Bread Protein Balls Recipe

I love a good bread. It's absolutely one of my favorite things. Bread can deliver amazing flavor when done correctly. It can also provide exciting texture and plenty of protein.

The more you knead bread, the more gluten you create. Those already familiar with seitan know that wheat gluten is total protein.

When you add nutritional yeast, flax or other nuts/seeds,  now you have a bread that is also a complete protein.

In the interest of doing things a little differently, I decided to do little bread balls because I figured they would offer a unique textural experience to other forms of bread. I also figured they'd make a nice little snack size bite. They're easier to shape than a flat bread, can bake in the oven, and take much less time to cook than rolls or loaves. They're great for dipping into hummus too.

As you can see, they're very cute as well.

Bread Balls Dough Recipe
2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
3 tbls nutritional yeast
2 tbls ground flax seed

Pear and Garlic Puree

When the thought first occured to me to create a puree based upon pears and garlic I wasn't really sure about it. I'd never heard of or had such a thing before. A quick google revealed it had been done many times before and reinforced my confidence in my knack for pairing flavors.

2 anjou pears, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch chunks
11 cloves garlic
1/3 cup white wine
2 tbls white vinegar
zest and juice from half a lime
1 tbl olive oil
1/2 inch grated ginger
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Peel  and core the pears and dice into 1/2 inch chunks.  Add to a medium sauce pan and coat with the vinegar. This will prevent them from turning brown.

To the same pot add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer on medium low for at least ten minutes or until pears are tender.

Turn off heat. Move pot to a cool burner on the stove. Use an immersion blender to puree all the ingredients until smooth. Or you can add everything to a pitcher blender instead to puree.

Let mixture cool a bit to thicken.

Shown in the image above with my garbanzo croquesttes and soy dipping sauce. All together they create an amazing medley of sweet and spicy.