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Swiss braided bread is one of the most beloved loaves. Soft and light on the inside with a super crispy crust, it's a must for every Sunday morning brunch. This version is totally vegan yet absolutely delicious!
This version of the Swiss braided bread is as delicious as the traditional one (trust me on this). It's also super easy to make, if you're not a pro at baking don't be afraid, it will turn out delicious!
This recipe is very flexible. In fact, the loaf can be prepared the day before, rise overnight in the refrigerator and be baked the next morning, or it can be prepared and baked on the same day.
Is Swiss braided bread vegan?
The traditional recipe for Swiss braided Bread is not vegan because is made using animal products like milk, butter, eggs or honey.
Ingredients for vegan Swiss braided bread
To make this delicious bread you only need the following 7 ingredients:
- bread flour (with 12% protein)
- vegan butter
- soy milk
- brewer's yeast (dry or fresh)
- soy cream
- granulated sugar (optional)
The traditional Swiss braided bread is brushed with egg wash before baking. This gives it its typical golden color.
Well, for the vegan version we use plant-based cream, which gives the same result (I use the Alnatura soy cream and I love the result).
How to bake Swiss braided bread
To bake the Swiss braided bread, I use the method of one of the best cooks in Switzerland: Annemarie Wildeisen. Her method is to turn on the oven only when you put the bread in.
I've always gotten delicious loaves when I've baked them this way, so don't panic, it will work!
How to braid
If you don't know how to braid, I recommend watching this tutorial from Migusto (click here to watch it).
I usually make mine with the 3 strands method (it's the easiest one and it looks fancy to me). In the video (from 00:20 to 00:30) you see how to braid it this way.
How to store Swiss braided bread
You can either store the Challah loaf in an air-tight plastic bag at room temperature or in the freezer (depending on how long you want to keep it).
If you choose the freezer, I recommend slicing the bread, wrapping it in plastic wrap, and placing it in an airtight container.
This will prevent it from absorbing flavors from other foods. You can store the bread in the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow it to thaw completely before serving.
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- Italian Custard Tart (Torta della Nonna)
- Super Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Extra Fudgy Vegan Butter Beans Brownies
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