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

Squidgy Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of my favourite things to bake because I usually buy a bunch of bananas when I food shop with very healthy intentions (obviously), but always seem to get to the weekend with them still sitting on my kitchen side, now overly ripe. I think it would be a bit of an injustice to them not to turn them into something delicious.

Ingredients

4 almost blackened bananas

2 cups oat flour (oats whizzed in a blender)

1 cup brown sugar

5 tablespoons almond butter (or any nut butter really)

1 tsp baking powder

sprinkle of salt

Method

Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper and preheat oven to 180c

Add bananas to a mixing bowl and mash them until fairly smooth, I like a few little banana chunks left in there still.

Combine with the rest of the ingredients and mix to a smooth batter.

Add the mixture to your loaf tin and bake for around 50 minutes to an hour, use a skewer in the centre to check if the middle is cooked. I couldn’t find my loaf tin but your average cake tin will still work absolutely fine!

I like to serve it warm with a little drizzle of dairy free yoghurt or sometimes spread a slice with a little nut butter.

Walnuts are also a tasty addition into the batter, there are so many different flavour variations you can make with this simple recipe.

 

I would love to know if you try this out and enjoy it, please tag me on instagram if you do!

Jas

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Recipes

Simple Vegan Victoria Sponge

This cake is so easy, minimal ingredients and tastes so delicious you wouldn’t know it’s vegan.

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Ingredients

For the cake

250g self raising flour

200g caster sugar

230ml water

75ml vegetable oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp salt

For the filling

75 grams vegan butter (vitalite is my go to)

50 grams of vegetable shortening (I used trex)

1 cup icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 jar strawberry or raspberry jam

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180c and grease two 8 inch cake tins.
  2. Now the easy part, literally combine all the cake ingredients together and mix. Make sure not to over beat it and just combine all the ingredients until the batter is smooth.
  3. Divide between the two cake tins and place into the oven to bake for around 25-30 minutes, checking the centre with a skewer to make sure the cakes are cooked through.
  4. While your cakes are cooling you can move onto the buttercream, beat the shortening and the butter together until smooth and fluffy.
  5. Gradually add the icing sugar into the mix, beating gently at every slight addition to avoid the icing sugar cloud.
  6. Once the cakes have cooled to the touch, apply a generous layer of jam to one side, and then top with the buttercream before sandwiching the second cake on top.

 

Let me know if you try this recipe, I’d love for you to share it on instagram and tag me @littlepieceofvegan if you do!

Jas x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipes · Reviews

Mr Singh’s Sauces

So it’s been a little while since my last post and I’ve been itching to write with no inspiration but then as if by magic what popped through the door but a lovely parcel from Mr Singh’s Sauces!

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I first had a try of this company in my subscription box to The Vegan Kind a couple of months ago with their Chilli, Lemon and Cracked Salt flavour crisps which I absolutely LOVED. Now I am not usually one for too much spice because I’m admittedly a massive pansy, but I do like a nice chilli flavour and these crisps really hit the spot, and if you’re like me with your heat tolerance,  paired with a big tub of hummus you have got a winning combo!

Mr Singh’s are a family run business from East London and one of the friendliest companies I’ve ever had the pleasure to speak to, so I was more than happy when they offered to send me some of their sauces to try out.

I got so excited when I saw the BBQ Chilli flavour because I am a fiend for barbecue flavoured anything. I knew I had to pop out to grab some jackfruit for the ultimate test (they’re now selling cans for £1.20 in sainsbury’s fyi!), and wow I am so glad this is how I tried it out! The chilli flavour in the sauce gave just enough heat that you can taste it without overpowering the flavour, and the sweetness from the jackfruit balanced out the spice so well. Pop it into a wrap with salad or over some rice and veggies and you’ve got a deeeelish meal.

Quick recipe

Drain a can of jackfruit while your frying pan heats up.

Add jackfruit to the pan and cook on high until it’s goes almost crispy and you can start to shred it with a fork.

Add as little or as much of your sauce of choice as you’d like! I used a fair bit because I like it saucy.

Continue to cook on a medium heat so that the sauce doesn’t burn the pan, until it thickens and all the jackfruit is coated.

And serve! Super easy and really tasty.

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Next up to try was the Hot Punjabi Chilli sauce, which I drizzled over some sesame broccoli and noodles. If you are a fan of Sriracha then this is the one for you. Perfectly spicy with a slight sweetness from the molasses coming through. Just try not to go overboard with the drizzling or your mouth may be on fire!

Now for someone who can hardly handle spice, I really, really like Mr Singh’s product’s because although there is heat, the flavours that power over that are incredible and so tasty.

Have you tried anything from Mr Singh’s? If not then you definitely need to! You can order directly through their website Mr Singh’s Sauce, or find a list of their stockists on there too.