Veganizing Tradition: How We Made the Perfect Vegan Verwurrelter for Carnival

Veganizing Tradition: How We Made the Perfect Vegan Verwurrelter for Carnival

Carnival season is here, this means colourful days, funny costumes, and of course the traditional Luxembourgish pastry, Verwurrelter. Unfortunately, for vegans, this delicious treat is off-limits...until now! At VegaSnacks, we've created a vegan version of this classic carnival pastry. In this post, we'll be sharing our Vegan Verwurrelter recipe, perfect for satisfying your carnival cravings while staying true to your vegan lifestyle🌱

Let's get started!

  

I. Ingredients & Equipment

Before we dive into the recipe, let's take a look at the ingredients and equipment you'll need to make these delicious Vegan Verwurrelter.

Ingredients:

  • 500g flour
  • 1/2 cube of fresh yeast (20g)
  • 150ml + 75-100ml plant-based milk
  • 50g melted margarine
  • 60g + 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt

Equipment:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Kitchen scale
  • Rolling pin
  • Sharp knife
  • Large pot for frying
  • Kitchen paper for draining the fried pastry

It's important to note that we're using plant-based milk and margarine in this recipe to keep it vegan. If you're not familiar with these ingredients, don't worry, they're easy to find in most supermarkets or health food stores. Plus, using plant-based alternatives is a great way to make your baking more sustainable and animal-friendly. So, let's get started!

 

II. Making the Vegan Verwurrelter

Here's how to make the Vegan Verwurrelter in just a few easy steps:

  1. Add 500g flour into a bowl.

  2. Heat 150ml of plant milk until lukewarm.

  3. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 cube of fresh yeast (20g) in the lukewarm milk.

  4. Add the heated milk mixture, along with 75-100ml of additional plant milk, 50g melted margarine, 60g sugar, and a pinch of salt into the bowl with the flour.

  5. Mix everything together until you have a firm dough.

  6. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it's firm.

  7. Cover the dough with a damp towel and let it rise for about an hour or until it doubles in size.

  8. On a floured surface, knead the dough briefly again and roll it out to a thickness of 1cm.

  9. Cut the dough into finger-thick strips.

  10. Make a knot with each strip and place them on a floured surface.

  11. Let them rise for a few more minutes while you heat up the oil in a pot to 180°C.

  12. Fry the knots in the oil until they have a brownish colour, this should take about 2-3 minutes per side.

  13. When they're finished, take them out and let them drain on kitchen paper.

  14. Finally, sprinkle the Vegan Verwurrelter with powdered sugar while they're still hot.

  15. Enjoy your delicious Vegan Verwurrelter!

This recipe takes around 1-2 hours to prepare and cook, but the end result is definitely worth the wait!

Now that you have the recipe, it's time to get baking and taste the deliciousness of our Vegan Verwurrelter. Don't forget to share your experience with us!

 

III. Tips for Perfecting Your Vegan Verwurrelter

Making pastry can be a bit of a challenge, so we’ve compiled some tips to ensure your Vegan Verwurrelter comes out perfect every time:

  1. Flour power: Use good quality flour for a better taste and texture. We recommend using all-purpose flour.
  2. Let it rise: Make sure to let the dough rise until it has (approximately) doubled in size before rolling it out. This will give the pastry its signature fluffy texture.
  3. Knead it right: Kneading the dough is important to ensure the pastry is not too tough or soft. Make sure to knead it until it is firm but still pliable.
  4. Customize to your taste: You can add a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom or other spices to the dough for extra flavour. You can also experiment with adding different toppings or fillings.
  5. Keep the temperature just right: The oil temperature is crucial for frying. Make sure to keep it at 180 degrees Celsius for the best results.
  6. Finishing touches: When the pastry knots are done, make sure to sprinkle them with powdered sugar while they are still hot. This will give them a sweet finish that complements the pastry's flavours.

By following these tips, you can make delicious Vegan Verwurrelter that rivals the traditional recipe. Don't be afraid to experiment with your own variations and adjustments to make them perfectly suited to your taste buds!

 

IV. Conclusion

Traditional pastries are part of cultural heritage, and it's important that everyone can enjoy them. Creating vegan versions of classic recipes like Verwurrelter is a small but meaningful way to make sure everyone can partake in cultural traditions. With this recipe, you can recreate the taste and texture of Verwurrelter without sacrificing your vegan lifestyle. Give this recipe a try, and share it with your friends and family, vegan or not.

Who knows, maybe this recipe will become a new tradition in your household, one that everyone can enjoy together!

 

V. Extra Material (Video)

Read the recipe but still unsure? Watch the video and start baking:

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