Garlic Herb Swirl Bread

A vegan garlic herb swirl bread. Moist, tender, buttery and savory. A delicious yeast bread that is simple and fun to make.

Close up of garlic herb twist bread.

Why you’ll love it

Is there anything as satisfying as the smell of freshly baked bread? No. There isn’t. If you feel the same way, I am sure you are going to love this garlic herb swirl bread just as much as my family and I do. Here’s why…

  • Simple- Don’t let the complicated twists and turns of this bread fool you. The dough is easy to make, and twisting the bread in on itself is fun and relaxing.
  • Fun- Yes! Making a yeast bread can be intimidating. But with practice, creating these beautiful loads is so fun and rewarding.
  • Herbaceous- I love lightening up bread with loads of fresh herbs. Definitely no shortage of those here.
  • Delicious- I mean, come on! It’s bread! How could it be anything but delectable?!?
Close up of sliced garlic herb twist bread.

Garlic Herb Dough

Ingredients

Just a few tips about our ingredients before we get to mixing, shaping, and baking the garlic herb twist bread.

  • warm plant-based milk- The milk should be warm but not hot. If you have a thermometer it should read about 110*F when placed in the warmed plant-milk. If you don’t, you want the water to just feel warm to the touch. Liquid that is too hot will kill the yeast so be sure that it’s the correct temperature before moving on.
  • applesauce- If you don’t have applesauce on-hand you could try mashing a ripe banana. I know that people have success using it in place of applesauce in baked goods. But in my personal opinion, applesauce is better. I can taste the banana in bread if it’s used. Applesauce on the other hand, has no added apple-y flavor.
Stand Mixer

In the bowl of your stand mixer fixed with a dough hook, add the warm plant-based milk, yeast, maple syrup, applesauce, all-purpose flour, and salt in that order. Turn the mixer onto slow and allow the dough to knead for about 5 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic, not sticky. If the dough is still lumpy or too sticky, continue adding flour a few tablespoons at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

You can also turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for 1-2 minutes. Adding flour as needed.

Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a towel. Place the dough in a warm spot, preferably in the oven with the light on, for 1 hour until the dough has doubled in size. After the dough has risen, continue reading below for how to roll out, cut, and twist the loaf.

By hand

In a large bowl, combine the warm plant-based milk, yeast, maple syrup, applesauce, all-purpose flour, and salt in that order. Using a wooden spoon, combine the ingredients until they are no longer sticky.

Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes. Continue adding flour and kneading the dough until it’s smooth and no longer sticky. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a towel.

Place the dough in a warm spot, preferably in the oven with the light on, for 1 hour until the dough has doubled in size. After the dough has risen, continue reading below for how to roll out, cut, and twist the loaf.

Close up of garlic herb twist bread on parchment paper.

Cutting and Twisting the Loaf

This might be the most challenging part of this bread. But with a little help from the photos below, it’s really rather simple. And when you see the bread all curled up, it’s so satisfying.

So, now that you have the perfect little ball of dough, let’s roll it out into a flat 18×12 inch rectangle. Think of a rectangle pizza. That’s what we’re going for. Spread the garlic herb butter on the dough. Again, like you would marinara sauce on a pizza dough. If you can, try to spread the butter all the way to the edge of the dough so that it’s completely covered (Step 1 below).

Next, roll the dough into a tight log. Roll up the log from the 18 inch side of the dough. Meaning, when you are finished rolling the log, it will be 18 inches long. Not 12. Once the log is rolled up, pinch the seams together. Gently and carefully, flip the log over so that the log is seam-side down. Beginning about 2 inches from the top of the log, slice the log in half so that you have 2 strips connected at the top. Gently, turn the halves so that the cut sides are up exposing the garlic herb filling (Step 2 below).

This is where the dough is really going to take on it’s twisty shape. Twist the dough, cut side up, one half over the other continuing to the end. Gently pinch the ends together. Your log should now look like Step 3.

Taking the top of the twisted loaf, roll it in on itself until you’ve reached the half way point of the log. Shown in Step 4. Then, take the other end of the log and roll it in on itself in the opposite direction until it too reaches the midpoint. Your bread should now look like a beautiful twisted loaf of garlic herbed goodness (Step 5).

