A make ahead vegan bacon that can be pulled out of the fridge and fried up in 4 minutes flat. Don't be alarmed when you see the long list of ingredients. Note that most of them repeat themselves in both the dough and the marinade there fore the list is much smaller.
The dough will take you 10 minutes to make and then just pop it in the oven for 1/2 hour while you nap. After that all you need to do is make the marinade (3 minutes) and slice up the bacon. Now you are good to go and have a week's supply of "bacon".
Heat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl stir together the dry ingredients until combined.
In another bowl stir together all the the wet ingredients until smooth.
Pour the wet into the dry and stir until a dough forms. I like to do my kneading in the stand mixer with a dough hook but you can knead it by hand as well. If you re using the stand mixer the place the dough in the stand mixer and allow it to knead with the dough hook for 6 minutes on medium speed. I think the texture is much better when I use the stand mixer. It makes for a denser loaf.
If you are kneading by hand then you will need to knead for 10 minutes until the dough is super dense and rubbery.
Lightly oil a metal loaf pan and press the seitan dough into the pan pressing hard into the corners until the dough lies flat in the pan.
Spoon 1 tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tbsp of water over the top and enclose the top of the pan with aluminum foil so steam doesn’t escape.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Remove from oven.
Mix up your smoky maple marinade.
Mix up all the ingredients and taste. A small taste though because it will be strong. Play with the balance of flavors to your own taste.
Now slice up your cooled seitan into long strips. I like it thick cut! Place the marinade in a pan that can hold all the sliced bacon. Slather the marinade onto the bacon strips on both sides and allow to sit 20 minutes. Fry up the bacon in a skillet about 2 minutes on each side.
Make ahead tip. This marinated bacon will keep in the fridge tightly covered at least a week. This way you can fry it up as needed. How cool I that?