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Garlic Herb Swirl Bread

Erin
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.
Keyword 1 bowl, applesauce, basil, easy, flaxseed milk, fresh herbs, plant-based milk, sage, simple, thyme, yeast bread