You will say that almost any bread recipe out there is a vegan one, but you will be forgetting a very significant detail. A vegan diet needs to use every trick in the book, and sometimes needs to come up with an entirely new book, to add as many of the vitamins and minerals that are usually found in animal products.
So, in order to do just that we came up with a simple bread recipe that uses just enough almond milk to give you some of the benefits this delicious drink offers you. The bread itself comes out looking just as fluffy and delicious as you would expect, and the almond taste will not overpower the natural flavor of bread. You will, however, be able to feel a very subtle sweetness that you would not get in your average bread recipe without adding sugar to it.
- 2 1/4 cups of white flour
- 1 ounce of fresh yeast
- 5 fl oz almond milk
- 3.4 fl oz warm water
- 1.5 fl oz sunflower oil
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- Mix 2 tablespoons of flour, a tablespoon of sugar and half the quantity of the water with the fresh yeast. Let the yeast develop for about 10 minutes. You can tell that you are using a fresh, healthy yeast if, after the 10 minutes have passed, you will have a gooey, spongy, soft dough.
- In a standalone mixer, add the above mixture, the rest of the flour, making sure to save 2 tablespoons for later, the almond milk, the oil, salt and the rest of the water. Mix for 5-10 minutes. If you can see that the dough is hanging on to the hook and coming off the walls of the bowl, then you know you are on the right track. If it is not, just add a little bit of extra flour.
- When you have it at that point, leave it to rise for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Pour the remaining flour on your work surface, and work it into the dough while you are shaping it into a big half a ball shape.
- Put the dough on a baking tray, cut a couple of superficial gauges on the top, and sprinkle some flour over it.
- Place the baking tray in the oven at 340 F for about an hour or until the crust of your bread reaches your preferred level of darkness.