I do love simple recipes, and ones that are versatile too makes them an even better choice for something to make.
This recipe for a quick bread is one such recipe. Flavoured with cheese and spring onion is offers a wonderful flavour that works well when served warm or cold. But it is versatile too since the recipe can be used for making muffins too, though with a reduced baking time.
Spring onions are also known, in some countries as scallions.
Not only that, but the flavours can be varied as well, by using different cheeses. That way the flavour profile can be changed to be as mild or strong as you like. It is also easily adapted by the use of herbs or spices if desired.
So, a simple recipe that can be varied is something that really does appeal to me.
For my quick bread loaf I used some mozzarella and parmesan, as well as the spring onions. But, as I mentioned above, using different cheeses such as cheddar, or pecorino etc will give a different flavour.
I mentioned that this recipe can be used to make muffins and it definitely can as the method of mixing is the same, mix the dry ingredients together. Then mix the wet ingredients together and combine gently with the dry to create the batter.
If making these in muffin form I would advise using paper cases if possible. Then bake in the oven for about 20 minutes and test for doneness. Adjust the timing as necessary until a skewer, when used for testing, comes out clean.
The recipe is quick to make and the resultant loaf tastes very good indeed. I baked mine for 50 minutes which allowed the loaf to rise a little and to colour on top, as well as to cook right through.
Then I allowed it to cool for about 15 minutes before taking it out of the pan and leaving to cool further on a wire rack.
I was immensely pleased with the result and think this will be a recipe that I turn to time and again.
For a yeasted, flavoured, loaf you might enjoy my Garlic, Cheese & Onion Bloomer.
Another great cheesy recipe is my Easy Cheese & Herb Focaccia.
Cheese & Spring Onion Quick Bread LoafCourse: Bread, CakesCuisine: Quick BreadDifficulty: Easy
250g(1 2/3 cups, based on scooping packed flour into a 250ml cup) plain flour
20g(1 1/2 tbsp) caster sugar
8g(2 tsp) baking powder
3g (1/2 tsp) salt
240ml(1 cup) buttermilk
56g(4 tbsp) melted unsalted butter
1 medium egg(large in USA)
100g(1 cup) grated mozzarella (or other cheese such as cheddar)
22g(1/4 cup) grated parmesan
30g(1/4 cup) finely chopped spring onions.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F.
- Grease and line a 9×5 inch/23×13 cm) loaf pan. ( a slightly smaller one will be fine too).
- In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together.
- Add in the mozzarella, parmesan and spring onions and mix to get all thoroughly distributed throughout the flour, then set aside.
- Place the egg into the buttermilk and whisk to combine, then whisk in the melted butter too.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and gently fold until everything has combined into a thick batter and there is no dry mixture still visible.
- Spoon the mixture into the loaf pan and spread across the base, levelling on the top.
- Bake in the oven for between 50 and 60 minutes, until the loaf rises a little and colours nicely on the top.
- Test the loaf with a skewer after 50 minutes and if it comes out clean remove the loaf from the oven and allow to cool a little before placing on a wire rack to cool completely. If the skewer doesn’t come out clean allow the loaf to bake a little longer and then test again.
- You can vary the ingredients to taste, using different cheeses and adding some herbs, spices, powdered garlic etc.
- You can also make these as muffins if you wish, but with a shorter baking time, testing after about 15 or 20 minutes.