Boulder Baking Competition 1st Place Winner~Buddha Bread
The making of this bread was inspired by the Buddha hand fruit that can be found at your local purveyor in the beginning of the New Year. In China and Northeast Tibet, the buddha fruit is often carried in the hand or simply placed on a table in the home. It is meant to bring those who live there good luck, happiness and a long life. For many culinary uses it can replace lemon in recipes or you can make, Buddha Hand Citron (infused vodka) and or candy the peel.
So with the Boulder Baking Competition being a community event and entry fees benefitting 2 wonderful causes. My intentions for this bread is similar to those above; bring good luck, happiness and longevity to the community of Boulder, everyone involved in the baking competition and The AllergyKids Foundation & The School Food Project. Both of which are making a difference in the diet and lives of so many; and enhancing well being in the world.
Vegan Buddha Bread Recipe
1 cup Organic Cane Sugar
2/3 cup Canola Oil
Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (equivalence to 2 eggs)
1 cup Outrageous Baking Company, Gluten-Free Mix
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 1/2 Tbsp Buddha Hand Zest & Love
1 1/2 tsp Chinese 5-Spice Blend
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread
4 oz (1/2 container) Tofutti’s Dairy-Free Cream Cheese
1/2 tsp Madagascar Vanilla extract
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp Buddha Hand Zest & 1/2 tsp Orange Zest
Buddha’s Instructions: Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
1. Cream together canola oil and sugar till well blended; add in egg replacer or 2 eggs, and mix thoroughly with a hand mixer or wooden spoon.
2. Mix together and sift all dry ingredients, then add to creamed mixture. Once well mixed add Buddha Hand zest, love, chinese 5-spice, carrots and pecans.
3. Place batter in a greased loaf bread pan and bake at 375° for 1 hour or until done.
4. Once bread is cooled you can frost with the vegan glaze.
*To make the glaze, cream together buttery spread, ‘cream cheese, and vanilla. Mix until well combined and add powdered sugar a little at a time; if the mixture gets too thick add soy milk or another liquid to lighten the consistency. Then stir in pecans, Buddha Hand zest and orange zest.