After yesterday’s nudity, this book is going to look completely normal. Honestly, it’s not the weirdest book on my list but it is a little outdated and there’s some pretty funny descriptions throughout. Despite being fairly normal there were some recipes in this book that grabbed my attention and one in particular, I knew, would be a challenge for me.
Bread. I don’t make bread and before Mofo ’14 began I didn’t make my own pastry either but this theme has been pushing boundaries. So when I saw a recipe for Peanut and Honey Scroll, I knew I was going to veganise it for Mofo.
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/3 cup raw peanuts
- extra maple syrup and oats for the topping
- Put the flour and oil in a large bowl and rub with your fingertips for a few minutes until it looks like breadcrumbs.
- Create a well in the centre of the mix and pour in the water. Using a knife, stir the flour into the water and mix until a soft dough. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic, cover in cling film and leave for 20 minutes.
- Line a tin with parchment and grease with oil. Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Cut the dough in half, keeping one half covered. Roll one piece into a large circle approx 1-2 inch thick.
- Mix the peanut butter and syrup together in one bowl and the oats and peanuts in another. Spread half the peanut butter mix over the dough, spread it right over to the edges. Scatter the oats and peanuts on top.
- Tightly roll the circle into a long sausage shape.. Carefully twist and shape the dough so it resembles rope. Rolls into a scroll and pop into the pan.
- Repeat this process with the remaining dough and filling and place the rope around the first scroll to fill the pan.
- Brush extra maple syrup and scatter some extra oats on top before baking in the oven for 45 minutes until crisp. Leave to cool in the pan.
I would make a few changes though, I’d add some salt to the maple peanut mixture inside to really play on the sweet/salty thing. I don’t think I used enough syrup on the top either, I wanted it more golden. But, I could eat it without gagging, so I’m feeling pretty happy about it.