Effortless Vegan French Baguettes
Most breads are naturally vegan, but if they aren’t making the shift you really can’t tell the difference which is mighty nice, eh?
This is our family’s favorite style bread!
My hubby has endearing childhood memories in Peru getting fresh french bread every morning. For so many obvious reasons, I LOVE making this bread for my family and the recipe is easy and makes 2 loaves.
Vegan French Baguettes
- 2 Packets dry active yeast
- 2 Tablespoons honey, maple syrup or agave (I have not used agave with this recipe, but it works well usually as an alt to honey or maple syrup)
- 3-1/2-4 Cups organic all purpose flour
- 2 Teaspoons sea salt
- organic canola oil
- organic cornmeal
|Stir together honey, yeast and 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let the mixture stand until the yeast is activated and begins to foam. This occurs around 5 minutes.|
|Mix the flour and salt into the yeast mixture with a dough hook on your mixer or your hands. Slowly add 1 cup warm water and mix until the dough comes together into a ball that is not too wet. Not all the water will be necessary. If the dough is sticky, then go ahead add a little bit more flour. Knead the dough til it is smooth and elastic, approximately 2 to 6 minutes.|
|Sculpt the dough into a ball and place it in an oiled mixing bowl. Cover with a towel and let it sit for 30 minutes. Don't be alarmed it will double in size.|
|Get your boxing fists ready, time to punch that dough right in the center. Now divide the dough in half and shape into 2 baguettes. Braid or twist the dough until it's about 12 to 14 inches long and 2 inches wide, then fold and seal either end to round. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and dust it with cornmeal. If you chose to just form the dough into long rectangles with no twisting (traditional baguettes), then make a couple of deep diagonal slits about 1/2-inch deep.|
|Cover with a towel and let rise until they have doubled in size approximately 25 minutes.|
|Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. When your dough has doubled in size and remove the cloth. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown. Enjoy! |
Great for sandwiches, vegan butter and jelly for breakfast, serve with fruit or one of those fantastic oil dipping sauces. This recipe is so easy if you manage your time in the morning you can easily have fresh bread for breakfast.
What is your favorite bread?