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Vegan Pompoms

Vegan Pompoms
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 rolls
Author: Vaishali · Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes


  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 cup warm soy milk or other nondairy milk (Not hot! You should be able to dip a finger into it easily without yelping. Otherwise you'll kill the yeast before it gets to do its job.)
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp transfat-free vegetable shortening (you can replace this too with canola oil but I find the shortening adds a great, flaky texture. Plus, it's better for you than butter because it is lower in saturated fats and has no cholesterol).
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed mixed well with 3 tbsp water
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour


  • Mix together the yeast and water and let it stand in a warm place for five minutes until the yeast starts to multiply.
  • Add to the yeast the nondairy milk, oil, shortening, sugar, flaxmeal mixture, and mix till well blended.
  • Add the bread flour and white whole wheat flour.
  • Knead until well integrated and dough forms in a smooth ball, about 10 minutes on low speed in a stand mixer, or by hand. The dough will be slightly moist but not sticky.
  • Now place in an oiled bowl, turning once to coat with oil. Cover with a kitchen napkin and set aside to rise about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch down the dough, then divide it into 18 pieces. Roll each into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Brush the rolls with some olive oil and let them sit in a warm place for about 1 hour until they are approximately double in size.
  • Make a wash with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp soy milk. Brush the tops of the pompoms with this wash: it will give them a beautiful golden-brown color when they are baked.
  • Bake in a preheated 425-degree oven for about 15 minutes, until the crust is golden-brown. Eat warm. To reheat, put in a 350-degree oven for about 3 minutes (I usually preheat them directly on the rack, but be careful as ignoring them for just a little longer might burn the bottom!).
  • Enjoy!