Are you ready to elevate your baking game and tantalize your taste buds with this irresistible pesto bread recipe? We’re so excited to share this incredible recipe from Fantastic Vegan Recipes for The Teen Cook by Elaine Skiadas. From its aromatic blend of basil, garlic, and rich olive oil to the culinary combination of warm, freshly baked bread and zesty pesto, this homemade delight is a must-try for all bread enthusiasts and flavor seekers.
Discover the joy of creating a homemade loaf of pesto bread that surpasses anything you can find in a store. From the satisfaction of kneading the dough to the heavenly aroma that fills your kitchen, this recipe for pesto bread promises a rewarding baking adventure and a delicious end result.
We promise that this pesto bread is the best o’ bread you can make. There’s no time for rest-o, let’s make some pesto!
You’ll love making your own pesto bread with this easy-to-follow recipe. With its fragrant herb-infused dough and burst of pesto flavor, this homemade creation will become a centerpiece of your baking repertoire. Not convinced yet? Here are more reasons why this pesto bread is so amazing:
Discover the essential building blocks of a delightful pesto bread that add depth and flavor to this beloved baked treat. From the vibrant freshness of basil to the savory notes of nutritional yeast, each element plays a crucial role in crafting a perfectly balanced and satisfying loaf.
Making the pesto for this bread is so easy. Don’t be tempted to use store-bought pesto here. Using fresh, homemade pesto will add so much more flavor to the bread!
To make the pesto, add all pesto ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.
Start with these few simple and essential ingredients! Water, sugar, yeast, flour, olive oil, vegan butter, and salt.
Follow these simple steps to make this pesto bread. The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for the dough to rise, but trust us…it’s worth the wait!
Step One: Place the water, sugar, and yeast into a bowl and allow it to stand for about 5 minutes until foamy. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and salt together. Add the yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until a shaggy dough starts to form.
Step Two: Knead the dough for about 5 minutes on a clean work surface. For this recipe, you want the dough to be a little on the stickier side.
Step Three: Oil a large bowl and place the dough inside. Turn it a few times so the dough is coated in oil. Cover it with a damp towel and leave it in a warm spot for about 1½ hours. During this time, the dough will double in size.
Step Four: Punch the dough down. This is an essential step when making dough. This releases any gas bubbles formed during rising and allows you to knead and form it. Now we’re ready to move on to the next step!
Step One: Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 12 x 18–inch shape. Spread the freshly made walnut pesto over the surface of the dough.
Step Two: Roll the dough up lengthwise, forming a log shape. Cut the dough into 9 or 10 equal-sized pieces with a sharp knife or dental floss.
Step Three: Grease an 8 x 4–inch loaf pan with vegan butter. Line with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang on two opposite sides. This will allow for easy removal once the bread is baked. Place the pieces into the loaf pan to create a zigzag pattern and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot for about 45 minutes to slightly rise again.
Step Four: To bake, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Remove the plastic wrap and brush the tops all over with olive oil. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil halfway through the baking time. This will prevent the tops from getting too dark. Test the readiness by inserting a toothpick to ensure the center is no longer doughy.
Step Five: Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before serving.
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Yes! Simply use your favorite gluten-free dough and follow the rest of the recipe as usual.
Yup. Because this pesto pull apart bread is homemade without preservatives, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator. Or, if you’d prefer, you can leave it on the counter. But, it will only last a couple of days this way.
Pesto has a nutty, herby, and garlicky flavor. The herbs (basil, parsley, oregano, etc.) and nuts (walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios) you choose will also change the flavor slightly. Use the herbs and nuts you love best for the most delicious homemade pesto.
Homemade pesto bread offers a delightful combination of fresh basil, walnuts, and garlic, adding a burst of flavor to your supper table. Its simplicity and versatility will make it an appetizing addition to your recipe repertoire. So, grab your apron and give yourself a few minutes of fun creating this mouthwatering pesto-infused bread in your very own kitchen.
Elaine Skiadas is the teenage recipe developer and food photographer behind her popular blog Wandering Chickpea. Elaine’s passion for environmentally-conscious cooking and promoting healthy habits shines through in her creations, proving that vegan cooking can be both exciting and delicious. From mouthwatering Zucchini Bread Pancakes to satisfying Spinach Artichoke Quesadillas and innovative dishes like Roasted Red Pepper Pasta and Indian Butter Tofu, Elaine’s recipes are designed to inspire and delight. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting out, Elaine’s guidance will make vegan cooking easy, enjoyable, and full of flavor. Embrace the joy of cooking and discover a whole new world of plant-based possibilities with Elaine’s new cookbook Fantastic Vegan Recipes for The teen Cook.
This Pesto Pull-Apart Bread recipe is from the Fantastic Vegan Recipes for The Teen Cook by Elaine Skiadas. Page Street Publishing Co. 2023. Thanks to Jessica Sabbagh and María Estela Highet, our amazing Word of Vegan recipe testers for their feedback on this recipe! Photos by Amanda McGillicuddy for World of Vegan, all rights reserved.