Easy Oil Free Bread (4 Ingredients)

Oil Free Bread CutThis oil free bread recipe doesn’t get much easier, which is great because we’re on quarantine here in Olón Ecuador without reliable access to vegan bread.

Most bread in this part of Ecuador is made with manteca, which is either vegetable or pig lard and we don’t eat either of those. There is an organic bakery in Olón that doesn’t use manteca, but they haven’t been open regularly and are often out of bread when we go.

The tiendas here in Olón have plenty of harina (flour) so I (this is JP) decided to take my chances making our own bread and it came out great!

Sadly, we haven’t found any whole wheat flour in any of the tiendas in this area, and we didn’t think to buy any last time we were at SuperMaxi in Salinas. It’s on the list now!

Luckily, we did have some active dry yeast on hand that we bought back in Cuenca to make pizza dough. While we haven’t looked for it yet, it was hard to find in Cuenca and we haven’t noticed it here either. Hopefully we can find it because I have a feeling we’ll be eating a lot of this bread!

The third ingredient is a little salt, which is needed for the dough to rise properly. And the last ingredient is warm water! Easy peasy!

HINT: We also like to add 2 teaspoons of garlic powder to our bread to give it some extra flavor. You can also try adding other seasonings like basil or oregano, or even some minced black olives or beets. Get creative and let us know how it turns out in the comments!

It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare the dough, but it needs to sit for 2 hours before you bake it and it needs to cool for a bit before you can cut into it. That means it takes closer to 3 hours total from mix to munch, so take that into account when you’re planning your baking time.

IMPORTANT: The key to getting a golden brown, extra crispy crust is to put some water in a baking dish on the bottom rack. I forgot it one time and the bread came out looking like a giant biscuit, and it stuck to the pan. Just be careful when you open the oven or you might get a steam burn! ¡No bueno!

Let’s get started!

Easy Oil Free Bread
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This oil free bread recipe doesn't get much easier, which is great because we're on quarantine here in Olón Ecuador without reliable access to vegan bread.
Servings Prep Time
12 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2 hours
Easy Oil Free Bread
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Rating: 0
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Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
This oil free bread recipe doesn't get much easier, which is great because we're on quarantine here in Olón Ecuador without reliable access to vegan bread.
Servings Prep Time
12 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: slices
Instructions
  1. Warm the water on the stove or in the microwave or just use warm tap water if it's potable (ours isn't).
  2. Add the yeast and salt (and any other seasonings you like) to the water and let it completely dissolve. Stir a few times.
  3. Add the flour to a large mixing bowl and pour the water mixture in. Stir until it's mixed.
  4. Knead the dough just a little by folding it over on itself a few times to capture all the flour and clean the bowl.
  5. Sprinkle a little extra flour over the dough and flip it upside down a couple times. This will keep it from sticking to the bowl while it rises. Without oil, the dough can get a little sticky.
  6. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it sit for 2 hours.
  7. Near the end of the 2 hour rise cycle, place a baking dish on the bottom rack of the oven with about an inch of water in it. The steam from the water during baking will make the crust of the bread golden brown and crispy.
  8. Place a cast iron skillet or pizza stone or baking sheet on the top rack and preheat the oven to 425 F (220 C). You want the cooking surface to be nice and hot when you put the dough on it.
  9. Once the oven is preheated, remove the cast iron skillet or whatever baking surface you're using and sprinkle a little flour on it to keep the dough from sticking. You don't need to use oil or grease the cooking surface.
  10. Fold the dough over on itself a couple more times to form it into a nice round loaf.
  11. Place the dough on the cooking surface and use a serrated knife to gently cut an X on the top of the dough to make it look all fancy after it's done baking.
    Oil Free Bread Dough
  12. Put it in the oven for 15 to 30 minutes. When the crust is golden brown, it's done. Be careful when you open the oven because the steam from the water can burn you!
    Oil Free Bread Oven
  13. Remove the bread from the oven and let cool on the baking surface for about 10 minutes, then cut with a serrated knife.
    Oil Free Bread
  14. We just eat it plain, but you might also like some hummus, jam or your favorite non-dairy spread.
  15. Now, and this may be the most important step, try NOT to eat the whole thing in one sitting. ¡Buena suerte!
    Oil Free Bread Cut
Recipe Notes

Serving Size is 1 Slice of Bread

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