The bread has a crispy crust that is a bit chewy allowing the inside to be soft and tender filled with oh so amazing basil pesto! This bread is excellent with a salad or accompanying a tasty soup.

Braided Pesto Bread [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Ingredients

Dough:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 0.88 ounces fresh yeast
  • 3- 3 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon psyllium

Filling:

  • Pesto, you can use a store bought but it’s always best when it’s homemade. You'll need about 1/2 cup depending how much you love the stuff.
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Preparation

  1. Combine water, yeast and salt. Add psyllium to flours. Start adding flour to the liquid mixture, stir and mix well until the dough gets softer.
  2. Add the oil and give a good knead. If you make 2 breads, half the dough
  3. Roll out the dough into a rectangle, 11 x 7 inches. Spread the pesto generously on the rolled dough.
  4. Roll the dough into a log, lengthwise. Cut the dough into half, lengthwise.
  5. Carefully turn the bread upside down and braid. Let rise until the breads are doubled.
  6. Brush with plant based milk. Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
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