Today, we want to share a fun and easy recipe that will make your next breakfast the happiest meal. It's called ube bread, a soft and fluffy loaf prepared with vegan purple yam butter. If you've never tried ube before, you're in for a treat! It's got the most wonderful colour and flavour. Give it a go — we're sure you'll love it!
Also known as purple yam, ube belongs to the family of yam tubers. It's a root vegetable with a vibrant violet and starchy flesh that bursts with antioxidants. It's a staple ingredient in Filipino cuisine where it's used to prepare a sweet purple spread, called ube halaya, and many colourful desserts.
For this recipe, you could use ready-made ube halaya, available online or at Asian food stores or prepare vegan ube butter from scratch.
Unlike the classic ube halaya, our ube spread is closer to butter than to a jam. That's because we added a little bit of coconut oil which makes it as hard as proper butter once it cools down.
The two things that make Classic toast bread is so soft and spongy are butter and whole milk. But we achieved a very similar result while keeping the recipe fully vegan and dairy-free. We did it by replacing butter with the coconut oil in our ube butter and by using coconut milk instead of whole milk.
Apart from its wonderful colour, this ube bread stands out for its naturally sweet and slightly nutty flavour. It's really a remarkable little thing! As for the other ingredients, we used basic white loaf foodstuff like bread flour, salt, water and instant dry yeast. And for extra richness and softness, we brushed it with a splash of coconut milk and maple syrup.
All you have to do is knead all into a dough, let it prove until nicely puffed, and then bake it in a loaf tin until crusty. Easy!
We bet you'll be so excited to try this super cute purple bread that you won't even wait until it cools down — just like us!. So slice it, toast it, and slather it with homemade berry jam, nut butter, or even some ube spread for extra purpleness. Enjoy!