If there is one type of bread I love, it’s brioche! Typically brioche bread is egg based and you’ll never come across a vegan version. That being said, I was on a mission to create a vegan brioche to whip u the perf fall french toast…
and the vegan Brioche Pumpkin French Toast was born!!
In all honesty, I love breads more and more as I’ve gotten older. I crave carbs more than sweets! However, I don’t have an affinity for making homemade breads, because so many things can go wrong resulting in a failed bread.
If the yeast is too old it won’t activate. If there is too much salt, sugar, oil, or you use a rubber spatula, it could kill the yeast and the list goes on. (discouraged yet? lol) When everything works though, homemade bread is pure magic!
What’s fab about this dish, is everything! It’s not as involved as most bread recipes, can be be made in an hour, has minimal ingredients in both the bread and the batter, the bread is buttery soft and makes for the perfect french toast, can easily be made in bulk, perf for the fall, perf for entertaining for brunch, and is just game changing!
If you love fun modern vegan concepts or all things pumpkin you have to try this recipe for homemade vegan Pumpkin Brioche French Toast!!
Why this recipe is great:
Perf for fall
Will make you look like a boss at your next brunch!
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Heat up the water (I just microwave it) to slightly over body temperature. When you stick your finger in, it should feel warm, but not hot or scalding.
Mix the sugar and yeast into the water to dissolve. Let the yeast proof for about 5 minutes.
In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, oil, and mashed banana very well. Do not blend the banana because it will lose its stickiness. The banana is acting like a binding agent.
Using your electric mixer with the dough hook, or just with a wooden spoon, combine the yeast mixture, banana mixture, and the flour 1 cup at a time. Knead for about 5 minutes. If you do not have a electric mixer, knead by hand for about 10 minutes. The dough should be tacky and smooth. Start with 3 cups of flour then add more as needed.
Once the dough is smooth and when you poke it, it doesn’t stick to your finger, brush the dough with a bit of oil and cover the bowl with a damp cloth.
Turn off the oven and let the dough rise inside until double in size. It will take about 40 minutes to an hour.
When the dough is done rising, form your brioche. I simply rolled mine into about 5 balls of equal size and placed them in the loaf pan, which will create the ridges you see. (see image)
Let the brioche rise for another 10-20 minutes in the oven. Remove and set oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. The bread should be a golden brown and when you tap the top, it should sound hollow. Let cool completely and then slice into large pieces.
In a large bowl combine all of the batter ingredients. Dip the slices into the batter and let soak for a few minutes. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a little vegan butter. Cook the slices for 3-5 minutes on each side and serve with coconut whip, toasted pecans, and a pinch of cinnamon.
I wouldn’t use a stainless steel pan to cook the french toast as it wasn’t getting a sear on it, but more sticking to the pan