Every Christmas we have home made sweet rolls. The recipe calls for 1 egg. Is there anything I could use to replace the egg so the new vegan people in the family can still eat the rolls? Or can I just leave the egg out?

  • I myself have no idea, but I'll bet the experts who will be reading this shortly will be asking you for the rest of your recipe, so they can intelligently suggest replacements for the egg.
    – Lorel C.
    Dec 10, 2016 at 5:46
  • Thank you, Lorel C. It is - 2 pk dry yeast, 2 C H2O, 1/2 C sugar, 1/4 C shortening (using vegan butter), 1 egg, 6 1/2 to 7 C flour, light salt.
    – ah2oman
    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:06
  • Please use the edit button to add that information to your question.
    – Catija
    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:19
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    I really think ah2oman already has a recipe which the whole family enjoys and has adopted as a tradition. The question is only about a substitution for the egg. Ingredient substitutions are entertained here frequently. If the zeal shown on this site for guarding against recipe requests were applied across the internet, we could eliminate hate speech, racism, and terrorism from "cyberspace" by the end of the year.
    – Lorel C.
    Dec 10, 2016 at 17:39
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    @DanielGriscom Questions about adjusting existing recipes are generally acceptable
    – Catija
    Dec 10, 2016 at 19:25

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You can use either chia seeds or ground linseed. Mix a tablespoon of chia/linseed with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit on the counter for about twenty minutes.

That mixture will replace the egg in almost any recipe for bread/mixed cake.

The rest period is important, as it allows the water to soak up the sticky proteins from the linseed/chia.


Going out on a limb here, because I'm not a bread expert, but since your recipe includes plenty of water, yeast and flour, which are known --by themselves-- to produce delicious results, my feeling is 1 egg can safely be left out without causing a massive disruption in the balance of the rest of the ingredients. Common sense tells me any loss of richness from one missing egg will be barely noticed in a mixture with 6.5 to 7 cups of flour.

Eggs add oily richness, so sometimes it helps to throw in a teaspoon or so of extra vegetable oil to help with that homey yummy "oomph", but in this case, the caring gesture of inclusiveness toward the new members of your family will probably more than compensate for the loss of an egg. (My 2 cents worth.)


Soy flour, chickpea flour or other legume flours (mixed in with the main flour at 1:20 to 1:5 by weight) work well for some recipes - experimentation needed.

These are strong,sticky binders (a slurry of chickpea flour can be turned into a viable omelette); how they will effect the final texture is quite dependent on leavening methods etc.

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