A tasty sweet and healthy start to the day. Lovely toasted with vegan margarine or fruit spread. If you cant find quinoa flakes rolled oats will work just as well. as vegans we all know how awesome quinoa is. I buy fair trade quinoa to avoid that awkward “yeah but quinoa is evil for the farmers” speech and also well I buy fairtrade where ever I can afford it anyway, give me warm fuzzy feelings of niceness. This loaf is also makes the most luscious vegan french toast topped with fresh berries and pairs well with marmalade. This recipe makes 2 loaves.
2 1/4 cups plain strong white organic bread flour, plus extra for dusting surfaces
3/4 cup quinoa flakes, pulsed in a food processor
1/4 cup quinoa flakes
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup flame raisins
1 tbsp ground cinamon
the zest of 3 blood oranges
3/4 cup blood orange juice (about 3 oranges)
1/2 cup tepid almond milk, plus extra for glazing loafs
1 sachet of fast action dried yeast
1 tbsp agave syrup
2 tbsp melted vegan margarine
Whisk the yeast into the tepid almond milk with the agave and set aside for a few minutes. In a mixing bowl stir together the dry ingredients and the orange zest, make a well in the center add all the ingredients to the bowl and stir together well for about 4 minutes, the dough will be quite wet. Turn the dough out onto a generously floured surface and knead in extra flour until you have a manageable dough. Knead for a few minutes more. Drizzle a little canola/rapeseed oil into a bowl a toss the dough gently round the bowl to coat in the oil. Cover with cling film and place somewhere warm for 1 1/2- 2 hours until doubled in size. Once the dough has risen to double the size, half and gently knead into two loaf shapes and place into two lined loaf pans and allow to rise up for another 30 minutes. bake in a preheated oven at 200c/400f for 30-40 minutes until golden brown on the outside and cooked all the through. You can test the loaves by flipping upside down and tapping the bottoms, they should sound hollow. allow to cool before slicing. Makes lovely toast!