Wheaten Bread is popular in Ireland, (known as Wheaten Bread in the North and as Soda Bread in the South) and is traditionally made with buttermilk. It is a yeast-free bread and is therefore very quick to make.
Credit for this recipe goes to Nature’s Gate wholefood shop in Edinburgh, sadly now no longer in existence. This “Festive Roast” is so easy to make, turns out so well and has a very pleasant taste and texture that it has been the centrepiece of my Christmas day dinner for the last goodness knows how many years. (I say it is easy to make, but I suppose that is assuming you have access to a food processor to make the breadcrumbs, pulverise the cashew nuts and mix the tofu and stock together!)
This is another recipe for the sweet tooth and again it is inspired partly by the Engine Shed Recipe Book, though the initial credit must go to our friend Sheila Hyslop. Warning: the vegan adaptation is still somewhat experimental, so please attempt this recipe with a “trial and error” attitude, particularly when preparing the carob coating and olive oil. If you can’t get hold of carob that works well, substitute with vegan cooking chocolate, though we found that chocolate melts more in the hand when the balls get eaten.
- 2 medium bananas (ripe ones are best)
- large block of tofu (e.g. 450g)
- 3 cups of water
- ⅓ cup of oil
- 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 2 cups of self-raising white flour
- 1 cup of self-raising wholemeal flour