About this recipe:I've been trying to bake my own bread for a while but I'm intimidated of starting the learning process with a new set of ingredients. And the thought of yeast gives me the heebie jeebies. So this is me dipping a toe in the world of bread making (bread baking?).
This is a delicious side to when you're having soup for dinner or even pasta because it's very Italian in flavour. Possibly the easiest bread recipe ever which fits perfectly with my lazy cooking ethic...
120 gm freshly grated cheese (any kind is fine and you can mix different kinds depending on what you like and what you find in your fridge – I used a combination of parmesan and cheddar)
½ cup chopped olives
3 eggs + 1 egg for an egg wash
Chopped up sundried tomatoes (about ½ cup)
1 tsp dried thyme
3 tsp parsley/oregano or any other seasoning you have on hand (all mixed up)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 ¼ cup buttermilk (this is just a cup of water mixed in with a quarter cup of yoghurt)
Preheat the oven to 180C and brush down your baking dish with olive oil.
Note: You could use butter and this will add an extra layer of buttery happiness to the flavor but I’m trying to cut calories these days so I stuck with olive oil. Yes. You read that right. Cut calories when baking cheese bread.
Sift together, flour, baking powder, baking soda, some pepper in a bowl. Add the cheese, olives, tomatoes, (spring onion if you have some), parsley, thyme and whisk. This isn’t going to end up blending too well so don’t stress. You’ll just have a lumpy, flour-y, mixture.
In a separate bowl, add eggs one at a time and whisk, add oil, whisk some more, add buttermilk, keep whisking. Put your back into it and tire yourself out whisking so when you eat your third slice of cheese bread you know you’ve worked off all these calories whisking earlier.
Add the flour mixture and stir hard to make a thick sticky batter. Pour into baking dish.
Make an egg wash with the extra egg’s yolk and a couple of teaspoons of water. Brush over the top of your sticky batter. Sprinkle some fresh thyme, basil or spring onions bits on top if you have some.
Note: If you have any green leaf, you can add this on top but don’t bother if you have dried spices because these will just burn in the oven and give you a strange charred top. As a rule keep in mind that you shouldn’t ever try to bake dried spices because they’ll just go up in flames.
Bake for about 40 minutes or till you clear the toothpick test (insert toothpick in the centre and see if it comes out clean). Leave to cool.
If you have loaf tins, it would be amazing to bake these in two (or more batches) so it’s more like a loaf of bread than a cake. If not, you can still chop it up into thick bread chunks.
This makes for quite a large loaf and it should keep in your fridge (wrap in foil before storing) for 2 -3 days with no trouble.