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Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast (Brick Toast)

Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast (Brick Toast)

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This Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast is a delicious and incredibly mouthwatering, decadent dessert to make year-round. Coated with a sweet and slightly crispy layer, it is then paired with a warm and soft filling piled high with toppings such as berries and ice cream.

Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast (Brick Toast)

We walked out of the car with several bags of bread in our hands.

Every summer when I was in elementary school, whenever my dad had a day off of work he would take my siblings and I to one of our local parks. The heatwave of the day would begin to cool off as we head out. Before we got there we would stop by one of our grocery stores nearby, all of us grabbing bags and bags of bread off the shelves.

As we drove through the park to where the reservoir was, my eyes would sparkle with excitement. We were surrounded by luscious green trees, the sounds of bird chirping filling my ears. When my dad parked, we all got out of the car excitedly with several bags of bread in our hands.

Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast (Brick Toast)

We were immediately greeted by all the ducks, them following us around until we fed them. My dad would help us get up to one of the highest rocks by the water so we could feed them much more easily. I loved hearing all of the ducks squawking over as I threw small pieces of bread at them trying not to feed them too quickly so that I wouldn’t run out of bread before everyone else.

Because my dad worked all the time, we didn’t go on summer vacations together. It might not be the craziest activity, but it was enough for us all, spending time together, being present and with nothing else around else but trees, water, little ducks and the slight summer breeze. The joy I felt was from the inside, without the need to travel far.

Whenever I walk into a bread aisle or make a loaf of bread, my mind immediately goes to those summer memories leading me to make this Japanese Shibuya Toast. It is made with a fresh loaf of vegan bread, coated with a sweet buttery mixture and topped with fun toppings like ice cream, berries, and nuts or anything else you prefer. Every bite is chef-kiss.

Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast (Brick Toast)

Here is an overview of this Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast.

What is Japanese Shibuya Toast?
This decadent dessert is a popular dessert in cafes and tea shops throughout Japan, Taiwan and Singapore. It originates in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, hence the name. I am sure seeing the size you will understand why it is meant to be shared with your friends and family. However, it is so worth trying. It has a blend of colors, textures and flavor. The exterior is made crispy with a blend of maple syrup and butter. It is then filled with fillings of your choice, but the most common ones are the lightly sweetened and buttery cubed bread and fruits. Then you can have fun with the toppings. I used vegan ice cream, fresh berries and chopped nuts, but you can also top it with anything else you want like mini Oreos, chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
Ingredients

Flour: I used bread flour to make the bread. You can also use equal amounts of all-purpose flour if you do not have bread flour.

Sugar: To make it refined sugar-free you can use coconut sugar, but note that the color of the bread will be a bit darker.

Vegan Butter: I like to use unsalted, vegan butter to better control the saltness level of the buns. If you do not have unsalted, vegan butter you can just omit the salt in the dough! I would not recommend substituting the butter with coconut oil.

Maple Syrup: Traditionally, the exterior of the toast is coated with honey and butter. To make it vegan, I brushed the bread with maple syrup and vegan butter to provide a crispy exterior.

Yeast: I used active dry yeast, but you can also use instant dry yeast.

Plant-Based Milk: I prefer to use unsweetened, plant-based milk with no other flavoring like vanilla so that you can better control the flavor of the recipe. You can use any plant-based milk of choice.

Toppings/Fillings: I stuffed the inside of the toast with some of the toasted, cubed bread. However, you can fill it with anything else you want. For the toppings, I used vegan vanilla ice cream, fresh berries, and sliced raw almonds. You can also use any other toppings you like such as Oreos, cookie dough, cookies, whipped cream and anything else!

Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast (Brick Toast)
Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast (Brick Toast)

Tips

Can I make this Vegan Shibuya Toast gluten-free?
I haven’t tested the bread recipe with gluten-free flour yet. However, you can try using 1:1 Gluten-free flour for the best results (I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill). You can also go to one of your local bakeries and grab a fresh loaf of white bread or milk bread.

