Vegan Bread/Rolls (Adaptable Base)
More sweet than savory and highly adaptable. Good as it is or with any number of additions!
Original Recipe Content: Holly Brunton
Cook Time: 25-30 min
How Do You Make It?
3 ½ c All-Purpose Baking Flour
1 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Salt
4 ½ tsp Active Yeast (or) 2 conventional
quick-rise yeast packets
¼ c Applesauce (any variety)
4 tbsp White granulated sugar
1 tbsp Agave nectar (any variety)
3 tbsp All-vegetable shortening
1 ½ c Warm water
9” Loaf pan (or) 12-cup cupcake pan
1. Preheat oven to 375°F (Note: Baking occurs at 350°F)
2. In a large bowl add warm water (more hot than it is cool) to agave nectar, sugar and active
yeast. Allow to sit until the yeast produces foam on top of the water. This process normally
takes 10 minutes, although the time may be longer or shorter depending on how warm the
kitchen environment is (warmer = faster, colder = slower).
3. In a separate bowl sift together all dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder) with optional
ingredients (if selected)
4. Once the yeast mixture has developed foam on top add applesauce and shortening. Stir gently
to combine; the shortening will still have small lumps.
5. Mix wet ingredients in with dry ingredients and stir to incorporate the mixture. The bread
mixture is a wet and sticky one, stir for at least a minute to ensure the gluten in the wheat flour
is properly activated.
6. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the bread to rise in a warm environment until it has increased
by 50% in size.
7. Mix with a rubber spatula, once again helping activate the gluten, before pouring into an oiled
(or cooking spray) prepared 9” loaf pan (for bread) or 12-cup cupcake pan (for rolls).
8. Allow the bread mix to rise until it rises to fill 3/4 of the pan, approximately 5-8 minutes. Turn
oven down to 350°F and place loaf pan/cupcake pan in the middle of the oven and bake until a
sharp knife inserted in the middle of the loaf (or an individual roll) comes out clean and the sides
are golden brown – approximately 25-30 minutes for a loaf of bread, or 11-13 minutes for rolls.
- If the foam does not appear your yeast is likely dead and the recipe will not be successful.
- Rising bread loves warm, moist environments.
- This recipe is highly adaptable: Add 3 tbsp raisins, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp honey to make
raisin bread. Add 3 tsp olive oil and 3 tsp Italian seasoning to make savory rolls. 2 tbsp of
Valencia orange peel makes a great roll when served with orange marmalade. The combinations
are endless for this highly adaptable bread base.
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