This bread is soft inside, crunchy on the outside, has an incredible flavor AND is homemade. So if you like bread or just want to taste a slice of Germany: this beautiful and delicious bread recipe is for you.

Soft German Bread [Vegan]

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Serves

1 loaf

Cooking Time

60

Ingredients

Pre-ferment

  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1 cup Rye Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Yeast

Mother-dough

  • 1 1/6 cup high-quality bread flour
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1 3/4 tablespoons softened vegan Butter
  • 1 3/5 tablespoons fresh Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar

Preparation

Day 1 – Pre-Ferment

  1. Mix together water and yeast and stir until the yeast has dissolved completely. Then add the rye flour and mix until everything is combined well.
  2. With a dough scraper, scrape down the batter from the sides of the bowl. These are the areas that tend to attract bacteria and that would eventually turn the bread bad.
  3. Take a piece of plastic wrap and cover the bowl. Transfer it to a warm place and let it rest over night.

Day 2 – Mother-Dough

  1. Get a big bowl and mix together the fresh yeast and the warm water first. When well combined, add the rest of the ingredients, including the pre-ferment.
  2. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. If you are using a kneading machine, knead the dough for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add a tbsp of oil to a big bowl and transfer the dough into it. Roll the dough around, until it is completely covered with oil. Then, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let it rest for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. When the dough has doubled in size, transfer it to a lightly flour coated flat surface and knead it for another 2 minutes.
  5. Cover the inside of the casserole dish with some parchment paper. See picture below for reference.
  6. Then form a dough ball that looks more like a log, basically bread shaped, and cover it with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel again and let it rise for another hour or until doubled in size. This recipe used a bread basket, but it is not necessary for this recipe to have one. You can just put the dough on some parchment paper and let it rise there.
  7. After it has risen, transfer the dough to your casserole dish.
  8. Preheat the oven to 480°F.
  9. Sprinkle some flour on top and then cut 3 deep scratches into the dough.
  10. Close the lid and bake the dough for about 30 minutes.
  11. After 30 minutes, take off the lid of the casserole dish and bake for 5-6 more minutes. ATTENTION: do not let your bread get too brown, check on it from time to time.
  12. DONE! Now let the bread cool down before you cut it.


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