Vegan Brioche Bread with Kefir Whey

Egg-free and dairy-free brioche bread made using a special ingredient: vegan kefir whey!

This brioche bread is my newest experiment. What often happens with vegan baking is that the final product often lacks that elasticity and fluffiness that comes from using eggs.

To solve this, I decided to experiment using vegan kefir whey (made from soy milk kefir). The natural fermentation in the whey will act as a natural booster in activating the yeast and helping the dough to grow extra large!

Note: the whey is just the water separated from the fat in the milk.

The process is a little bit time consuming but it is TOTALLY worth it. In fact, you will get a super fluffy and soft brioche dough which you can use as a base for many recipes, sweet or savory!

Ingredients:

for the started

  • 100 ml vegan kefir whey (or cow milk kefir whey for non-vegan option)
  • 130 g bread flour
  • 20 g yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar

for the dough

  • 400 g bread flour
  • 250 ml soy or almond milk (or cow milk for non-vegan option)
  • 10 g salt
  • 60 ml vegetable oil

For the starters in a bowl dissolve yeast and sugar into the whey, then stir in flour

Cover with plastic wrap and place it into your oven for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.

Then add in all the ingredients for the dough and knead it for 10 min, or until you get a smooth and SUPER. soft dough.

Cover it with plastic wrap, place the bowl in your oven and let it rest for about 2 hours or until it doubles in size.

Next up, on a floured surface, roll out the dough unti a rectangular shape and stuff it up with whatever you fancy. I used just some green peas, as I didn’t have much on hand, but you could even go for some nut butters or chocolate chips, or anything that rocks your boat. Roll up the dough and seal it into a circle. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for an extra 40 min. It will grow a bit.

Next. brush the top with the soy milk and bake it in pre-heated oven at 180 C (375 F) for about 50 min. Here it is what happened to mine. It raised SOOOOO MUCH!

Once completely cooled down, remove the brioche bread from the pan

Slice it up and enjoy!

Look at how SOFT it is!

Love

-Dani

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.