Dairy free coconut and sultana breakfast loaf with a crunchy seed and Rice Krispie topping. The perfect start to your weekend mornings.
Over the weekend I made this gorgeous breakfast loaf. The inspiration firstly came from a breakfast recipe challenge set by Vita Coco and secondly from my own favourite breakfasts as a child: toast and cereal.
Toast and cereal…..quite boring I hear you say, but lets bring the two together; lets make bread with milk and top it with honey coated, crunchy cereal and seeds.
I think not . . .
Dairy free Breakfast Loaf
The milk used in this recipe is actually Vita Cocos new coconut milk alternative. And may I say that it is the best milk alternative I have ever tried. Its creamy, sweet and made with 70% coconut. Best of all this coconut milk alternative is dairy free, gluten free, soy free, has no added sugar and to quote Vita Coco it #tasteslikenoudder. In fact I think it would go really well with my free from cardamom and treacle panna cotta recipe!! I also may have tried it in my cup of tea and was pleasantly surprised. So its thumbs up all round for Vita cocos new milk alternative.
Fruity and spiced breakfast bread on a weekend
Sometimes all I want on a Sunday morning is some sweet fruit toast, smothered in proper butter, washed down with a lovely cup of tea. So when I set out to make my first ever breakfast loaf I knew it had to include plump and sweet sultanas and a helping of mixed spice. The addition of the coconut milk and crunchy cereal topping really turned it into something extra special.
Making the breakfast loaf
So basically this is just a tarted up piece of bread. I know a lot of people will shy away from making their own bread – but trust me this is totally worth it. Its also not that hard to make and to demonstrate how easily you can recreate this stunning bread, I’ve made a little storyboard of step-by step instructions below. Along with the more detailed methods in the recipe this should help anyone to get this bread made and eaten 🙂
The most important part of making bread is to make sure your yeast is activated in the right environment and that the dough is kneaded for long enough and given chance to rise. If you would like to know a little more about these processes I’ve previously written about the method of bread making in my mini bread rolls recipe.
Once I’d made my dough and left it somewhere warm to rise, I turned to a box of cereal to make my crunchy topping. And as this was originally inspired by my childhood breakfasts, the cereal of choice was of course Rice Krispies.
After gently heating a couple of tablespoons of honey I mixed in the Rice Krispies and seeds and then carefully spooned the mixture over the dough. The whole thing then went in the oven to bake through and crisp up.
A slice of this breakfast loaf with a good spread of butter is fabulous – for sure. But a slice that is lightly toasted, with a helping of butter melted on top, is by far my most favourite way to savour and enjoy this loaf. The heat from the toaster brings out the flavours of the mixed spice and slightly warms and softens the sultanas. Add on the flavours of creamy coconut and melted, salty butter and there is just no arguing with this glorious, homemade breakfast loaf.
Brown Paper and String
But of course, unless you have a few mouths to feed, this loaf will probably be a little too much to consume in one sitting. I wrapped my loaf up in brown paper and string – just because I could, and as well as keeping the bread pretty fresh it also looks pretty awesome.
Ready to be stored in the bread bin, or taken on a picnic – a breakfast loaf that will definitely go down a treat whatever the time or occasion.
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This recipe is an entry into the Dairy Free Style Your Breakfast challenge with Vita Coco and Foodies100. See more great breakfast ideas at http://www.vitacoco.com/uk
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