Sunday, March 15, 2009

Vegan Mexican 'Stuffed' Bread.

First of all, we'd like to acknowledge Jaishree of Ruchi and Trupti of Recipe Center for passing a galore of awards! These include One Lovely Blog, Triple Award, Uber Amazing Blog, Adorable Blog and a Friendship award. Thanks a lot :)

Coming back to the post, well, it was one of those days when N felt like eating some spicy Mexican food and I felt like baking. As N and I walked into the kitchen, our eyes caught a glimpse of a yeast packet staring right at us. So we thought of this really cool dish :) Its like a burrito but instead of a tortilla, the filling is inside a bread...a yeast bread ;) And we had ourselves (yet another!) feast :D


For the Bread

1 packet active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp crushed oregano

For the filling

1 1/2 cups cooked red kidney beans
1 cup firm tofu (crumbled with hands)
1 medium onion coarsely chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tsp turmeric
salt to taste
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp chili powder (we used Ancho and Chipotle chillies)
2 Jalapenos, finely chopped and not deseeded ;)

1. Dissolve the sugar into the warm water. If it gets cold, warm it again. Add the yeast to the water and let it become frothy. This takes about 10 mins.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients for the bread in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Pour the proofed yeast into the well and slowly work the flour into a dough.

3. Add the olive oil and continue kneading till you get a nice non sticky but moist dough. Add more flour if the dough is sticky. Coat it with some olive oil and let it rise until doubled in volume.

4. While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onions. When the onions start to become translucent, add the tomatoes. Add the turmeric, salt, chili powders and cook until tomatoes absorb some oil and start to disintegrate.

5. At this stage, add the remaining ingredients. Cook at medium heat until a nice thick consistency is obtained. The filling should not be runny. This should take about 10 minutes. Make sure that the filling has cooled down before you use it on the bread.

6. After the bread has doubled in volume, push it back and knead it a couple of times. On a floured work-surface, roll the dough into a 8" long X 5" wide rectangle. Apply the filling lengthwise next to one of the edges, leaving 1" margin on all sides. Wrap it like a burrito such that the filling stays in the middle of this 'roll'. Place this roll into a loaf pan and cover it. Let it rise for 20 mins.

7. Bake at 375 F until the bread is done. A skewer should come out without the bread dough. It might come out with a little filling though ;) We also applied some vegetable oil and broiled it for a few seconds to give it a nice golden crust.

Viva Mexico!!! This thing rocked :D I guess its harder to prepare this compared to a burrito, but I guess as far as I am concerned, very few things beat the smell of freshly baked bread :)

UPDATE: Sending this to Vaishali of Holy Cow for the Vegan- Mexican event, and to Susan of YeastSpotting fame. She is behind the immensely popular blog Wild Yeast.


Passionate About Baking said...

Holy cow...that loaf looks great. I love what you did with it! YUM!!

Arch said...

Perfect loaf - amazing filling, and you are so right about the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread !

aquadaze said...

The loaf looks so delicious! And you are absolutely spot on - nothing can beat the aroma of freshly baked bread.

Natashya said...

Sounds awesome! Like a Mexican stromboli.

Vaishali said...

That bread just makes me want to invite myself right over to your kitchen! Lovely, lovely job A and N, and thanks for sending it in to IAVW Mexican.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So delicious! I really like that that tasty filling!



Almost Vegetarian said...

Oh, how brilliant!

I love when you invent a recipe and it works out. I have a few of those under my belt and they are now tried-and-true standby's.


Soma said...

That bread is doing a tango! i should try a stuffed bread like this next!! what an idea.

Jaishree said...

The loaf looks so delicious!I love the filling Amazing!

Ranjani said...

A is a phenomenal baker...N you are one lucky gal, what can I say:)) this looks ttly professional btw!
One of these days..I'm going to start participating in events too...!!

SJ said...

At last I found your food blog-you did not mention the name of this blog in your comment on my blog!! I attempted to make something like thins looong time ago- one could have used that bun to build houses- yep, it was that hard!!! Yours look very soft and fluffy- have to try it out some day!

Cham said...

Love ur stuffing ! What a great work :)

AnuSriram said...

Interesting recipe! Nice try! Looks lovely!

Chitra said...

looks great,luv the stuffing part:)do visit my blog at ur free time:)

Suma Rajesh said...

looks too good..

Holler said...

Wow, that sounds amazing! Pass a slice this way, will you :)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Oh WOW oh WOW this sounds amazing!!

Gayathri said...

innovative dish, infact very healthy..

Elle said...

Better than a burrito if you are a fellow bread fiend! Looks delicious!!

Priya said...

That looks soo scrumptious! Like a healthy puff :D

Indhu said...

awesome recipe :)
very healthy too.. I guess

Varsha Vipins said...

