Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Pierre Van Zylbaking, bread, Holidays, Muffins, Scones, & Quick Breads, quick breads, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


Vegan Irish soda bread is a simple, dairy-free version of the classic quick bread! It calls for straightforward pantry ingredients and is so easy to make—no kneading or yeast required. I may be having a hard time with cooking, but I’m not having a hard time with soda bread! Of course I’m not. Soda bread is famously simple and low-stress. There’s no extensive kneading required, no yeast or rising times, no starter to keep alive. Just flour, baking soda, salt, butter, and vegan…

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Crispy Broccoli Caesar Salad

Pierre Van Zylbread, broccoli, caesar, cashews, Recipes, romaine, salad, Salads, Vegan


This vegan crispy broccoli Caesar salad is the most satisfying vegetable dish I’ve made in a while! Before I get into it, a thank you for the kind words and messages I’ve gotten in the last week or so. I’ve been OK. Just focusing on my mom as she copes with a loss and weathering some challenges in my own life. I’ve missed weekend reading as usual, and I’ll be back to it this weekend. In the meantime, I’ve been turning to comforting…

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Easy Vegan Multigrain Bread

Pierre Van Zylbread, multigrain bread


I think I may be the only bread baker I know who hasn’t been baking sourdough in quarantine! I’ve made a few loaves, but something about the wait times and planning hasn’t been working for me. I’ve been much more consistent with yeasted loaves, which I can make and bake within a few hours, on a whim if need be. I shared my favorite white sandwich bread a while back, a sweet maple oat bread, and I’m following up today with an easy…

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Vegan Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread)

Pierre Van Zylbaking, bread, Holidays, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


Last weekend, I made my favorite carrot cake for Easter Sunday. Today is Orthodox Easter, which is the Easter I grew up with, and it felt right to once again share something that I associate strongly with the holiday. I couldn’t share anything but tsoureki (τσουρέκι). Tsoureki doesn’t have to be Easter bread. It’s a sweet, Greek holiday bread that’s also shared at other times of the year. When I was growing up, we got it twice yearly: once on the first day…

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Classic Vegan White Sandwich Bread

Pierre Van Zylbread, Recipes, sandwiches, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


Nothing could make me happier than seeing how much interest there is in baking right now, and especially bread making. Baking consistently brings joy to my life, but I don’t think anything gives me as much comfort and sense of satisfaction as making bread. All kinds of bread, from sandwich breads to rustic loaves, yeasted breads to sourdough, whole grain loaves to sweet, enriched doughs. I’ve wanted to share a basic recipe on Instagram stories for a while now, but I’ve been stumped…

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Maple Oatmeal Bread

Pierre Van Zylbread, oats, Recipes, sandwich, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


In the last few weeks, I’ve been wondering what kind of recipes would be most helpful to readers. When I posed the question in Instagram stories, I got an overwhelming amount of excitement about homemade bread recipes. Bread baking is one of my passions, but I still think of myself as a student, rather than an expert who’s in a position to share. Everything I know, I’ve learned from reading other people’s books, and it’s still rare that I come up with recipes…

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Oh-So-Simple Tomato Bread Soup

Pierre Van Zylbread, Dietary Preferences, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Soups, Soy-free, tomato soup, tomatoes, Tree Nut Free, Vegan


The first time I tried Marcella Hazan’s famous tomato sauce (using vegan butter), I had the same reaction that so many others have had: complete disbelief that anything so simple could taste so good. For those of you who haven’t tried “Marcella sauce,” as it’s sometimes affectionately called, it’s made with only four ingredients: tomatoes,…

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