I have no words for this loaf. It’s perfect. It’s fluffy. It’s fragrant. It’s exactly what you need for your next dinner party or gathering. I promise you, your friends will be so excited to dig in and they’ll be pretty damn proud of you too!
For the Dough:
2 packets of fast rising yeast (8g each)
4.5 cups all purpose flour + some till you reach a non sticky consistency – I used Bob’s Red Mill
1.5 cups warm water
¼ cup brown sugar
1 egg replacement – I used Bob’s Red Mill
½ tsp of salt
¼ cup coconut oil
For the Garlic + Herb Sauce:
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. vegan butter, melted
2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tbsp. zaatar spice
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped.
1 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
1 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
2–3 tbsp vegan parmesean
2–3 tbsp sunflower and pumpkin seeds
Into a small bowl add your 1 cup of your flour and your yeast. Stir and set a side.
Into a large bowl whisk together your water, sugar, egg replacement, salt and oil till well combined.
Into the large bowl add your flour and yeast mixture. Whisk for around 2-3 minutes or until everything is well combined and lots of bubbles have developed. Now stir in the remainder of the flour, slowly, and add more as you need. You want it to be pliable but not too sticky. Kneed for 5 minutes and add flour to surface area to make the process easy.
Grease the sides of a large bowl and add in your dough. Add oil to the top of your dough and place a damp cloth over top of the bowl. Place in a warm place for around 15-30 minutes.
While your dough recipes prepare your herb sauce sauce by adding all your ingredients into a pot and simmer on low heart till completely melted. Whisk/stir constantly to avoid burning. Once ready remove from heat and let it cool. This should only take a few minutes. Set aside till cooled.
You can now preheat your oven to 350F and grab a 9″ loaf pan and lightly grease with olive oil.
Once your dough has risen punch a hole into the middle of the dough (this is very satisfying) and let it rise by double once again.
Roll your dough into a ball and divide into around 12 pieces. Roll into balls and begin placing them into your loaf pan. Every three of four balls or so, add some of that herb sauce and repeat till balls are in the loaf and the sauce is gone. Let this sit for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the parmesan. Top with some Sunflower or Pumpkin Seeds and bake for around 25-35 minutes.
Eat right away and I suggest dipping it into a Marinara Sauce or a Cheese sauce! I love using Hot For Food, Nacho Cheese Sauce!
They last for one week in a tight sealed container, keep at room temperature.
Keywords: Appetizer, Bread, Garlic Bread, Italian