For the Day of the Dead event, today, I made traditional pan de muerto. Well, traditional-ish, in that it is a veganized version. Here is my recipe:
•2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
• 1/4 c warm water
•1/4 c vanilla soy milk +2tsp.
•1/4 c softened vegan margarine
•1/2 tsp anise seeds
•1/4 tsp salt
•3 tsp EnerG egg replacer +4Tbs warm water (whisked together in separate container) or vegan alternative to two eggs
•2 1/4 c flour
•1 Tbs each margarine and sugar for coating the baked bread
1) Combine yeast, water and sugar. Let sit for ten minutes.
2) Add milk, anise seeds, margarine, Egg Replacer and salt.
3) Slowly add in the flour and mix until you have a nice dough ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm dry place for an hour.
4) After an hour punch down your dough and separate into three balls: large, medium and small in size. Your large ball forms into a round loaf. Break your medium balls into two even pieces and roll into long thing tubes. Lay them in and x across the large loaf ball. Finally form your small ball into an oval and press on top of the x. You can poke in eyes, nose and mouth. You have made a crude skull and crossbones.
4) Let rise in a prepared baking sheet for 30 minutes.
5) Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Take out and brush with half of the margarine. Pop it bake in the oven for 25 more minutes. When it is done it should sound hollow as you thump it.
6) Brush with the last of the margarine and sprinkle liberally with sugar.