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Happy Chanukah!

Chag Sameach! Happy Chanukah all! Just wanted to share my vegan latke recipe once again.

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And for all those who are look­ing for a health­ier latke, why not try bak­ing a batch this year? I have some sweet potato dill latkes in the oven as we speak. (pic­tures to come soon)

Need more ideas? Check out these tips for hav­ing a healthy Chanukah from One Green Planet.

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To add to all the potato-ey good­ness, I’m super-excited to announce that I’m going to be return­ing to Israel in a few days! This will be my first time cel­e­brat­ing Chanukah in the holy land and I can’t wait!

In Israel, it’s tra­di­tional to eat fried donuts for Chanukah. Check out Mayim Bialik’s vegan recipe for sufganiyot.

That being said, I really love new ideas so please share what you’re going to be mak­ing for Chanukah this year!

Oy Vegan!

 

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Chanukah party for the ages and Vegan Challah recipe!

Chag Samaech fel­low veJEWtarians!

I real­ize I haven’t writ­ten in a wee bit. This has to do with catch­ing up after hold­ing a vegan wed­ding, going on our hon­ey­moon and attempt­ing to get back into the rhythm of life once again amidst the hol­i­days. Yes, Chanukah was early this year. Tonight is the eighth and final night and as such I wanted to  share some of the high­lights from the past eight days includ­ing an awe­some Chanukah gath­er­ing we threw with a totally vegan menu. I’m also very excited to share a recipe for vegan chal­lah that I made and served at said bash. (It got a lot of compliments!)

Enjoy!

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The first and sec­ond nights were filled with prepa­ra­tion, menu plan­ning, and clean­ing lead­ing up to our big Chanukah weekend.

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The third night came and with it a spe­cial Chanukah gath­er­ing at our place. Plenty of wine was con­sumed, toasts made, drei­dals spun, and food gob­bled up!

The Menu

Vegan Latkes

Apple­sauce

Sour Cream

Steamed Green beans in gar­lic, chilli oil

Greens with creamy lemon vinaigrette

Vegan Chal­lah served with hum­mus and baba ghanoush

Cook­ies n’ Cream cup­cakes with but­ter­cream frosting

Because I was low on time, we pur­chased Earth Island’s Non-Dairy Soy Sour Cream. I usu­ally make my own from soaked cashews but I’m happy to report that Earth Island’s prod­uct was a really good sub­sti­tute. All the party-goers couldn’t tell the difference!

And now for the challah!

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Vegan Chal­lah

Makes 2 challahs

Adapted from Tante B’s recipe

Ingre­di­ents

• 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 2 (1/4 ounce) pack­ages dry yeast

• Egg replacer– equiv­i­lant of two eggs worth

• 1/2 cup veg­etable oil

• 1 table­spoon salt

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 2 cups warm water

Glaze
• Soy creamer

• poppy seeds (optional) or sesame seeds (optional)

Instruc­tions:

1. First mea­sure out all your ingredients.

2. Now from the 1/2 of cup sugar take 1 table­spoon of the sugar & com­bine it with the yeast and the warm water (you know you have the right tem­per­a­ture of warm water when it’s the same tem­per­a­ture as the inside of your wrist).

3. Keep your bowl in a warm place while the yeast dis­solves for 10 minutes.

4. After the yeast has dis­solved (it’s nice & foamy) add to it the rest of the sugar, salt & 3 1/2 cups flour. Mix well.

5. Add egg replacer & oil.

6. Slowly start mix­ing in most of the remain­ing 3 1/2 cups of flour. The dough will become quite thick.

7. When the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, turn it onto a floured sur­face& knead for approx­i­mately 10 minutes.

8. Add only enough addi­tional flour to make dough manageable.

9. Knead until dough has acquired a “life of its own”; it should be smooth & elas­tic, spring­ing back when pressed lightly with your fingertip.

