Yeast bread with about hundred names

Osterstriezel, Brioche, Hefezopf – all these names mean the same thing in German. I may even have forgotten a few. It’s incredible how many different names one single food can have.

In Upper Austria, the federal state in Austria I come from, braided yeast bread simply belongs to Easter. Easter without braided bread is pretty much unthinkable.
But here comes the teeny tiny problem: a typical braided yeast bread is characterized by its buttery soft taste and its yellowy colour, which is because of the egg in the dough. Neither of those are vegan, so what now?

Mission vegan braided bread for Easter

How will something vegan ever taste like it contains butter? Well, I had no clue. I mean, yes, there is margarine, but to me that wasn’t convincing enough.
What do people in 2017 do when they are clueless? Exactly, they google it.
By now, tons of vegan recipes exist that probably nobody thought they would be possible being veganized.
Same with yeast breads.

Side note: I’m sorry for always repeating vegan braided yeast bread but, unlike in German, there aren’t too many choices of words for this very thing.

After lots and lots of research I wasn’t satisfied with my findings but I discovered one secret ingredient which may have led me to my success – almond butter!
But not finding the right recipe didn’t mean I had to give up. Foodcreating is all about creating your own food and recipes. And that is exactly what I did – combing my acquired knowledge and making something new.
And now, you lucky ducks, I am going to share my recipe with you!



No restrictions in forms

It is completely up to you how to use the dough. Would you like to keep it simple, like I did, and just braid the bread with three strings? Or maybe a little fancier, four, five or even eight strings? There are tons of tutorials on YouTube that show you exactly how it’s done.
This dough is also perfect for cinnamon rolls. As you may already know I am fan of cinnamon rolls or pretty much anything cinnamony.

If you want, I could try this dough recipe making cinnamon rolls and share how it worked out.

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Vegan Braided Yeast Bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 1-2 hours
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 1-2 hours
  1. Combine flour, sugar and salt in one bowl, and almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla bean and soy milk in another.
  2. Heat the almond-soy-mixture until it's about room temperature.
  3. Dissolve the yeast in warm water and pour it into the bowl with flour, where you should make a little pan beforehand.
  4. Drizzle some flour from the sides onto the yeast and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Subsequently, pour the almond-soy-mixture into the other bowl and knead the dough until it doesn't stick too much anymore.
  6. You can either use your hands or a mixer for this. It is really important to thoroughly knead the dough.
  7. Now let it rest at a warm spot for about an hour.
  8. Once the dough has doubled in size you can part it into as many strings as you like.
  9. Braid the bread and put it on a with baking sheet lined baking tin.
  10. Coat the dough with soy milk and sprinkle sugar crystals across.
  11. Now the dough must rest for 20-30 minutes before you can bake it for 30 minutes at 180°C. (+- 5 minutes depending on how golden brown you prefer your bread)