Virtual Vegan Potluck December 2014: Holiday Fruit Crown Bread


Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

The holidays is the time for sugar and spice. And everything nice! Today is special because bloggers around the world are all linking up to the awesome Vegan Virtual Potluck which is a bi-annual virtual event organised by Annie of An Unrefined Vegan.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

Much like a real potluck, each participating blogger is bringing a dish to the event in one of eight courses. You are currently in the third course as I am bringing a bread recipe to the potluck. All blogs are linked, so to do the full circle and peruse at what others have brought, simply navigate by clicking on the “forward” and “back” buttons/links at the end of the post to move onto the next/previous blog. With all meals being plant-based, we hope you will be able to enjoy the most wonderful virtual dinner ever. So, why don’t you grab yourself a nice teapot full of your favourite infusion and enjoy this eight course degustation comprising of appetizers, beverages, breads, soups/stews, sides, salads, mains and of course dessert!

I am presenting a Sweet Fruit Crown Bread that you can either enjoy as a snack on its own or accompanied by some creamy dessert.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

One thing before we start, do not be intimidated by the steps and process. It looks more than it is. I have made this bread many times already on week-day nights in less than half an hour preparation time. Then, while it bakes for only 25 minutes, I just quickly clean up the few utensils that I’ve used and get ready for movie time with a nice cuppa! This is the perfect bread for wintery nights.
Oh! I couldn’t resist making a video for this one too! So, sit back and relax while you watch or read the full recipe below. So, allons-y!

Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

Ingredients (1 crown: 10 portions)
Bread:
1 cup quick oats + 1/2 cup water (or use 3/4 cup oat pulp – leftover oat fibres from homemade oat milk)
1 teaspoon vinegar (or lemon juice)
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch salt
1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 tablespoon sugar
1/4 vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (you may omit this if you don’t like cardamom)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Water as required to make dough

Filling:
1 tablespoon cinnamon powder (or as required for sprinkling)
2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
1 apple (peeled and cut into small pieces
Raisins, candied ginger, confit or other dried fruits

Glazing:
2 tablespoons non-dairy milk (I used oat milk)
Pinch turmeric

Icing:
1/4 icing sugar
Few drops of almond extract
Few drops of water as needed to make a running icing consistency
More icing sugar/cinnamon for dusting

Extra flour for work surface

  • Preheat oven at 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If using oat pulp, omit this step. Place oats in a blender and blend on high until reduced to a powder/flour. Place oat flour in a bowl, then add the water. Mix well and leave oats to absorb all water. Leave aside.
  • Peel and cut the apple into small pieces. Leave aside.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cardamom powder and sugar. Mix well.
  • Next add oil and work between the fingers until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
  • Add coconut flakes and mix well.
  • Next, add vinegar and almond extract to the oat mixture (or oat pulp). Mix well.
  • Then add to this to the flour mixture. Begin mixing in the oat with the flour. Do not knead the dough but just keep mixing until a smooth non-sticky dough is formed. If the mixture is dry, add a couple tablespoons of water until you are able to make a dough. If dough is too sticky, add one more tablespoon of oil.
  • Place dough on a floured work surface.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • Shape into a rectangle. Then roll out with a rolling pin to about 1 cm or 2/5 inch thickness, try to keep the rectangular shape.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • Sprinkle dough with sugar and cinnamon.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • Add apples and other dried fruits. From the longest side, add the fruits to only about 3/4 of the way.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • From the longest side, roll the dough over, enclosing the fruits.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • Lightly press to secure the end.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • Before we continue with the next steps, place a piece of parchment paper (same size as the mold or tray you will be using) under the rolled dough. This will make it easier to transfer the dough into the mold or tray afterward.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • Turn the opposite ends of the log towards you to form a doughnut shape. Tuck the sides in and press lightly to secure in place.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • Take a pair of kitchen scissors and cut 3/4 of the way down through the log at equal intervals all round. You may also use a knife but I found that the knife had a tendency to flatten down the crown.
    Tip: I found it easier to handle the scissors with my two hands. This allowed for the handles to be opened wider.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • Be careful not to cut all the way through! Leave the bottom layer of dough uncut. I obtained 10 cuts.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • You may want to pull the slices alternating them toward the center and the outside.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • Transfer into a mold or onto a tray with the parchment paper.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

  • Bake at 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, take the bread out of the oven.
  • For the glazing, mix the non-dairy milk with the turmeric. Brush this mixture onto the crown.
  • Pop the bread back in the oven for 2 minutes.
  • Then take it out and leave to cool before icing.
  • For icing, mix the icing sugar with a few drops of almond extract and water (if required) to make a somewhat liquid consistency.
  • Drizzle all around on the bread.
  • You may also dust with more icing sugar and cinnamon.

