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Baking has always been intimidating to me. Compared to cooking on the stove, I wouldn’t be able to alter the dish in case it didn’t come out right. Once you popped the dough in the oven, there’s no turning back. Baking is a science, a set formula. Every measurement and procedure has to be precise otherwise the bread will come out too hard, or too soft, or it won’t rise, and all other inedible disasters.
But where to begin? Good thing a follower on Instagram suggested I should veganize ensaymada, a Spanish-influenced Filipino pastry coated in sugar, butter, and sometimes cheese. Ensaymada is definitely NOT healthy. It’s one of those guilty pleasures or special rewards you give yourself for being “good”. So proceed with caution, or in moderation.
To veganize ensaymada, I used readily vegan alternatives from the grocery store. I wish I could make my own butter, milk, and cheddar cheese from scratch but I honestly don’t have the time to conjure something like those, especially when ensaymada already takes some time to make. Nevertheless, if you could do them from scratch I highly recommend staying away from processed goods. But if you don’t have any choice, feel free to try Earth Balance vegan butter, Daiya cheddar cheese, and any regular nut milk-all available at major grocery stores. White sugar is usually not vegan, but organic sugar is, so be sure to check the label.
VEGAN ENSAYMADA RECIPE
Recipe adapted from: Filipinocooking.net
For the dough:
If you don’t have the time to bake from start to finish, feel free to refrigerate the dough to deactivate the yeast. You could do this right before you divide the dough into sections. Take the dough out of the fridge once you’re ready to continue the baking process.
Aside from these basic tips, I’ve also learned to pay close attention to measurements, temperature, and kneading procedures, which in turn have made me appreciate baking and its magic. Perhaps baking is not so bad after all!