so I can change the name of it from that random chain of letters and symbols YouTube assigns, to something a little more catchy, say, Zsu's Vegan Pantry.

Pumpkin Waffles with Cider-Maple Syrup
Makes 8 to 10 (4x4-inch) waffles

1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 cup maple syrup

1 cup oat flour
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot starch
2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1 cup solid, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup nondairy milk
1/4 cup aquafaba**
1/4 cup neutral-flavored oil
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice***
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1. Syrup: Add the cider to a small saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Cook the cider until it reduces to about 3 tablespoons, about 20 minutes. Add the maple syrup, stir and set aside. 
2. Combine the oat flour, all-purpose flour, cornstarch and baking powder in a small bowl. Whisk and set aside. In a separate medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, milk, aquafaba, oil, sugar, spice and salt. Whisk well to combine. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Set aside until the waffle iron preheats, about 5 minutes. 
3. Preheat the waffles iron according to manufacturer's directions. Add the recommended amount of batter to the iron and cook as directed. When the waffles is ready transfer it to a cooling rack. The waffle will become crisp after about 40 seconds.
4. Serve the waffles with vegan butter and the cider syrup. 

** Although aquafaba is best if homemade using the recipe provided in the book, you can use aquafaba from canned chickpeas. Use the organic, low-sodium, canned chickpeas and strain off the liquid into a measuring cup using a fine mesh strainer. Note the amount of liquid you acquired, then add it to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the liquid reduces by 1/3. Cool the aquafaba completely before using.

*** If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, use 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg. 

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Sep 2, 2016

pantry+ bean boulangerie

This classic dish is the French version of potatoes gratin. Traditionally, the uncooked dish was taken to the local baker and placed in their oven to bake for a few hours. The result was creamy and luscious potatoes that melted in your mouth.

The potatoes are simply cooked with broth, olive oil and plenty of thyme, but I've taken this dish and made it into a complete meal that is also Pantry+ friendly.

The recipe needs only 6 fresh ingredients and 5 pantry ingredients. Although it is easy to put together, it does take 2 hours to bake, so plan accordingly.

Bean Boulangerie:

baking dish
mandolin [this is the one I use]

Pantry ingredients are:
White beans
Diced tomatoes
Vegetable broth
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar

Fresh ingredients are:

I'm going to recite this recipe in layers of pictures since the dish itself is in layers. Use your mandolin to slice the vegetables directly in the dish and you will avoid an added bowl to clean.

Layer 1: the beans.  I used chickpeas that were crushed, but I recommend cannellini or another tender white bean instead.

Layer 2: carrots.

 Layer 3: onions.

Layer 4: tomatoes and fresh thyme.

Layer 5: potatoes.

Layer 6: seasonings, thyme, olive oil, broth.

Cover and bake and serve with a simple salad of lettuce and cucumbers, dressed with olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar to cut through the richness. It is amazing how broth and potatoes can create such a creamy and succulent dish!

Bean Boulangerie (a Pantry+ recipe)
Makes 4 servings
Pantry list is HERE.

2 cups cooked white beans, rinsed and drained if canned
2 medium carrots
1/2 medium onion
1 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained 
8 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
3 large red potatoes, peeled (about 24 ounces)
Sea salt, black pepper
3/4 cup vegetable broth
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
6 cups lettuce, chopped
1 small cucumber, peeled and seeded, chopped or cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or reduction*

1. Preheat the oven to 400-degrees F. Add the beans evenly to a 9x9-inch casserole dish. Use a mandoline to cut the carrots into thin strips on the diagonal and add it on top of the beans evenly. Use the mandoline to cut the onions into thin slices, adding it evenly to the casserole. Add the tomato evenly.  Add half the time on top of the tomatoes. 
2. Use the mandoline to cut the potatoes into thin slices and layer it evenly on top of the tomatoes. Add the rest of the thyme and season generously with salt and black pepper. Add the broth to the casserole and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cover the dish with parchment paper and then cover well with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover, reduce the temperature to 350-degrees and continue to bake until tender and golden brown, about 45 more minutes.
3. Allow the casserole to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Make the salad by combining the lettuce and cucumber in a medium bowl. Drizzle with the vinegar and the remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and serve with the casserole.  

*Balsamic Reduction

1 cup balsamic vinegar

Add the vinegar to a medium saucepan. Turn on the oven vents; the vinegar smell will be quite strong. Bring to a boil, reduce to a strong simmer and cook until reduced to 1/2 cup. Transfer to a mason jar set on a kitchen towel and allow to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container in the pantry. 

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