Post Punk Kitchen’s Homemade Seitan — Great Taste, Horrible Texture

28 Oct

First of all, I apologize for being an absent blogger the past 6 weeks or so. My husband and I had to put down my beloved Gladys on September 22nd and since then, life has been quite busy. To make up for my absence, I decided to present you all with a seitan recipe I found on the web from the well-known vegan cook, Isa Chandra Moskowitz. To be perfectly honest, after being spoiled with Happy Herbivore’s amazing recipes, I find her a bit overrated.

This morning, while searching for a good seitan recipe, Post Punk Kitchen’s website popped up. I figured this would be the best recipe since ICM is so famous in the vegan community. Well, I am extremely disappointed 😦

Here is the recipe:

1 cup vital wheat gluten flour
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 cup cold vegetable broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, pressed or grated on a microplane grater

For the simmering broth: 
4 cups vegetable broth
4 cups water
1/4 cup soy sauce

Fill a stock pot with the water, broth and soy sauce, cover and bring to a boil.

In the mean time, in a large bowl mix together gluten and yeast.  In a smaller bowl mix together broth, soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Pour the wet into the dry and combine with a wooden spoon until most of the moisture has absorbed and partially clumped up with the dry ingredients. Use your hands and knead for about 3 minutes, until it’s an elastic dough. Divide into 3 equal pieces with a knife and then knead those pieces in your hand just to stretch them out a bit. Let rest until the broth has come to a full boil.

Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer. Add the gluten pieces and partially cover pot so that steam can escape. Let simmer for 45 minutes, turning occasionally. Turn the heat off and take the lid off, let sit for 15 minutes.

Remove from broth and place in a strainer until it is cool enough to handle. Slice and use as desired.

Here is the link:

The flavor was good, but the texture was pretty awful. Very porous and mushy 😦

I am keeping the broth combination in the stock pot so I can make a second round of seitan later today using a different recipe. I will let you know how it goes! If you have any recommendations, send them my way!



7 Responses to “Post Punk Kitchen’s Homemade Seitan — Great Taste, Horrible Texture”

  1. VegansHusband October 29, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    I really prefer steaming my seitan to boiling it. In fact, making seitan was my very first blog post. The one time I made seitan that called for being boiled, we baked it afterwards, and we think that made a difference, so even though it seems counter-intuitive, try that. Enjoy!

  2. AccioVegans October 29, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Great idea! I will let you know how it comes out! 🙂

  3. Barb@ThatWasVegan October 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m a steam-fan too! I have a steamed “chicken-style” recipe that I always use, and I like the texture. Definitely not “mushy”. I’ve never tried boiling… or baking it, for that matter, though!

  4. Tammy November 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I agree with the husband above that steaming sounds like a better idea. I’ve never made it though.

  5. mrsnikkiv December 14, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Have you tried Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Fronch Toast? It’s to die for.

    I make seitan in my slow cooker and it has great texture. It makes it a little more moist so that it cooks well in any slow cooker recipe. One time, I had some extra and just wanted a little seitan for a rice bowl, so I put it in a small pyrex dish and poured teriyaki sauce on it, then put it in the bottom of my slow cooker (with some water at the bottom) and cooked it overnight. I was left with well-marinated “chicken” strips.

    I also wanted to tell you I nominated you for the Liebster Award because I love your blog!

    • AccioVegans December 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Thanks for the comment and the nomination. It means a lot. I am ashamed that we haven’t been posting very often. I will be graduation with my second degree in a matter of days so I hope to renew my efforts on the blog!

      • mrsnikkiv December 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

        I’ve been super busy recently for similar reasons! No worries!

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