Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Vegan Bread Bowl


Because there probably isn't anything better than a bread bowl.

2 1/2 tsp active yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 c warm water (aim for 100 degrees)
4 c flour, unbleached
1/2 tsp salt
olive oil

Mix yeast and sugar in large mixing bowl. If yeast has been refrigerated, let the mixture sit to bring yeast to room temperature.

Add warm water and leave bowl uncovered for 10 minutes.

Stir in flour 1/2 cup at a time and mix until well incorporated. Add salt.

On a smooth, clean surface, sprinkle flour and knead dough until, when poked, dough immediately rebounds. Coat the mixing bowl in olive oil and place dough in the bowl. Turn the dough until coated and cover bowl with a cloth. Place in warm area to rise for about an hour and a half - until the dough doubles in size.

Once it's risen enough, beat it back down and form 4 individual "bowls". Place on oiled cookie sheet and allow to rise for 30 minutes more.

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Once the dough has risen, bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown and crusty.

To serve: Cut small, circular opening in top of bowl, and scoop out middle of bowl. With a ladle, pour hot prepared soup (thicker works better) and serve immediately with removed top on the side.

Caloric Info 
Servings 4
Calories 496.4
Total Fat: 4.7 grams
Sat Fat: 0.7 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 0.8 grams
Monosat. Fat: 2.6 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 295.4 mg
Potassium: 176.5 mg
Carbs: 97.7 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4.0 grams
Sugar: 1.4 grams
Protein: 13.5 grams

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