This is a delicious, soft sandwich bread with a light crumb, and it gets its signature dark color from a tiny bit of bamboo charcoal powder. You can omit the charcoal if you can't find it, this is still a great standard bread recipe. Instructions for making homemade burger and hot dog buns are also provided.

Basic Black Bread [Vegan]

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Cooking Time

140

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon bamboo charcoal powder
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon corn semolina
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
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Preparation

To Make a Loaf:

  1. In a large bowl, stir 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 3/4 tablespoon of sugar in 1 cup of warm water until dissolved. Sprinkle a teaspoon of active dry yeast, let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Sift 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups of whole grain flour and 1 tsp of bamboo charcoal powder together in a separate bowl. Once flours are mixed evenly enough, add 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Feel free to omit the black pepper, I just like bread with a bit of a kick!
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of vegan butter to the water mix, then stir in 1/2 cup of the flour mix with a wooden spoon. Keep adding flour a 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough stops sticking to the sides.
  4. Put ball of dough on lightly floured counter-top and start kneading, add a bit of flour every time it starts to stick to your hands. Knead for 15 minutes. You may not use up all of your flour, if there's still a lot left and your dough is nice and smooth don't add any more. Don't want to risk drying it out.
  5. Heat up oven at the very lowest setting. This will be our warm place for bread rising.
  6. Grease up a bowl and put the dough, rolling it once to cover all sides. Cover with a cloth and place in oven. Let rise for 45 minutes.
  7. Your bread should have doubled in size. Take bread out of oven, knead a few times and shape into a 10-11 inch cigar. Sprinkle some corn semolina on a baking sheet and place bread on top, this will keep it from sticking. Slash the top of the bread in the middle, doing this will keep the ends of the bread from splitting. Mist top of bread lightly with water, then add white sesame seeds. Press lightly to make them stick. Cover loaf with a cloth, put back in oven to rise for an additional 45 minutes. If you don't want a traditional bread shape, put bread in a greased loaf pan to rise.
  8. Turn oven up to 350ºF. Bake for 30 minutes, or until it sounds hollow when tapped at the bottom.
  9. Brush sides lightly with coconut oil (or butter) then let cool on a pile of towels, or a cooling rack if you have one.

To Make Burger Buns:

  1. Repeat steps 1 to 6.
  2. Instead of forming into a cigar shape at step 7, divide into eight pieces and shape into a tight ball. Sprinkle baking sheet with some corn semolina and put buns on top. Cover and let rise for another 45 minutes in the warmed oven.
  3. Take buns out of oven, brush lightly with vegan butter and put white sesame seeds on top. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350°F.
  4. Let cool on a pile of towels or cooling rack.

To Make Hot Dog Buns:

  1. Repeat steps 1 to 6.
  2. Divide through into 15 pieces and shape into small cylinders (or general elongated hot dog shape). Sprinkle baking sheet with some corn semolina and put buns on top. Cover and let rise for another 45 minutes in the warmed oven.
  3. Take buns out of oven, brush lightly with vegan butter. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350ºF.
  4. Let cool on a pile of towels or cooling rack.
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    Nutritional Information

    Total Calories: 1585 | Total Carbs: 298 g | Total Fat: 22 g | Total Protein: 46 g | Total Sodium: 3596 g | Total Sugar: 9 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.