Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beer Bread and Tortilla Soup

I did some more Happy Herbivore cooking. Now, before you assume that "vegan" means "boring," check out these outcomes!

If you remember, I recently had a tortilla soup that was rather regrettable.  To make things right, I made this version below:

Braggs liquid aminos is what I use as a substitute for soy sauce, as it is much milder in terms of saltiness.  Excuse my jar of garlic... I was a bit lazy to chop actual cloves, as you can see.

A can of fire-roasted tomatoes was the base of this dish, along with a can of jalapenos.

It came together really nicely!  If you look closely, tortillas are actually part of the soup... they help thicken it.

To go with the soup, I made bread.  And not just any bread... vegan whole wheat BEER bread.

Now, I don't know much about beer, so I used what was lying around.

This part when I dumped the beer in was very cathartic.

Once in the oven, I could smell the faint smell of beer waft around the kitchen.  It was actually pretty cool, even though I don't partake in much alcohol.

The texture of the bread was kind of dry, but you can definitely taste beer in every bite.  I'm not sure why it didn't rise more... perhaps because I needed to use a smaller bread pan.  We ate the slices with jam.  If you don't like beer... warning, it's a bit bitter.  I'll probably try making this again because it is SO easy... maybe with different beers. :)

And here is the finished soup.  I baked some more tortillas for crisps.  The flavors were exactly what I expected... a little spicy and full of flavor.  Yum!

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