Just because you’re vegan and gluten free, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up bread! Fancy something toasted for breakfast, as a starter for dinner or a little evening snack? From an easy to make vegan garlic bread recipe to Ciabatta, here are five ideas.
1. Garlic bread
Garlic bread is one of the nation’s favourites, packed full of flavour and the perfect side dish to so many meals. By using gluten-free flour you can add in all this great flavour in a garlic flat bread. Simply mix in your garlic powder, then smother, sparingly if you like, with vegan butter and sprinkle on some parsley to finish.
This is also great as a snack and ideal to dip in a chunky tomato sauce.
Who doesn’t love a bit of pizza? The simple combo of flour (gluten-free, of course), yeast, olive oil and a pitch of salt is all you need to make the basic base. Just combine, knead and you’re ready to go. Best of all, they take less than 10 minutes to cook and you can add the toppings of your choice – even pineapple if that’s what floats your boat.
Rolls are fluffy and full of air, and whilst you might not get the same rise that you might expect from regular bread rolls, you will still be able to slice them in half and pack with your favourite fillings.
Simply combine flour, yeast, a teaspoon of sugar, pinch of salt, cup of soya milk and splash of olive oil. Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and you’ll end up with a thickish batter. Cover and leave for around an hour or more before dividing the dough into small handfuls and rolling into shape. Pop in the oven for 15 minutes.
If you like your bread on the sweet side you’ll love brioche, and with a little patience you can perfect your vegan and gluten free version. Yes, you could buy it, but there’s nowhere near the same level of satisfaction as there is when you bake your own.
Brioche is made by starting off with enriched dough made from vegan butter, nut milk of your choice and a little sugar. Traditionally you would leave the dough overnight, but as it’s gluten free it’s best to bake straight after shaping into buns. Cook for around 15 minutes and top with jam for an extra hit of sweetness.
This Italian classic is delicious! All you need is yeast, a pinch of sugar and salt, olive oil, slightly warmed dairy-free milk and baking soda for the dough. Once the dough has proved for around 45 minutes, doubling in size, poke your fingers into it to make the classic focaccia indentations. Then sprinkle a handful of sliced olives, sprigs of rosemary and black pepper for flavouring, add a drizzle of olive oil and pop in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden.
There you go, five tasty breads for you to try – vegan garlic bread, brioche, focaccia… whatever you fancy, have fun baking and enjoy the results!