Crusty Tea Bread for your Bread Machine (Just 4 Ingredients!)

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This crusty tea bread recipe was originally shared with us by the vegan blog, The Tea Guide, but we have updated it. I’ve also added options for baking this tea bread in your oven, if you don’t have a bread machine.

Crusty Tea Bread Recipe with Just 4 Ingredients - for your Bread Machine / Bread Maker or by Hand. Dairy-free and Vegan.

Crusty Tea Bread without a Bread Maker

Pour the slightly cooled tea into a mixing bowl. Add the yeast and let proof for 5 minutes. Add half of the flour and the salt, and stir to combine. Add the remaining flour, and knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes. Cover and place in a warm location for 1 hour.

Punch the dough down. Grease and flour an 8×4-inch baking pan for the Small Loaf, or a 9×5-inch baking pan for the Large Loaf. Shape the dough into a loaf and place it in your prepare pan. Cover lightly and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.

Bake at 350°F for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the bread is golden, crusty, and sounds hollow when tapped. Let the loaf cool for 5 minutes before removing it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note: The picture is for the bread machine version. An oven-baked version won’t be as tall!

Crusty Tea Bread Recipe with Just 4 Ingredients - for your Bread Machine / Bread Maker or by Hand. Dairy-free and Vegan.

Special Diet Notes: Crusty Tea Bread

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

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For a lighter loaf, you can substitute a little bit of oat flour. Substitute ⅓ cup oat flour for the smaller loaf and ½ cup oat flour for the large loaf.
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
Ingredients for one Small Loaf (1 pound):
  • ¾ cup extra-strong black tea, prepared using double amount of tea (cooled for 5 minutes)
  • 2 cups all-purpose (can sub half white / half wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons active dry yeast
Ingredients for one Large Loaf (1½ pounds):
  • 1-1/4 cups extra-strong black tea, prepared using double amount of tea
  • 3 cups flour (unbleached, or a combination of unbleached and whole wheat)
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the order listed in your bread machine / bread maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Bake on the European bread cycle.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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