Vegan Braided Yeast Bread for Easter

There’s no Easter without this traditional baked good in Germany. This braided yeast bread – made without eggs – tastes just like the original, if not better.. It’s very easy to make, you’ll just need a little patience to let the yeast do its magic. In the end you’ll be rewarded with a fluffy, lightly sweet and butter soft braided bread.

Hefezopf vegan braided yeast bread bun
Vegan Braided Yeast Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Resting Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Cake
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Easter
Servings: 1
Author: Mina
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plant milk (250 ml)
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter (margarine) (75 g)
  • 1/2 fresh yeast cube (21 g)
  • 4 cups flour (I used spelt flour type 630) (500 g)
  • 1/4 cup (raw cane) sugar (50 g)
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or extract) (optional)
  • Zest of 1 natural (untreated) lemon (optional)
  • 20 g shaved almonds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat milk in a pot. Add margarine and stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm, then add yeast crumbles and let dissolve completely. 

  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, vanilla and lemon zest. Add yeast milk and knead with dough hooks until a compact dough forms. 

  3. Cover the bowl with a lid or kitchen towel and let rise for at a warm place (I usually cover the bowl with a blanket and put a hot-water bag next to it) for 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. 

  4. After resting, punch down the risen dough, divide in three parts and knead each third for a minute or so. Then roll into long snakes. Pinch the ends of the snakes together firmly and braid. Then again pinch ends together firmly. 

    Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for 30 minutes. 

  5. Preheat oven to 360° F (180° C). 

  6. Brush a generous amount of plant milk over the braid and sprinkle with shaved almonds (or coarse sugar) if desired. 

  7. Bake at 360° F for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. 

  8. Enjoy with jam, vegan butter or as is. Keeps well, e.g. in a container for bread, for a few days. 

Recipe Notes
  • Instead of fresh yeast, you could also use dry yeast (adjust the amount). 
  • Traditionally, the braid is topped with coarse sugar. 
  • You could also add raisins to the dough; for me personally that’s a better fit to Christmas Bread (Stollen)
Hefezopf vegan braided yeast bread bun

I hope you love this recipe – please let me know in the comment section below! If you make this braided yeast bread, make sure to take a photo and share it on my Facebook page or on Instagram, using the hashtag #minamadefood. Oh and don’t forget to tag me (@thisisminamade) so that I can see your creations!

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