Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! =)
May you all enjoy your cruelty free treats and dishes!

Today I'm going to share something extra yummy with you: the Yeast Braid recipe!

(First time I tried to create it into a wreath.. Didn't turn out too pretty.. but tasty none the less! ;) )

It's a typical German Easter treat, but I occasionally also do it on any other day. This time it just happened that I made it on Good Friday! ;)

It's very easy and quickly made; though you do need time to let it rest for a bit before it goes in the oven! 

~* Yeast Braid *~

*1 pck yeast 
*250 ml luke warm plant milk (I used vanilla flavored soy milk)
*150 g vegan 'butter', softened
*600 g flour (I used all white flour, even though I'm usually a fan of using whole wheat or doing at least a 50/50.)
*pinch of salt
*110 g sugar
*replacement for 1 egg

Mix the luke warm milk with the yeast and 2 Tbsp sugar in a bowl and let the yeast do its thing with the sugar for a few minutes.
After ~5 minutes you can now add the flour and the remaining sugar as well as the pinch of salt and egg replacer bit by bit to the yeast mix, blending it well until it's a soft, pliable dough. -You really need to invest some arm strength and work the dough for quite some time!!!
Cover it with a cloth and put the bowl somewhere where it's a bit warm. (The oven with only the lamp on is a good place!) Let it rise for ~45 minutes.
After the dough has risen, work it quickly over again and form 3 strands to create a braid. [I can't explain in words how to do that but I assume you all know how to make a braid!? ;)]
Put the braid on a cool baking tray and let rise again for ~15 minutes.
Now it's time to put it in the pre-heated oven at 350 F for 30 minutes until nice and golden.
To put a slight 'gloss' on the braid you can use a little plant milk mixed with agave syrup and brush it over the braid for the last remaining 10 minutes of baking.

Done! =)


I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do! Our braid has already vanished for the most part! *lol*

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