Seriously, this is probably one of my favorite vegan creations. When you make a batch please let me know. I have a feeling you may stop buying faux deli meat altogether.
1 cup vital wheat gluten flour
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon tamari
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon agave syrup
1/2 teaspoon liquid hickory smoke
Additional 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon canola oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour with seasonings (except agave, liquid smoke and additional pepper), add water and stir until ball forms. Knead ball about 10 times pressing into a 6 inch cylinder. Put canola oil on a peice of heavy duty tin foil and place cylinder of dough on oil. Wrap tightly (like a sausage) and wrap with another peice of tinfoil. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees (turn over after 1/2 hour). Remove from oven and allow to cool to touch. Open foil and coat dough with liquid smoke, agave syrup and additional pepper. Rewrap in foil and allow to sit at room temperature till ready to refrigerate. Chill for a few hours. Open foil and slice into very thin slices. Use for sandwiches or anything your heart desires. Pictured on whole grain bread with veganaise, horseradish mustard, kale and tomatoes. Splendid! I know what I will be having for Thanksgiving!!