These delicious loaves were the result of much hemming and hawing. This recipe was adapted from Food.com’s The Easiest, Simplest Vegan Bread Ever! (I left the salt out). Being a vegan (and more recently, someone that’s interested in cutting all of the things I can’t pronounce out of my diet) bread has been a struggle for me. And when you finally do find something that tickles your fancy, it bashes your wallet. What to do- bake your own! If you’re anything like me, you’ll take comfort in knowing what you’re putting in your body and your bank account will thank you. Plus, look at how tasty that bread looks- I mean come on! There aren’t that many ingredients that go into these simple loaves but don’t let that fool you into thinking that bread doesn’t take a while. Start EARLY! Being patient while the dough rises has proved to be the most difficult part of making bread but it’s important! Don’t skimp on the rise time- seriously!
- 4 cups 100% whole wheat flour
- 1 (2 1/4 tsp) packet active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 3/4 cups warm water
Directions: In a large bowl, mix together flour and yeast, and form a well in the bottom. Pour in water and add the oil. With a wooden spoon (and eventually you’ll get sick of the spoon and just go with your hands) pull the flour into the liquid until it is fully absorbed. (I found that depending on the flour that you’re using you may need to add more water or flour). The dough should be tacky but not sticky. Sprinkle flour on your work surface and hands and knead the dough for 5-10 minutes or until the dough becomes elastic. Rinse and oil the large bowl, then place the dough back in it. Cover lightly with damp cloth or plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. Turn dough back out onto floured surface. Punch down and knead slightly to work out air bubbles. Divide the dough in half, form round loaves and place on lightly oiled pan. Preheat oven to 375 and let dough rise 20 more minutes. Bake 30 minutes until crusts are golden brown. Voila! Let the bread cool at least 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy with family and friends!
Yields 2 loaves totaling 20 small-medium sized slices of bread