The verdict? Excellent. So much better than last time that it's just ridiculous. It firmed up beautifully. The interior is solid - none of that spongey, pock-marked business. I'd give this recipe 5 gold stars. That's pretty much the highest goodness rating a recipe can get 'round these here parts.
Changes: I used tamari instead of soy sauce in the broth (but not the seitan itself) because I had more tamari on hand; I kneaded the gluten mixture for twice as long as instructed (10 minutes instead of 5) because I'm a chronic overachiever; I let the dough rest for about 25 minutes because I remember reading somewhere that it allows the gluten to develop a bit more, which results in a firmer seitan. And I am all about a firm texture where seitan is concerned. Also, I cut the gluten log into 7 pieces instead of 6. Not that that really makes any difference.
The recipe below is as it's written in the book, sans my alterations.
Recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
2 cups vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup cold water or vegetable stock
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely grated
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
For the broth:
12 cups water or vegetable stock
1/2 cup soy sauce
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl; mix the wet stuff (including garlic and lemon zest) in a smaller bowl. Pour the wet into the dry and combine. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until spongey and elastic. Let it rest for a few minutes while preparing the broth. Combine the stock and soy sauce in a large pot, but don't turn the heat on yet.
Roll the dough into a log about 10'' long; cut it into 6 equal pieces. Drop the pieces into the cold broth. Partially cover the pot and bring the broth to a boil. After it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for an hour. Gently turn the pieces every once in a while.
Turn off the heat and let everything cool for at least 30 minutes - letting it cool completely is better.
From this point, do with it what you will. It can be stored, covered with broth, in the frige for 5 days or so. I think you can freeze it as well, but the book doesn't comment on that. I may report back on that at a later date.
Makes about 6 cups of seitan. I count 1/2 cup as a serving, so for me this recipe yields 12 servings.
Nutritional Information: 126 calories, 1.25 g fat (0.1 g saturated fat), 1 g fiber, 16 g protein @ 12 servings. Holy protein, Batman! Note that this does not include whatever calories, etc. may be absorbed from the cooking broth, but since that's just stock and soy sauce it shouldn't make that much of a difference.
Uncooked gluten, Dali-style.