Vegan Hot & Sour Soup & The Breadmaker “Aha” Moment

It’s Somer Saturday and I figured 6 days in the raw was plenty. I admit I did end up sneaking a slice a toast, but I will tell you more about that in a minute. Part of my motivation for going raw was that my kids and I got pink eye, a vomiting bug and colds all in one week (maybe it was some insanely mean super virus?)….And my husband was out of town for most of it (lucky him). I’m pretty sure that if I hadn’t eaten raw I would have laid in bed most of the week, but instead I was able to function fairly well. Then the icing on the cake, Friday afternoon while playing on the play-set swings in my backyard with my 3 year old, we had a collision of sorts and I ended up nearly putting my tooth through my bottom lip. I shall spare you the gory details, but let you know that I typically handle other people’s injuries amazingly well, I’m like a superhero and always know what to do with a calm and collected manner. However, when it comes to my own blood, especially copious amounts of it, not so much… it’s like kryptonite. I get woozy, and I nearly faint. Anywho….It was this “kick in the head” that motivated me to break the raw fast and eat something warm, comforting and easily slurpable past a fat lip.

Vegan Hot and Sour Soup

4 C. Vegetable Stock

2 T. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)

1 T. miso (I used yellow, pretty sure most varieties will do)

dash or two of cayenne pepper

1 C. shitake mushrooms, slivered

2 T. Cornstarch

1/2 package Mori Nu silken tofu (extra firm) cut into 1/2 inch dice

2 T. finely grated ginger

3 scallions, sliced on the diagonal

3 T. rice vinegar

1 small can bamboo shoots, drained

1 small can water chestnuts, drained

1 t. sesame oil

pinch raw sugar

2 T. wood ear mushrooms (Chinese fungi, if you can’t find them, just omit them)

Method: Add all ingredients to soup pot. Bring to a low boil then let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes over low heat. Great for a swift kick to the head, colds or whatever else ails you.

Now for the Breadmaker “Aha” moment. My friend Emmy at emmycooks.com posted a breadmaker recipe this week. In her post she asked if anyone had a 100% whole wheat breadmaker loaf, and if they would like to share the recipe. Well, as you know I had posted a 100% whole wheat sandwich loaf recipe earlier this week. I decided to scale it down and test it out start to finish in my breadmaker to see how it would fare, on the express function. That’s right folks, 100% whole wheat vegan sandwich loaf in less than an hour flat (58 minutes to be precise). It would take more time, money, stress and gas $$ to drive to the store,  select the loaf, pay for it, and drive home. FOR REALS. Now you know why I had to cheat on my raw food week and have a slice of toast. AMAZING! Here is the scaled down version in case you don’t want to do the math ;)

Breadmaker Express 100% Whole Wheat Vegan Sandwich Loaf

1.5 C. warm water

2 C. whole wheat flour (from hard red winter wheat)

1 C. white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour

2 T. agave or pure maple syrup

1.5  heaping t. yeast (each measured and heaped individually)

2 T. vital wheat gluten (great for higher rise, less dense bread)

1.5  t. kosher salt

1.5 t. lecithin (make sure yours is soy based, makes bread soft without the addition of oil)

Method: Dump all ingredients into a bread-maker. Press express function. Walk away. Return in 58 minutes for delicious hot bread. Huzzah!

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23 thoughts on “Vegan Hot & Sour Soup & The Breadmaker “Aha” Moment

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe, Somer! Now I just have to track down vital wheat gluten & soy lecithin–turns out these are not items they carry at my local supermarket. Maybe the co-op!

  2. p.s. I wish my breadmaker had a setting where it would make bread in an hour! The “fast” setting on mine takes almost 3 hours, and the regular setting almost 5. That might be why I usually do it overnight! :)

    • Aha, well, if it doesn’t have the express setting, then reduce the yeast in this recipe to 1 level teaspoon so you don’t get a giant monster loaf rising out the top of your breadmaker ;) Maybe you should have saved one of the other ones. Hehe ;)

  3. Im going to start looking for a bread maker – ours died, but I have a rule about kitchen appliances and buying them used.. If I keep an eye out, one will probably show up somewhere.

    We have a recipe for Cuban bread that we use – no bread maker needed, minimal effort an still a loaf in an hour and a half.

    • I would love that recipe! I bought my breadmaker used at a thrift store. I think I paid $10 or $15 bucks for it. If you do find a used one, don’t make the mistake I did and buy it WITHOUT a dough hook. Hehe, had to order the part online for another $15 bucks. Well worth it though. I have used it for years now to knead bread, even if I don’t bake in it.

  4. Both that soup and bread look like comfort food at its very best! I don’t have a breadmaker but it almost sounds too good to be true?! Impressive! Glad to hear you weathered the storm!!

  5. I’m impressed, Somer! Just gave my breadmaker away so I will stick w/ the no-knead or old-fashioned methods. But the person who got my breadmaker I bet would be very interested in this recipe. I’ll send her “over.”

    • Awesome, yeah I was considering ditching mine, but I’m always on a time crunch, so this was a pleasant discovery for sure ;)

  6. That bread sounds super yummy. I think I may make a loaf tonight when I get home from work. We were given an amazing bread machine, but I didn’t like how the wheat bread came out. I love your sharing!!

    • Thanks Debbie! I hope it works out in your machine. I was blown away by how simple it was and how good it turned out. Seriously as good as a Great Harvest loaf (except a little less sweet).

    • Funny thing was, it didn’t actually hurt all that bad. I was surprised by how much blood was coming out of my face, then got woozy :/ Yeah, you are defo out of soup season now. It was still perfect for here as it’s been rainy and chilly the last few days. I actually think it is snowing in the mountains tonight. For reals.

  7. Somer, you’re tempting me to get a bread maker, much to the dismay of my already overloaded cabinet space! That loaf looks gorgeous and I want it in my life!

    I’m so sorry about your bloody lip! Yikes! I’m the same way, though- the sight of my own blood does a number on me. I once passed out because I looked at the vile as I was getting blood drawn. I hope you’re feeling better!

    • If you do buy a breadmaker, make sure you buy it second hand! I seriously paid $15 bucks for mine at a thrift shop. We were all out of bread today much to the dismay of my children and I made 2 whole wheat loaves and 1 seeded multi-grain loaf with literally no effort. Love it!

      I’m an essential oils freak, I put some healing oils on my lip as soon as I stopped feeling queasy and the next day people thought I just had a cold sore. Fast forward 5 days. All evidence of giant fat lip completely gone ;) My husband is even baffled- he saw how bad the original injury was, I could have used stitches, but the thought of a needle in my lip was a no go.

  8. My breadbaker doesn’t have the Express function, so I used your suggestion of 1 level tsp of yeast and it worked out great. Yes, I still have to wait a couple hours, but really, I am not kneading it myself so I have no complaints! In a few hours I have a light, airy bread that tastes even better, in my opinion, toasted. I love that there is no fat in here because I have no problems putting fat ON my bread :)

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