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Vegan Cheesy Herbed Loaf

I used to run a food blog called “Oh No I’ve Run Out Of…” because I’m always running out of ingredients and having to substitute other things instead. I have my own Rules of Kitchen Substitution, which I might detail in a future post.

But for now, this post is about the day I wanted to have scrambled tofu on toast for breakfast, but the supermarket wouldn’t open for another couple of hours (I know, I know, I get up too early) and I didn’t have any yeast.

So, it’s a kind of soda bread, I guess. Or something. Anyway, it turned out well so I thought I’d share it.

Vegan Cheesy Herbed Loaf

You will need: 

  • 3 cups of flour (I use farine de blé, just to be francophile about it. I’m also going to try with coconut flour, which I suspect will be a disaster, but you never know…)
  • 3 heaped teaspoons of baking powder
  • About 1/3 of a teaspoon of salt
  • A dash of herbes de Provence (or whatever your preferred herb mix is)
  • Some nutritional yeast, according to your tastes (the more nutritional yeast you add, the more of a cheesy flavour the loaf will have)
  • 1.5 cups of soya milk
  • 0.25 cup of olive oil

You can substitute the last two ingredients for anything similar: rice milk, almond milk, melted margarine, vegetable oil…

Maybe I’ll substitute the soya milk for coconut milk and make a very coconutty loaf.

You will need to:

Preheat your oven to 200°.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

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Measure out the liquids in your cute little measuring cups and take a quick picture for Instagram.

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Then add the liquids to the dry things and mix it up.

Transfer to a floury surface and roll it about, kneading it as you go.

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Is there any feeling more satisfying than kneading bread? It’s like using a punchbag, except that people assume you’re not in a bad mood but just a really good kneader.

So you can stand in your kitchen with your mother-in-law hovering over your shoulder trying to help, and rather than making snide comments that alienate the whole family, you can instead take all your annoyance out on the loaf.

Go on. It’ll make it better. The loaf, and your anger.

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Draw something on the top. A hashtag, a cross, an invocation of Baphomet, whatever takes your fancy.

This is so the bread doesn’t split and go all manky in the oven.

Then, put it in your preheated oven and leave it for 40 minutes.

When you take it out, it should look something like this. Rolling it around in the flour beforehand gives it the nice dusty look.

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Transfer it to a cooling rack and leave it to cool for a bit.

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Who am I kidding? Slice it up immediately and eat it, because there’s nothing quite like freshly-baked bread.

But remember to take pictures before you eat it! Such is the nature of modern life 😉

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