Now thats a feast A n N..great bread..i have a doubt..Can we keep this one fresh in fridge..say for a week?cos I always used to bake this filling wala bread,n I was scared it will rot soon..Great one tho..:)

Donna-FFW said...

Wonderful. Awesome. Exciting and New! I love the whole idea!! Looks delicious!

Nags said...

That's so creative! Love the idea though I would never have the patience to do something like this on a weeknight!

Deepa Hari said...

Bread looks lovely with that filling...very creative and delicious.

Raaga said...

this looks great :)

Cakelaw said...

OMG - that looks fantastic! A meal in a tidy loaf - love it.

Mandira said...

this looks fantastic... do post pics from your challenge too!

delhibelle said...

If and when I start baking bread, i am so making this.
With paneer instead of tofu.

Maria said...

I love the goodies that are inside!

Laavanya said...

Filling looks so good and what a great idea to stuff in bread.

Preety said...

bread with stuffing inside..yummy..i can eat the whole loaf by myself..:)

Paru ... said...

That looks sooo very delicious and perfect..

Vani said...

That looks and sounds amazing! I'm not a baker at all. Not sure why!Any baking I do involves premade dough from the store. The stuffing must've been rocking!

Loved the first pic in the lemon rasam post. It looks delicious! And the last one sure was funny! COz u'll see me doing that too- perched in some scary positions to get a shot! :)

Namratha said...

Wow, that sure is one good looking loaf! I can imagine how good the filling must have tasted....mmmm!

Nicole ( said...

I looove all stuffed breads! This looks amazing.

Susan said...

A meal in a loaf - my kind of meal! Thanks for joining YeastSpotting with this delicious bread.

Elyse said...

Yum! I love filled breads. Talk about the perfect surprise. Bread is good by itself, but to have such a delicious filling in there? It's like biting into heaven!

A_and_N said...

@ Deeba: Thanks :) It was Yum indeed. N has been pestering me to make some of the stuff on your blog for quite sometime now :)

@ Arch and Aquadaze: Amen! Bread-aroma rocks :D

@ Natashya: lol :) I didnt know what a stromboli was until I looked it up just are right!

@ Vaishali: What makes you think you arent invited ;) ?

@ Rosa: Thanks :) The filling leaves a lot of room for imagination...anything's possible.

@ Almost Vegetarian: Thanks :) and whats keeping you from posting them? Hurry! :)

@ Soma: Thanks :) And I'd recommend trying it. Like I said, the filling leaves a lot of room for imagination :)

@ Jaishree: Thanks a lot! And thanks for the awards too...very nice of you :)

@ Ranjani: You always exaggerate :P You are more than welcome to come anytime and try it out :)

@ SJ: Oops...we usually do that but it appears that it might have skipped our mind. Well, now you have the link so you can visit more often ;)

@ Cham: Thanks a ton :)

@ AnuSriram: Thank you so much :)

@ Chitra: Thanks for stopping by. We'll certainly check out your space :)

@ Suma Rajesh: Thanks a lot :)

@ Holler: You are always welcome to stop by and have as many slices as you want :)

@ Rosie : Thanks so much :)

@ Gayatri: Actually in spite of the carbs in the is still pretty healthy! Thanks for pointing that out :)

@ Elle: Nice to find another bread baking enthusiast :) It rocks doesnt it? :)

@ Priya and Indhu: Thanks a lot :)
And it is quite healthy.

@ Varsha: Well, the thing about keeping any bread in the fridge is that it'll get hard after a day or two. And this recipe creates a loaf tahts half the size of a regular loaf because we use a small one. So it is possible to finish it off on the same day ;)

@ Donna FFW: Thanks...and thanks :)

@ Nags: Well, what are weekends for ? :)

@ Deepa Hari, Raaga and Cakelaw: Thanks a lot guys :)

@ Mandira: Thanks :) I think the last pic withh thhe cross-section of the bread is what we sent for the event.

@ Delhi Belle: Dhanyavaad :) And yes, I'd strongly recommend trying it. Its like making a parantha...with some yeast :)

@ Maria: Thanks! Its really cool to see some 'stuff' inside when you cut a loaf open :)

@ Laavanya: Thanks a ton :)

@ Preety: lol :) We did finish this off on the same day.

@ Paru: Thank you so much :)

@ Vani: Thanks for checking out the posts :) Baking from scratch is a lot of fun for me :) And speaking of taking pics....I might just write a separate post on the different acrobatic positions that I have to place myself in to take a good pic :)

@ Namratha and Nicole: Thanks a lot :) It was yummy indeed :D

@ Susan: Thanks Susan! We're looking forward to sending more entries :)

@ Elyse: Exactly my thoughts :) The bread in itself is pretty cool but when you dig into it and when you find some 'stuffing' in it...thats really neat :)

Food Fanatic said...

one word: wow!

sorry for being away from the fun so long!