Here's the Vegan Challah Recipe Ella made for the Spring Dinner. For vegan Challah fanatics like me, what a treat!
Ella adapted the recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen. She tried other vegan challah recipes and this one was the best one that she came across.
1 1/2 Tbsp dry active yeast
1/4 cup warm water ("wrist" temperature)
1 3/4 cups bread flour
1 1/4 cups whole wheat bread flour
1/2 cup soy flour
1/2 Tbsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted Earth Balance
1 overripe (mostly black) bananas
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup cold water
sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or sea salt to top
1. In one small bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water, put to the side to stand for 5-10 minutes. The yeast should start to bubble and smell “yeasty.”
2. Mash bananas in other small bowl.
3. In large bowl mix: Earth Balance, sugar, salt, and boiling water, stirring so it's all mostly dissolved and the Earth Balance is melted.
4. Add the cold water to the large bowl (the mix should be warmish now but not hot). Stir in yeast mix. Do not stir the hot water directly into the yeast mixture, because the heat will kill some of the yeast.
5. Add bananas.
6. Add flour, one cup at a time.
7. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead for 5-10 min, dough should be smooth, not too stiff or too runny.
8. Lightly coat the large mixing bowl in oil, turn the dough in it to just coat it with oil, place a towel over the dough in the bowl and let it rise for about 1 hr, till double in volume.
9. Punch dough down, turn out and knead again 2-3 min. Divide dough into 3 sections, roll each section into long ropes and make a braid. Preheat the oven to 350.
10. Let the braid rise 45 min. Just before putting braids in the oven, brush them with a small amount of oil, then sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or sea salt.
Bake 30 min. You'll know they're done when you tap them on the bottom and they sound hollow. Let cool on a drying rack for 10 min before slicing. Enjoy!
photos by Yasmin