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

Vegan Christmas Holiday Sweet Fruit Crown Bread

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe. Leave me a dodo love telling me what you think and then carry on relishing on the rest of the potluck meals.

⇠ To read the blog that precedes mine in the Potluck, click here!
To start at the beginning of the Potluck, click here! ⇡
To read the blog that follows mine in the Potluck, click here! ➸

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36 Comments

  • bunnykitchen.com
    December 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    What a wonderfully festive recipe!
    Please can you update your 'to the beginning' link to http://virtualveganpotluck.com/december-2014/

    Thank you!

  • fittingintovegan
    December 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Wow-this recipe always looked so intimidating, with the making it into a circle. But you made it look super-easy. Now I want to make it!!

  • Juhea
    December 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    This looks…so incredibly good. 😀
    xoxo Juhea aka Peaceful Dumpling

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Updated. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  • Annie
    December 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Potluck!

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    It's looks more complicated than it actually is. And I sometimes vary the filling which makes it different every time.

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 13, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks Juhea. I hope you give it a try. I like making this bread because I can use up my oat pulp in this way. I make a lot of oat milk at home so I get a lot of pulp left. 🙂

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you Annie for organising this event. I am thrilled to be part of it and meet so many bloggers out there. 🙂

  • vedgedout.com
    December 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Wow! I love the look of this bread “crown” so beautiful, healthy and hearty too!

  • Shannon
    December 13, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    This looks so festive and wonderful, and I love that you can use oat milk pulp in the recipe 🙂 that's such a nice vegan touch, haha! Happy VVP!

  • Cat
    December 14, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Lovely blog. I look forward to looking around and learning about Mauritian food!

  • Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    December 14, 2014 at 1:31 am

    This looks like Christmas! Such a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing it with the VVP!

  • marfigs
    December 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    This looks SO good! I'm so thrilled there isn't yeast (stuff of horrors for a novice baker) – can't wait to try it out 😀

  • Jessica DeMarra
    December 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    How lovely for the holidays! I especially like how it is called a crown. Thanks for the step by step guide as well! I wouldn't know how to go about it if there wasn't all these great pics. Great recipe for VVP. Happy Holidays!

  • Jamie
    December 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    What a great idea – looks absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I am happy the way this bread always turns. Looks festive without much effort.

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Yes, oat pulp is what I usually use because I am always making oat milk at home. So, that's a great way to use the pulp. Happy VVP too!

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks Cat. Please be my guest. Mauritian food is already a fusion-style cuisine to which I add my own touch depending on the local ingredients I can find.

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 14, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    You're welcome Amy. I've enjoyed participating in the VVP so much! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Yes no yeast, no waiting time. I am quite impatient when it comes to waiting for bread to rise. So this one is a quick alternative. 🙂

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I always find it a lot easier to follow a recipe with step by step photos. My poor camera is covered in flour and stuffs though. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Holidays too!

  • Glue and Glitter
    December 15, 2014 at 12:31 am

    This is gorgeous! Happy belated VVP!

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 15, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Thanks Jamie. This has become one of my favourite fruit breads. 🙂

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 15, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • rika
    December 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Delighted to see you on VVP Lovlie! Wow, it looks incredibly delicious, with cinnamon, apples and dried fruits! It’s a perfect crown bread for the festivities!

    ★ HAPPY VVP ★

  • Alina Zavatsky
    December 15, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Looks so yummy and festive! Thank you for the recipe!

  • acookinthemaking.com
    December 16, 2014 at 12:52 am

    How beautiful and festive–thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 17, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Thanks rika. Nice to see you on VVP! It has been a fab event.

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 17, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Thank you for stopping. Sorry for the late-ish reply. I am still doing the round of all the VVP blogs!

  • Lovlie Veganlovlie
    December 17, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Thank you so much for stopping by. It's so great to meet new bloggers!

  • apsara
    December 18, 2014 at 12:47 am

    This is my favorite pick from the VVP breads! Lovely ingredients and the method so clearly explained. Just realized that I did not comment at all! And, thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂

  • Apsara Gopalarathnam
    December 18, 2014 at 3:12 am

    My favorite entry in breads at the VVP! Beautiful work with simple ingredients. Thanks for the step-wise pics too, very helpful.

  • Bianca @ ElephantasticVegan
    December 18, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Great recipe! I thought it would be super hard to make, but the step-by-step pictures and the video made it all super clear 🙂

  • sophiesfoodiefiles
    December 27, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I made your lovely round shaped bread yesterday & it is one fantastic festive one!
    So delicious too & a great step-by-step tutorial! Xx

  • Bex @ VeganSparkles.com
    December 29, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Oh WOW, it's like a beautiful gift parcel to share! Love it! x

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