2 cups (or more) water
2 tsp. dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105°F. to 115°F)
2 Tbsp. unsalted margarine, melted
1 Tbsp. simple syrup
5 C(about) unbleached all purpose flour
1 large egg white, beaten to blend
Mash Curry Chickpea/Cauliflower mixture. Add water and yeast, stir to blend. Stir in melted butter, syrup and salt. Mix in enough all purpose flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form soft dough. Turn dough out onto floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Form dough into ball.
Butter large bowl. Place dough in bowl; turn to coat. Cover with plastic. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Lightly flour 2 large baking sheets. Punch down dough. Turn dough out onto floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 3 minutes. Divide dough in half. Roll each half between palms and work surface into 14-inch-long loaf. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Cover with dry towel. Let rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
Position 1 rack in center and 1 rack in top third of oven and preheat to 500°F. Using sharp knife, cut 5 diagonal slashes in surface of each loaf. Brush loaves with egg white. Bake loaves 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400°F. Bake until loaves are brown and sound hollow when tapped on bottom, switching and rotating baking sheets halfway through baking, about 15 minutes longer. Cool on racks. (Can be prepared 2 weeks ahead. Cool completely. Wrap loaves separately in foil, seal in plastic bag and freeze. Thaw loaves, then rewarm, wrapped in foil, in 350°F oven 15 minutes.)
Recipe adapted from Epicurious’ Mashed Potato Bread recipe.
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