Sarah Brighton over at My New Roots has got it going on. I was initially introduced to her blog by a friend from Toronto who went to Havergal – Sarah used to be her art teacher! She’s since gone on to write for Martha Stewart’s Meatless Monday, has an amazing blog and cookbook and advocates for a healthy, plant based diet. If you haven’t heard of her Life Changing Loaf of Bread yet – you’re probably going to want to make it, with or without my customizations.
I like this bread so much that I have about 6 zip-locs in my freezer with all the dry ingredients portioned out, so when I have a craving I’m only an hour and a half away from enjoying it however I please. I just add water, sweetener (maple syrup or honey), and a fat (coconut oil, butter, or olive oil), let sit for 20min (longer if I have time), and bake.
When I first made this, Zac and Anthony made fun of it. One because that is what they do, and two because it looks so healthy / rustic. I can’t remember exactly how this conversation went, but it was something like, “That looks like something out of [George Orwell’s] ‘1984,’” with the other crowing with laughter and responding, “Victory Bread!” Hilarious. Anyway, I actually like the name and now we all call it Victory Bread.
Sarah recommends maple syrup – I’ve used it and honey, both work. She recommends coconut oil or ghee but I usually use regular butter or olive oil. I really like the flavour of it with coconut oil, but I find it restricts the bread’s use to more of a breakfast / toast situation. Lately, I’ve been making Victory Bread and Deliciously Ella’s Superfood Bread into croutons for my Caesar Salad. You do need a flexible silicon loaf pan – let me know if you have success without it, but I tried and didn’t. Its worth it though – you can get them fairly inexpensively on Amazon, and at least 3 people I’ve made this for have immediately gone out and gotten the pan so they could make it at home!