vegan

Thermomix Charcoal Bread

I found this recipe in Alyce Alexandra's blog. I made it a couple of times and it works very well.

Makes one loaf.

Ingredients
400g baker’s flour
2 tsp food-grade activated charcoal
1 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp fine salt
300g warm water

Method:
Place flour, charcoal, yeast, salt and water in TM bowl, mix for 6 seconds, speed 6. 

Knead for 2 minutes, interval speed. You are looking for a sticky consistency where the dough adheres to the bottom of the TM bowl, but releases from the side of the bowl. Add more flour if dough sticks to sides of the TM bowl. 

Place dough into an oiled bowl. Use a spatula to rotate the dough in the bowl coating completely in oil. Cover with a tea towel and set aside in a warm place to double in size. 

Once dough has doubled in size, tip onto a lined baking tray. Shape into a tight round by tucking the dough underneath itself using the edge of your palms. Oil your hands if sticking. Flour can be used if necessary, although the finished product is better if no flour has been used in shaping. 

Spray with water and set aside to prove for 30 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 230°C.

Place loaf in oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and hollow sounding top and bottom when tapped. 

Allow to cool for a minimum of 15 minutes prior to slicing. 

Castagnaccio

The chestnut pie it's a simple Tuscan dish. My grandma would cook this recipe in autumn when chestnuts start to fall.
It's great alone but it's usually served with ricotta cheese and blackberry jam but any soft cheese and Nutella will do too.

Time: 35m

Ingredients:
500gr chestnut flour
2 glasses of water
pine nuts
rosemary
olive oil
walnuts (optional)
raisins (optional)

Method:
Heat the oven at 180°C.

Mix the chestnut flour with water and a tablespoon of olive oil till becomes creamy.

Lay the mix in a 25cm backing tray. Once in it should be no more than one cm high.

Add rosemary, pine nuts (raisins and walnuts optional) on the top.

Leave in the oven for 30 minutes. Brush some oil on the top when the pie starts cracking.

Vegan Omelette

Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 cup chickpea flour
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 cup water
Salt, pepper, spices

Method:
Heat up a frying pan on medium-high settings.
In the meantime combine all the ingredients together in a bowl, breaking up any lumps (I use the blender).
When the pan is hot, pour in half the batter. 
Cook without touching the batter till there are bubbles in the middle.  
Gently flip over and cook for a further minute or two, until the other side is completely cooked.  
Place on a plate, then cook the rest of the batter.