Vegan garlic bread is a new game-changer for us. Garlic bread is everywhere in the UK. We'd eat it at the pub, at the local take out, buy it in the shop and warm it up in the oven. I think it's fair to say that garlic bread is, in a weird way, a British staple food. Even though garlic bread originated from Italy, we adopted it and made it awesome, popular and delicious.
But what about vegan garlic bread? Did you know you can actually make your own fully vegan garlic bread? It's easy, accessible and with a few changes, you can make it entirely plant-based. Now, since we live in Germany, we tried finding a vegan garlic bread in the supermarkets but to no avail. So we needed to get creative in the kitchen and come up with our own version of an awesome vegan garlic bread which is not only perfect for cheeky dinners but for awesome gatherings and celebrations with friends.
What is vegan garlic bread
Our vegan garlic bread is a little bit different than anything you will find on the market. First of all, we make it from scratch, including the base, we mix our own vegan garlic butter and then bake it all beautifully. But the most important thing is that our vegan garlic butter contains no animal products, no dairy and it's super crispy, much like a pizza base.
Throughout the years, we perfected this recipe and realised that having a crispy vegan garlic bread is a lot more satisfying than eating fluffy bread with garlic on top. That's because a crispy base is a bit more versatile, can be eaten as pizza (with toppings if you want) and is easily shareable. Plus it looks better, more appetising, in my opinion.
So vegan garlic bread is basically a cruelty-free version of the original, but way better. Keep on reading, you will see why,
How to make vegan garlic bread
There are many variations for making vegan garlic bread, but we wanted to show you something a little different. Crispy vegan garlic bread made from scratch is a lot tastier and makes for a much more fun dinner party appetizer for example.
We make it from scratch and we start with the dough, then we make our own vegan garlic butter.
For the vegan garlic bread base (the dough) you will need the following ingredients:
- 3 1/2 cups (450 g) bread flour
- 1 cup + 1 tbsp (250 ml) water
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
Mix the water with sugar and sprinkle the active dry yeast on top. Set aside for 10 minutes until foamy. Mix the flour with salt in the bowl of a standing mixer. Make a well in the middle and add the yeasty water. Add the olive oil and using the hook attachment, mix on medium speed until you get a smooth and slightly soft, non-sticky dough. If your dough feels too dry, add a little more water, one tbsp at a time.
Place the dough in a lightly floured bowl, cover with a towel and let it rise for around 45 minutes until doubled in size. The result should look somewhat like the picture below.
In the meantime, make the began garlic butter. For the vegan garlic butter you will need:
- 1/2 cup (115 g)vegan butter
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic (or more if you want a very pungent garlic butter)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp chopped chives
- 1 tsp parsley
Add the vegan butter, the garlic cloves, salt, lemon juice, the chives and parsley in a food processor. If you want your vegan garlic butter to be really pungent and garlicky, consider adding more garlic to the mix. I would add one garlic clove at the time, taste, then add another id needed.
Whiz until everything is well combined together. Set aside.
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Preheat the oven to 200C/390F.
Once your dough has doubled in size, move it to a lightly floured work surface. Knock the gas out of it then knead it for a minute and shape it into a ball. Divide it into four equal parts. Using a rolling pin, roll one part of the dough into a rectangle or circle, whichever you feel more comfortable with.
Try and roll the dough as thinly as you can manage. Feel free to sprinkle a little more flour here and there to ensure the dough doesn't stick to the rolling pin or the work surface.
Transfer your dough shape to a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Using a kitchen brush, brush the vegan garlic butter over the dough.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 5-10 minutes until golden and crisp. Take out of the oven and set aside.
Repeat with the remaining three parts of the dough until all four vegan garlic breads are ready.
Cut into squares, small rectangles or triangles and serve on a plate, alongside sweet chilli sauce or any other dipping sauce you like.
You can store the leftovers in the fridge and have them for breakfast. If you reheat it, make sure to sprinkle a little water over the vegan garlic bread so it doesn't dry out too much.
That's it. You are now ready to bake your own vegan garlic bread.
What do you say? Ready to give your own vegan garlic bread a go? We think this is the coolest dinner when we fancy enjoying a lazy evening on the sofa with a good movie. Have them with some Aperols or Gin Tonics on the side and don't forget that you can add olives, mushrooms or capers as a topping if you want to transform it from vegan garlic bread to vegan garlic pizza.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.