Recipes

Easy Bread Recipe

With most of us now in self isolation at the moment, and bread being scarce on the shelves, what better time to experiment with making your own!

Just a few simple ingredients and so many different variations, it’s bound to keep you busy while you’re stuck at home.

Ingredients

  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 300ml room temperature water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 7g sachet or 2 tsp dried active yeast
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp sugar

Method

  1. Mix together the flour, yeast, salt and sugar together in a large bowl.
  2. Slowly incorporate the oil and water into the mixture, stirring gradually to form a sticky dough.
  3. Once the dough has come together, lightly dust a clean surface with flour and begin to knead the dough for around 15 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. You don’t want to use too much flour as we want to keep the dough slightly sticky. If the dough is sticking to the surface too much, grease it lightly with some olive oil.
  4. Place your dough ball into a lightly greased bowl, cover with cling film or a tea towel and place into a cool spot to prove for an hour.
  5. Once the hour is up, punch the air out of your dough and bring it back into a ball.
  6. Prepare a lightly greased surface for baking, you can either bake as a large round cob on a baking sheet or as a loaf in a loaf pan, the choice is yours.
  7. Place your ball of dough onto your greased surface, cover and leave again for a further hour in a cool spot.
  8. Preheat your oven to 220 degrees Celsius (200 fan, gas mark 7). If you’d like a crispier crust as opposed to soft, then you can add a shallow tray of water to the bottom of the oven now, and the steam will help to crisp it up!
  9. Once the second hour of proving the dough is done, slice an X lightly on top of the loaf and place it straight into the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Remove your loaf from the oven, lightly tap the bottom and if it sounds hollow then it is baked through, if not then give it another 5-10 minutes and keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t burn.
  11. Wait until cooled to slice. It’s tempting to eat it warm (I won’t lie I often rip off a chunk and slather it in butter straight out of the oven) but slicing is much easier once it’s cooled down and doesn’t crumble everywhere!

I’ve also used this recipe to make rolls and they work in exactly the same way but only take about 15 minutes cooking time in the oven.

If you try this recipe I’d love for you to tag me in your creations on Instagram @littlepieceofvegan 🙂

Jas

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Recipes

Homemade Hummus

Who doesn’t like hummus? I mean really? There are so many different varieties you can find in the shops these days, but I promise none of those will beat the taste of fresh homemade hummus, especially with a warm toasted pita!

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Ingredients

  • 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Drain the tin of chickpeas and rinse. Add to food processor or high speed blender with lemon juice and garlic cloves.
  2. Blend for 1 minute before adding the oil, tahini and water, if the hummus is too grainy or thick here then you can add water 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

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Top with a little extra olive oil and some fresh cracked pepper and enjoy! This usually stays fresh in my fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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My Crispy Roasted Chickpeas make a great topping for a little crunch!

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How about adding a big dollop of my Easy Vegan Pesto on top to mix it up?

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Have you ever tried making your own hummus? I’d love to know if you try this recipe and how you like it. Make sure to tag me on instagram if you do!

Jas

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Recipes

Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas are hands down one of my favourite snacks. I always have a stockpile of tins of chickpeas in my cupboard, and use a lot of their aquafaba (bean water) in my baking, so find myself making these at least once a week.

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They work perfectly on their own as a crunchy snack, a great sandwich filling, in a wrap, stuffed in a sweet potato.. the possibilities are really endless!

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Method 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c (200c fan or gas mark 4) and drain your chickpeas from the tin, rinsing with cold water.
  2. Add chickpeas to a bowl along with the oil and seasonings, and shake up well to get them evenly coated.
  3. Spread the coated chickpeas evenly over a baking tray and place into the oven for 40 minutes, removing half way to shake them up.
  4. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy however you like! I keep mine in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Crispy chickpea sandwich with vegan mayonnaise, spinach and avocado.

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Crispy chickpea wrap with hummus, spinach, avocado and basil.

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Crispy chickpea burrito with brown rice, red cabbage, avocado and mixed leaves.

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Crispy chickpea stuffed sweet potatoes with spinach and tahini dressing.

Let me know if you try this recipe and I’d love to know how you enjoyed it. Make sure to tag me on instagram if you do!

Jas

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Recipes

Vegan Dippy ‘Egg’

There aren’t many animal products I really miss from my omnivore days, being nearly 5 years into veganism I’ve tried almost every replacement out there. But one thing from my childhood that I’ve never been able to replicate is the classic taste of dippy egg with soldiers, until now.

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp corn flour
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Pinch of kala namak (Indian black salt)

Method

  1. Whisk in a small microwave safe container (I use a ramekin) the water and corn flour together until there are so lumps.
  2. Add into the mix the turmeric, oil and nutritional yeast, and microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Remove from the microwave and check the consistency, if it is too runny then you can continue to microwave in 10 second bursts, checking the consistency each time. It should come together and be slightly gelatinous.
  4. Once you have your desired consistency, add the pinch of kala namak, this is the magic ingredient that gives it that eggy taste.

 

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I always usually make this in the microwave for ease and also less washing up, but if you were making it in a larger quantity you can bring all the ingredients together in a saucepan on a low heat until all combined and your desired consistency.

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Serve with a crack of black pepper and buttery toast soldiers for the ultimate weekend brekkie treat.

I’d love to know if you recreate this recipe and how you enjoyed it! make sure to tag me on instagram if you do! 🙂

Jas

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Recipes

Easy Vegan Pesto

This pesto is so speedy to make, and in my opinion fresh pesto always tastes so much better than out of a jar! All you need is a few simple ingredients, a blender or food processor and something delicious to cover in it.

Ingredients

  • 50g basil (a large handful)
  • 100g pine nuts
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic (or 2 if you’re a garlic fiend like me)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • a good pinch of both salt and pepper

Method

  • This couldn’t be easier, add all of your ingredients to a food processor or blender, and blend up until everything is combined and just about smooth, I like mine a little chunky still but you can customize it however you like!

My favourite, and probably the most obvious way to have this is stirred through a big bowl of pasta, with a few cherry tomatoes mixed in and a large handful of rocket on the side.

It also goes really nicely dolloped on top of homemade hummus.

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Let me know if you try this recipe, if you do, take a photo and tag me on instagram!

Jas x