I love this lemon flax bread. Love. Love. LOVE.
I make this recipe over and over and every time I am just I’m tickled, I’m so happy with the results. I prefer this bread in super thin slices. It just feel right in light and delicate slices, with just the right amount of glaze and crispy crust on each piece.
Best tip ever: For an extra crispy crust, lightly grease the baking tin with cooking spray and then dust the inside of the tin with sugar. You get a crispy and caramel-ly (for sure a word) crust. Thin slices somehow make it feel like there is more crispy crust to go around. Obviously I’m deluded. But I insist thin slices are better and make me happy. It also means you get so many more slices…
You are likely familiar with flax-seed as an egg replacement. In this bread, flax is the star of the show. Flax-seed is busy being the flavour and the texture here so it just doesn’t have time to also be the thing that binds or the glue that holds the bread together. So to make this bread vegan I had some work to do on the original recipe. The original recipe — which I posted on the blog in the form of muffins years ago — has eggs and buttermilk in it. To make it vegan I swapped out the eggs for some well mashed banana and just used a little soured non-dairy milk instead of buttermilk.
A few notes:
- Because the bread already has a good amount of flax in it, I didn’t want to use more flax to replace the egg …. I was afraid it would become just be too flax-y (so, obviously a real word). Mashed ripe banana worked great and the mild banana flavour is just so good with the lemon and flax-seed.
- To replace buttermilk, take a liquid measuring cup and add a tablespoon of cider vinegar or lemon juice. Then, fill the liquid measure the to required volume called for in the recipe with the non-dairy milk of your choice (use coconut, soy, rice or almond). Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes while you get the remaining ingredients ready. Any non-dairy milk will do. Soy and coconut milk curdle nicely and are a bit thicker – like actual buttermilk.
The lemon glaze is a must! Dusting the inside of a greased baking in with granulated sugar makes a sweet crispy crust
15 minPrep Time
50 minCook Time
1 hr, 5 Total Time
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup flaxseed
- 1 medium sized banana, well mashed
- 2 cups all-purpose whole wheat flour (or a combination of whole wheat and white, all purpose)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice or cider vinegar
- 3/4 cups soy milk - scant measure, (or other non-dairy milk, like coconut)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray loaf tin with cooking spray and sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly inside the tin.
- Grind flaxseed and measure 6 tablespoons. (My magic bullet works great for this.)
- Combine the remaining 1 cup of sugar and banana in the bowl of a standmixer, or large bowl using a hand mixer, beat on high-speed for about 3 minutes, until creamy and sugar is well dissolved.
- In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, flaxseed and salt. Stir well.
- In a small bowl combine soured milk, oil, lemon rind and vanilla. With the mixer running at low-speed, alternately add the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, mixing well after each addition.
- Spoon batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool 5 minutes in the baking tin, then remove from the tin and allow to cool on a cooling rack. Cool completely before glazing.
- For glaze, combine lemon juice and powdered sugar and drizzle over top of the loaf. Allow the glaze to dry and firm up before slicing (not absolutely necessary, but helps for longer storage).
Wait for the bread to cool before adding glaze, otherwise the glaze will melt and disappear into the bread. As the glaze sits, it will harden slightly making storage and slicing easier. Use a serrated knife to slice this bread super thin.