• Alison Elliott

Vegan Zero-Waste Basil Pesto Babka (Swirl Bread)

Updated: Nov 10



Prep Time: 2 Hours

Bake Time: 40 Minutes

Total Time: 2 Hours & 40 Minutes


Bread Ingredients:

3 c. Flour (extra for rolling)

2 tbsp. Yeast

1 c. Warm water

1/4 c. Olive oil

1/2 tsp. Salt


Zero-Waste Basil Pesto Ingredients:

3 c. Basil (with the stems to limit waste)

1 c. Raw cashews

1/2 c. Nutritional yeast

3/4 c. Olive oil

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper


Combine the warm water and yeast in a bowl and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Measure the flour, salt, and oil into a stand mixer (or large bowl). Add the water a kneed the dough for 8 minutes. Set the dough in a warm spot with a towel covering the bowl for 1 hour to rise.


Make the pesto while the dough is rising. Add all the pesto ingredients to a food processor and blend for 3-5 minutes.


Lay flour on a clean surface and roll the dough into a large rectangle. Add the pesto to one side of the dough. Roll the dough into one long log. Cut the dough down the log starting 1 inch from the top (a portion of the dough should still be connected). Braid the dough and place it in a greased bread pan to rise for 30-45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375. Bake the babka for forty minutes. Enjoy fresh from the oven.


Serving Size: 6-8



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