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Vegan Yeasted Waffles

Oh the transformation!

I wasn’t able to post a new recipe last week because *drum roll please* my kitchen was getting a mini makeover!

It’s very exciting.

I got new countertops and also a new faucet, two things that badly needed doing. Next up, I’m buying a few new appliances (just the small ones) and I want to replace the hardware on the cabinet doors, as well as tile a backsplash.

I love how much brighter and cleaner my kitchen looks now!

kitchen

This Thursday, March 25, is International Waffle Day. Yes, I don’t know who comes up with these things, but you know what? I’m all in on waffles.

I’ve done overnight yeasted waffles before (not vegan), and I quite like them. You basically make the batter the night before and then set them in the fridge to do a slow rise overnight. In the morning, you make the waffles.

Most waffle recipes are leavened by a couple (or both) things: baking powder and/or egg whites. Whipping the egg whites (or you can use aquafaba if you’re doing a vegan version) and then folding them into the batter at the last moment creates a light, crispy waffle. Here, the dough is leavened with yeast. That means it takes more time to make because you have to wait for it rise, but the overnight version works pretty well.

This recipe comes from Chef Bryan Satterford at Beetbox. Beetbox is a local Vancouver platn-based comfort food eatery, and they serve my favourite vegan chicken. It’s just perfection.

A hand pouring maple syrup on a plate of chicken and waffles

They’re doing a special Chick-un and Waffles feature all this weekend to celebrate International Waffle Day, but the Chef kindly agreed to share with me his waffle recipe.

This is a solid waffle. It reminded me a lot of a liege waffle, the kind you buy on the street and munch in hand as you’re strolling. They certainly have that kind of strength. You need something substantial to stand up to chicken if you’re doing a chicken and waffles (even if it’s vegan). Nobody, and I say NOBODY wants a soggy waffle. The end.

So here’s the recipe to make the waffles yourself, or, if you’re feeling lazy, just head to Beetbox between March 25 and March 28 and get the chef to make you some.

a stack of waffles

Vegan Yeasted Waffles

By Beetbox Chef/Co-Owner Bryan Satterford

Yield: roughly one dozen 4-5 inch waffles

Ingredients:

  • 8 g Dried Yeast
  • 15 g Organic cane sugar
  • 275 ml Unsweetened pea protein milk (I used oat)
  • ½ Cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 Cardamom pods
  • 60 g Water
  • 20 ml Avocado oil (I used canola)
  • 15 ml Vanilla
  • 7 g Ground flax seed
  • 450 g AP flour
  • 4 g Kosher salt
  • 5 g Baking powder
  • 225 g Refined/de-scented coconut oil (broken into ½ inch pieces and hardened in the fridge)

Method:

  1. Heat the plant-based milk in a small saucepan with the spices until just below a simmer. Turn off the heat and allow milk to cool to 40C (roughly body temperature), remove the spices from the milk and add the yeast and allow to bloom.
  2. While the milk is cooling, gather the rest of your ingredients. Mix flax seed together with water, oil, and vanilla and allow the flax to thicken. Assemble the dry ingredients together in a mixer bowl.
  3. To assemble, dissolve flax mixture to the yeasted milk then add both to the mixing bowl with the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix with a dough hook on medium until a smooth dough has formed, about 3-5 minutes. Turn the mixer down to medium low and slowly start adding in the chilled coconut oil piece by piece. This process should take a few minutes — the idea is to emulsify the chilled oil into the dough. Once all the oil is fully emulsified, you should be left with a smooth, elastic dough.
  4. Allow dough to rise on the countertop until it doubles in size. (Alternatively, dough can be made ahead and allowed to rise in the fridge overnight). Punch down the dough and separate into 12 portions (roughly 75-80 g each).
  5. With an inverted cupped hand roll each portion into balls and allow to rise again until pillowy, roughly an hour. Cook on waffle iron according to manufacturers instructions and enjoy with maple syrup and whatever other topping you wish to add!

Toronto: What I Ate

Although the purpose of my recent trip to Toronto was for business, I still got in lots of good eating!

I found Toronto to be very vegan/vegetarian friendly. There were lots of great options.