10. Place dough into a large oiled bowl turn­ing the dough once so its oiled on all sides.

11. Cover with a damp tea towel & let rise in a warm place for 2 hours, punch­ing down in 4–5 places every 20 minutes.

12. Write down what time you started so you don’t for­get when the 2 hours are up & set a timer every 20 min­utes. Punch­ing down is fun!!

13. After the 2 hours, turn your dough onto your work­ing surface.

14. Now comes the form­ing part. I did the six braided method. Check out this video on how to braid a six strand challah!

15. Pre­pare your bak­ing sheet lin­ing it with parch­ment paper.

16. Pre­heat oven to 375°F.

17. Once braided, place on bak­ing sheet.

18. Now let the chal­lah rise for 1/2 an hour.

19. After the chal­lah has risen glaze gen­er­ously with soy creamer and sprin­kle with poppy or sesame seeds.

20. Put in pre­heated oven & let bake for exactly 25 minutes!

21. Turn off oven & leave Chal­lahs in for exactly another 10 minutes!

22. Enjoy!!!

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I made a sesame and pop­py­seed chal­lah with this recipe and they were both well received!

All in all, it was a magic-filled Chanukah sea­son. Please enjoy some other Chanukah pics!

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Wish­ing every­one a very happy Chanukah!

Oy Vegan!

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Oy Vegan Latkes

Happy Chanukah every­one! As requested here is my tasty recipe for vegan latkes. I know what some of you may be thinking…

Fear not! These latkes are sure to impress and, trust me, no one will know the dif­fer­ence. They were a big hit at my big fam­ily chanukah din­ner this year. Add a dol­lop of apple­sauce and cashew sour cream (recipe below) and you’re set!

Oy Vegan Latkes

1 1/2 lbs of potatoes

2 large onions shredded

1/2 cup of  all pur­pose flour (use rice flour for a gluten free version)

Egg replacer* (Equiv­a­lent of two eggs worth)

One bunch of green onions chopped

Plenty of Salt and Pep­per to taste

Fresh pars­ley (optional)

Veg­etable oil for fry­ing (grape­seed or canola work well.)

1. Peel and grate pota­toes and place them in a colan­der. Let the water drain from them and then place them in a large bowl. Add onions, flour, egg replacer, green onion, salt & pep­per, and pars­ley (if using) to the pota­toes. Mix well.

2. Pre­heat the oven to 240 degrees Fahren­heit. Later, you will place cooked latkes in here to keep them warm while you fry up the rest!

3. In a large skil­let, add enough oil to cover the bot­tom of the pan and heat at medium to medium-high heat. Spoon out a small amount of the latke mix­ture and drop into the oil. Press down to flat­ten. Repeat with the rest of the mix­ture. Try not to over­crowd your pan as you will need to flip each latke after 3–5 min­utes. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Place cooked latkes on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil then trans­fer to an oven safe dish and place into the oven to keep warm.

4. Serve with apple­sauce and cashew sour cream and enjoy!!

* Ener-G Egg replacer is a good brand. Bob’s Red Mill also has an egg replacer that works well but is not gluten-free. These can be found at most health food stores.

 

Cashew Sour Cream

Source

1 cup raw cashews (must not be roasted or salted)
1/4 tea­spoon salt
1 –2 tea­spoon apple cider vine­gar
1 small lemon, juice of

1. Cover cashews with water and soak for a few hours, or overnight.
2. Pour off all water, and place nuts in food proces­sor.
3. Add 1/4 cup cold water, salt, vine­gar and lemon juice.
4. Purée for 3–4 min­utes or until com­pletely smooth and creamy in con­sis­tency.
5. Use in any recipe that calls for sour cream.
6. Refrig­er­ate in an air­tight con­tainer for up to a week

This sour cream actu­ally tastes like the real thing! It’s incred­i­ble. You may have to add some more water for a smoother consistency.

There you have it! Happy Chanukah and may this hol­i­day sea­son bring you magic, light, and miracles!

Oy Vegan!

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