I refuse to be seitan-less though. With no tofu or fake-meats in the stores, we fall back on seitan when beans and lentils seems a bit boring. Luckily, Martin is a veteran seitan maker, or as veteran you can be when you are no more than 20 years old. A little more than a year ago, we were visiting his friend who lived in Düsseldorf, and that's where I was thought to make seitan from scratch. We had to buy a big blue bucket to knead it in, since the sauce pans in his home were to small. But we made it through, and since then, I've made it that way my self.
I wrote you a guide on how to do it, with pictures to go with it. It's really super simple, give it a try!
|Mix flour and water. I used 2 kg wheat flour and 1200 ml water, but it may very depending on your flour.|
|Knead it until it comes together nicely.|
|Let it take a bath for 2-12 hours.|
|Time to start kneading! Place the bowl in the sink.|
|Knead it with running water, and change it when it get's to white. You will soon notice how the gluten begins to show.|
|Half way there! At this point, the dough might not hold together very well. Don't worry, just hang in there!|
|Done! All the starch is gone and you are ready to boil it.|
|Cut it up in smaller pieces.|
|Let it simmer in broth, soy sauce, onions, garlic or whatever floats your boat.|
|After 45-60 minutes it's ready, it will be quite firm by now. Let it cool in the broth, and use it for whatever you want to!|