Here were a few I tried:

Dragon Fries Fresh Toronto

Fresh Restaurants: there are 3 locations of Fresh now in Toronto. It reminded me of something similar to Meet–vegan/vegetarian comfort food. I went to the location on Crawford, which is right by Trinity-Bellwoods park. It would be a great idea to grab takeout and then eat in the park on a sunny day. I was there with friends, so we were able to order a nice selection of stuff off of the menu, including ginormous crispy onion rings and Dragon Fries (kind of like poutine, but with miso gravy, no cheese and hot peppers). chickpea curry dosas Fresh TorontoMy friends shared a very large and filling bowl with tons of rice, veggies and tofu, and I had curried dosas with a chickpea filling. I especially loved the fresh little cucumber salad it came with. Surprisingly, here the portions are not huge, but very filling. They even have desserts, and you can get golden milk as well! I don’t know that I’ve ever been to a restaurant where you could order that. This place, I highly recommend!

Vegan Chicken and Waffles Hogtown Vegan torontoHogtown Vegan: On the recommendation of Two Market Girls, (and because I happened to be in that part of town, anyway), I searched out Hogtown Vegan. Weird name for a vegan place, I know, but this place is straight-up vegan junky/comfort food. Here, it’s all grilled cheese, mac and cheese, lots of southern influences. I went for one reason, though, and that was chicken and waffles. Now, I should say, before I stopped eating meat, I was kind of obsessed with chicken and waffles, so it’s been a while since I had them. Here, they are served southern-style, with collard greens and sweet potato mash. They were good! My only note was that I thought the chicken (not sure where they source it, but it’s soy-based) was a little dry. I thought the dish could have benefited perhaps from some gravy as well as the maple syrup. I loved the sweet potato mash.

The restaurant itself is diner-style, a bit dark and very hipster. But I would still recommend it!

Lettuce Wraps Planta TorontoPlanta: hands down, this was my favorite place to eat in Toronto. The room is goregous–I couldn’t stop staring! Open and light, huge ceilings, white tile, aquamarine and green touches–and the food was outstanding. I had the spicy lettuce wraps, which, although they were made of tofu, were actually really tasty, given the addition of gochujang. My only complaint was that I thought they could have diced the tofu a bit finer to make it easier to eat. But this place is my #1 pick for Veg in Toronto.

egan Tacos Mi Taco TorontoMi Taco Taquera: My hotel was down on Queens St, so I walked past this place a bunch of times, and on my last night in Toronto, I was pooped. I wanted something fast and easy. I stopped by Mi Taco because they were advertising that they sold vegan tacos made with their own seitan. The tacos were tasty, but I actually loved the seasonal vegetable one more than the seitan. The vegetables were crispy and that gave the taco a pleasant texture.

Ricardas Bakery Toronto

Ricarda’s: I ended up here a couple of times. Ricarda’s is a kind of hybrid restaurant/ bakery, and the first time I went in there was just for dessert. I loved the room. It was open and bright, and there were bikes every where. Ricardas happy hour torontoThey have a great happy hour, which I went back for, and had a really lovely glass of Niagara Gamay (how can you resist a wine called “Seriously Cool”??) and some of their homemade bread with a roasted pepper dip. I also tried some of their toasts, and which were perfection.

Whalburgers TorontoWhalburgers: Okay, okay, so maybe you’re wondering… what?? Seems out of character for me, right? Normally I’m all about the independent places, and stay away from big chains. But this place had been recommended to me by a friend, so I thought I’d try it. I had their veggie burger. The burgers here come as-is, and then you choose (and pay extra) for sides. I had the onion rings, which are thinly-sliced, battered and deep fried, more like what you’d put on a burger than a traditional onion ring. The whole thing was a giant disappointment. First off, the veggie burger was just sauteed portobellas, not even a patty of any kind. It was kinda tasty, but it lacked imagination or creativity. The onion rings were oversalted. There were TVs everywhere, which I guess is fine, because it’s right by the stadium, so it probably mostly identifies as a sports bar. Half of them were playing sports, and the other half were playing an ad for Whalburgers over and over and over again. In all honestly, this place felt way too “Whal” and not enough “Burger” for me. I would not recommend.

There were so many more places I wanted to go to! But 4 days was just not enough… I guess I’ll have to go back another time! 😉

What are your fave veg places to eat in Toronto? Let me know in the comments below!

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