Apricot Clove Seitan Roast


I had originally tried a seitan ham using the recipe from Chubby Vegan Mom’s Candied Ham. It turned out amazing! The look, and then the sweet and savory taste with clove… it was great! But I wanted to make a soy-free version and also make a mock-ham with apricot preserves instead of pineapple juice.

I make this when I know other vegetarians and vegans will be eating it. James won’t come near it. He says it smells and looks good, but still won’t try it. Although, it doesn’t make a large amount so if you are looking for leftovers the rest of the week, I can eat off of this the rest of the week with different sides.


Apricot Clove Seitan Roast

  • Servings: 3-4 servings
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  • 1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1/8 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp clove
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave
  • water/extra vegetable broth
  • The Glaze
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/8 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard


  1. In a bowl, mix together gluten, nutritional yeast, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, clove, and salt. In a small bowl, mix together the vegetable broth, apricot preserves, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and maple syrup or agave. Pour the liquid mixture into the gluten mixture and mix together. Knead for 5 minutes. Mixture should be slightly sticky. Form a round loaf. *If you double the recipe, make two loafs to make sure it bakes correctly and comes out cooked throughout.*
  2. Put it in a large skillet with vegetable broth enough to fill the bottom of the skillet about 1/2 inch. Cover and let it steam/simmer for 45 minutes on each side. Keep checking to see if you need to add more broth.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Once your seitan has cooked, place the loaf in a greased casserole dish/pyrex dish. You can make the “scores” on top of the loaf to make the diamond shapes and add whole cloves where the “scores” meet to make it look more like baked ham.
  5. Make your glaze, mix all glaze ingredients together and pour over top of the seitan loaf and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until it starts to brown.
  6. Once you have taken the loaf out of the oven, let it sit for 10-15 minutes before slicing and enjoying!

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