Cous Cous Stuffed Vegan Loaf

Christmas… Christmas… Christmas… A time for family, chilling on the beach and eating way too much food. This is my first Christmas as a vegan so I thought I would slowly work my way through a traditional Christmas lunch in an attempt to veganify the whole thing because who doesn’t love a cruelty free food feast πŸ˜›

So… I believe the main dish is usually a stuffed turkey in most people’s Christmas feasts. I say most people’s because we have always had ham or chicken or salmon… but let’s just go with turkey. I thought the best way to recreate this would be with a stuffed loaf. I made a tomato loaf at the beginning of the blog and it is the easiest thing ever to make. So, I took that recipe, made a plain version and put a cous cous stuffing in the middle.

This recipe requires a bit of work in terms of assembly but I reckon it’s worth it. So give it a go and mix it up with different types of stuffing.

Cous Cous Stuffed Vegan Loaf

Ingredients

Bread Base

  • 3 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil ( I used Coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt

Stuffing

  • 1/2 cup cous cous
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable stock paste
  • 1 Tbsp mixed herbs
  • 1/2 can diced tomatoes
  • 125g mashed potatoes (about 1 medium)
  • 4 dates (finely diced)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp rosemary

Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 200C on bake. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Boil 1/2 cup of water in a pot. Once boiled add the cous cous, remove from heat and leave covered until all the water is soaked up.
  3. Mix the stock paste into the remaining water and mix until dissolved.
  4. Add all the other stuffing ingredients into the cous cous (stock mix, herbs, tomatoes, potatoes, dates, and almonds)Β and mix until combined well.
  5. Return to heat. Once boiling remove from heat and leave covered again so the cous cous can soak up the liquid. Meanwhile, prep the bread dough.
  6. In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients.
  7. In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients.
  8. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
  9. ASSEMBLY: Put 1/3 of the bread dough in the bottom of the loaf tin and spread so that the bottom of the tin is covered. You want to make an indent in the middle of the dough for the stuffing. Spoon about 1/2 the stuffing into the indent and shape into a sausage. Shape another 1/3 of the bread dough around the stuffing. Spoon some more of the stuffing mixture in. Be careful not top overfill the loaf. You still want to be able to cover up the stuffing. Once full, cover the stuffing with the remaining dough.
  10. Brush the top of the loaf with a little coconut oil.
  11. Put loaf in the oven and bake for about 35 mins.
  12. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing.
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