Rectangle of dough spread with garlic herb butter on a wooden cutting board.
Step 1: Roll the dough out into an 18×12 inch rectangle and spread herb butter evenly over the surface.
Twisted garlic herb bread dough on a wooden cutting board with a large knife on the side.
Step 3: Turn the cut-side of each strip up and twist one over the other all the way down the length of the log. Pinch together the end.
Step 5: Curl the bottom of the log in on itself in the other direction.
A log of garlic herb bread dough sliced lengthwise down the middle on a wooden cutting board with a large knife on the side.
Step 2: Roll the 18 inch side up tightly and pinch off together the seam. Turn the log seam-side down and slice lengthwise leaving a 2 inch connection at the top.
Twisted and curled garlic herb bread dough on a wooden cutting board with a large knife on the side.
Step 4: Curl the top of the log in on itself stopping at the halfway point.

Baking

Now that the bread is twisted, gently place the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover the loaf with a towel and place it in the oven with the oven light on ONLY. DO NOT HEAT UP THE OVEN! Allow the dough to rest and rise for 45 minutes. 

When the dough has rested, remove it from the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Once heated, bake the loaf for 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and the bread is cooked through. While the bread is still warm, brush it with melted vegan butter and sprinkle with more fresh herbs if desired. Let the garlic herb swirl bread cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Close up of garlic herb twist bread on parchment paper.

Ingredient Health Benefits

Apples- vitamin C, soluble and insoluble fiber

Basil- phytochemicals, volatile oils (antibacterial properties)

Garlic- photochemicals

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Garlic Herb Swirl Bread

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A vegan garlic herb swirl bread. Moist, tender, buttery and savory. A delicious yeast bread that is simple and fun to make.
Cook Time 40 mins
Rising Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine Nut-Free, Vegan

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer with a Dough Hook

Ingredients
  

Bread Dough

  • ¾ cup warm unsweetened, plain flaxseed milk plus protein
  • tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1 tsp iodized salt
  • 2 tsp vegan butter, room-temperature or olive oil

Garlic Herb Filling

  • 4 tbsp vegan butter, room-temperature or olive oil
  • 2 tbsp vegan parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

Instructions
 

Bread Dough (using a Stand Mixer)

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine warm unsweetened plain flaxmilk with added protein, yeast, maple syrup, applesauce, all-purpose flour, and salt. Turn the mixer on slow and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is combined.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead by hand for 1-2 minutes. Add more flour a tbsp at a time until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a towel. Let it rise for 1 hour.

Bread Dough (by hand)

  • In a large bowl using a wooden spoon, combine warm unsweetened plain flaxmilk with added protein, yeast, maple syrup, applesauce, all-purpose flour, and salt. Mix until the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead by hand for 8-10 minutes. Add more flour a tbsp at a time until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a towel. Let it rise for 1 hour.

Garlic Herb Filling

  • In a small bowl, mash the room-temperature vegan butter. Add the vegan parmesan cheese, herbs, and garlic. Stir until combined.

Braiding and Baking the Bread

  • After the dough has risen, beat the dough down with your fist and place the dough onto a lightly floured surface, preferably a cutting board.
  • Roll the dough out into a rectangle roughly 18 by 12 inches. Spread the garlic herb butter evenly over the dough, right up the edges.
  • With the 18 inch side in front of you, and the 12 inch sides on running up the left and right, tightly roll the dough into a log. Pinch the seams together and place them face down on a cutting board.
  • Leaving 1-2 inches at the top, run a sharp knife down the center of the dough log. Rotate the two sections so that the garlic herb filling is facing up.
  • Keeping the filling sides up, place the left strip over the right. Keep repeating until completely twisted. Take the top part of the twisted log and curl it in on itself unti it reaches the half way point. Take the bottom part of the twisted log and curl it in on itself, in the opposite direction, until it reaches the half way point.
  • Gently place the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a towel and place in the oven with the oven light on ONLY. DO NOT HEAT UP THE OVEN. Allow the dough to rest and rise for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the oven and preheat to 350°F. Once heated, bake for 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and the bread is cooked through.
  • Brush the finished bread with melted vegan butter and more fresh herbs if desired. Let the bread cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
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