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Can I leave the egg out of this bread recipe?

Asked by gemiwing (14713points) May 23rd, 2010

This recipe calls for egg in a yeast bread. I don’t want to make a non-vegan loaf, so can’t I leave out the egg and let the banana and yeast be the binder?


Banana Almond Bread

⅔ cup warm water (110 degrees F.)
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
3 tablespoons sugar
1¼ teaspoons salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed with a fork*
½ cup sliced or chopped almonds
Grated zest of 1 lemon
3½ to 4 cups bread flour
3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast

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6 Answers

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

Mmm, I don’t know, egg is usually a pretty important ingredient. That being said I don’t know that much about cooking, but I imagine they’d put egg in there for a reason.

There are plenty of vegan egg substitutes out there that you could use in place of the egg, instead of leaving it out completely. This site has some information about egg substitute products, when/how to use them, and where you can get them.

lynfromnm's avatar

You can try increasing the bananas to 3. This should take care of the moistness you’d be losing, and bananas are also a little sticky like eggs. Don’t substitute tofu – it comes out really a disgusting texture.

Buttonstc's avatar

You may end up with a much denser loaf than desired. Part of why eggs are in baked goods is to give them some rising ability.

As you probably know, the main difference between cooking and baking is that substitutions in baking are so much more difficult cuz baking recipes involve more science in getting the right balance of ingredients.

Altering food recipes is so much easier and you can wing it far more easily.

perspicacious's avatar

Yes, but add one more tablespoon of oil.

smile1's avatar

You will get a denser bread, as egg makes everything fluffy and partially rises the bread too! Increase the amount of bananas and add another ¼ tsp of yeast!

It might not come out exactly great tasting…

nomtastic's avatar

also, you can try an egg replacer, like arrowroot.

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