Vegan caramelised red onion and cheese tear-and-share loaf

It killed me not to be able to post this immediately. I am writing this post ahead of time, because when you read this I will be on the five hour journey back from wales. I really wanted you guys to have this though, because oh my goodness this bread is so good! And it is so simple! The dough itself only takes about 15-20 minutes to make!

This tear-and-share loaf may be great for parties, but feel free to eat it all by yourself (we aren’t judging). The sweet, sticky centre is complemented by the melted cheese… ooo look at me sounding all fancy! But these are quite special! The balsamic vinegar really adds flavour to the red onion, and the bread has a soft, pillowy centre and a great crust. Makes me want to make them again (and eat them, obviously!)

You will most definitely be the biggest hit in the party if you bring these rolls! That can, alternatively, be made as individual rolls, just bake for about 15 minutes instead! But either way, if you manage to share these (don’t blame you if you don’t!), everyone is going to love you!

Vegan caramelised red onion and
cheese tear-and-share loaf
Description: This delicious tear-and-share
loaf is perfect party food and will
make everyone love you!!
Prep time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes
Serves: 12 people
Suitable for vegans

Ingredients:

  • 300 g strong white bread flour
  • 1 sachet (7 g) dried yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 180 ml lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 red onion, sliced 
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 100 g vegan cheese, 50 g grated, 50 g cut into 12 cubes

Method:

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and salt.
  2. Make a well in the centre and pour in the water and olive oil. Combine with your fingertips.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead with the palms of your hands for 5 minutes or until smooth and springy. Add extra flour as needed. 
  4. Place the dough back in a flour-dusted bowl and cover with a damp cloth. 
  5. Leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  6. While the dough rises, prepare the onion filling. In a pan, heat the vegetable oil and then fry the onions until translucent.
  7. Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar and cook until it has reduced to a caramel, but the onions have held their shape. Leave to cool.
  8. Divide the dough into twelve equal pieces. Roll one into a ball, flatten, and then place a cube of cheese and some onion filling in each. Then seal and repeat. Place into a floured 8″ cake tin. Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F/ Gas mark 6)
  9. Once you have placed all the rolls in the tin, cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place to rise for another 15 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top, then bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Leave in the tin to cool for five minutes, then take out and let cool completely.
  12. Get some friends round! (Or, you know, don’t).

Storage instructions: Will store in an airtight container for 3 days, best eaten fresh.

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