Your next party’s Superstar
This vegan braided bread with Superfood Pesto doesn’t only look pretty, but it also tastes so stinkin’ gooooooooood! And don’t worry, it looks more complicated than it actually is. Let me explain…
Start with the bread
The recipe for the bread dough is actually the same as for my Zopf Braided Bread, the typical bread from Switzerland. This basic recipe is so good, and I really didn’t want to touch it. You just have to mix the flours and the salt in a big bowl, let the yeast rest with the maple syrup and meanwhile heat the soy milk with the olive oil. Then mix it all together into a smooth dough and let that ferment for about an hour. Easy-peasy, really.
A supercharged Pesto
I love pesto. It is prepared so quickly and you can have it in the fridge for several days. It goes well with roasted vegetables, potatoes, any type of pasta of course, and, well with bread. But instead of just tossing it on top of a slice of bread this time I thought I will integrate it.
I usually make pesto with walnuts, instead of the traditional pine nuts. The latter are really expensive (at least here in Spain), so I use walnuts instead. Also the pesto, it is very simple to make. You just need a food processor, throw everything in there and mix.
I gave this pesto an extra nutritional boost with a superfood, the Chlorella algae. This little superstar is rich in protein, iron, vitamin c, antioxidants and omega-3. Chlorella may even help the body detox by binding to heavy metals and other toxins.
Put it all together
It is really easy to achieve this pesto swirl you see in the photo. Instead of making directly the rolls for the braids, you first roll them out into a rectangle. Then you can spread the pesto on each rectangle and roll them up again. Now you can form the braids, or any other form you like the final bread to have. In my Instagram Stories Highlight you can see how I form the braids.
Ready for the oven
And then just bake them for 40 minutes. These breads are, like any bread, best when they come fresh out of the oven. When they are crispy on the outside and still a little warm on the inside.
With salad… or wine!
This Braided Bread with Superfood Pesto can be eaten just like that, solo, or with a salad or it’s also perfect for having with a glass of wine, amazing combination! And of course it makes a huge impression on the food table when you have guests invited.
I really recommend you give it a go. It is so so so so delicious!
Check out my other Pesto Bread on the blog, the Twisted Pesto Bread!
Do you like this recipe? Feel free to share with your friends & family!
Shop this recipe
Click on the links below in order to shop the ingredients or equipment used in this recipe.