How do I store this Shibuya toast?
This toast is best served fresh. If you have any leftover bread, you can store them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge without the toppings. You can also reheat it in the oven at 200F for about 10-15 minutes or more until they are warm again. When you are ready to eat them, make sure the bread is cooled first. Then, slice the bread and fill them with your fruits of choice and the vegan whipped cream.

Can I make the toast refined sugar-free?
Yes! You can substitute the sugars with coconut sugar instead when making the bread! For the fillings and toppings, you can add in foods that work best for you.

How do I know when the bread loaf is done?
The bread will look lightly golden in color. When you insert a toothpick into the center of the bread, the toothpick should come out clean.

What toppings can be used?
You can use any toppings you like! I used fresh berries, vegan ice cream and chopped nuts. However, you can top it with anything else you want like crushed Oreos, other fresh fruits, whipped cream and even cookie dough!

Are there any other types of bread I can use instead of white bread?
Since this is a decadent dessert, I recommend using a mild flavor bread such as milk bread.

Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast (Brick Toast)

If you like this Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast, you might also like to try:
Vegan Strawberry Sando (Japanese Fruit Sandwich)
Vegan Sweet Cream Buns
Vegan Vanilla Cake Boxes

I cannot wait for you to try this Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast! If you do, please tag me on Instagram @_withhelen or leave a comment below letting me know you like it! Happy Baking!

Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast (Brick Toast)
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Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast (Brick Toast)

This Vegan Japanese Shibuya Toast is a delicious and incredibly mouthwatering, decadent dessert to make year-round. Coated with a sweet and lightly crispy layer, it is then paired with a warm and soft filling piled high with toppings such as berries and ice cream.

  • Author: Helen Au
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale

Homemade White Bread
188g (¾ cup) unsweetened, plant-based milk, warmed
4g (1 ½ tsp) active dry yeast
13g (1 tbsp) raw cane sugar
313g (~2 ½ cups) bread flour, sifted
1 tsp fine sea salt
14g (1 tbsp) unsalted, vegan butter, room temperature

Brushing
21g (1 tbsp) maple syrup
29g (2 tbsp) unsalted, vegan butter, melted

Toppings
Vegan vanilla ice cream
Fresh berries
Sliced, raw almonds
Fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. If you don’t already have a loaf of white bread, make the bread first. To a bowl, add in the warmed, plant-based milk, yeast and sugar together. Mix it lightly and set it aside until the yeast foams.
  2. To a separate bowl, add in the sifted, bread flour and salt together. Slowly pour in the yeast mixture and mix to combine.
  3. Lightly flour a clean surface with some flour. Knead the dough until it is smooth. Add in the vegan butter and knead again until it is smooth. Place the dough back to a bowl and cover it with a damp kitchen towel and set it aside in a warm area and allow it to proof and double in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400F (204C). Brush an 8-inch loaf pan with some melted, vegan butter or coconut oil. 
  5. Once the dough proofs, take it out of the bowl and knead it again into a circular shape. Place it into the greased loaf pan. Cover it with a damp kitchen towel and allow it to rise again for another 30 minutes.
  6. Bake the bread for 25-30 minutes, until it is lightly golden in color and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing into it. Do not turn off the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 350F. 
  7. Slice the bread loaf about 4 inches long. To one side of the bread, slice the inside of the bread and pull a square out of it. Slice the pulled out square bread into small bite-sized cubes.
  8. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment.
  9. Combine the maple syrup and melted vegan butter together. Brush the inside and exteriors of the chunk of bread and the bite-sized cubes with the maple syrup mixture. Bake them in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until they are slightly golden in color and crispy. Take them out of the oven and allow them to cool completely.
  10. To fill the bread toast, add in the bite-sized bread cubes. Top the bread with some fresh berries, vegan ice cream, sliced raw almonds, fresh mint leaves or anything else you want! Enjoy!

Keywords: Japanese, Shibuya toast, vegan bread, vegan ice cream

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