Based on a quick soda bread, this low-fat, savoury loaf has lots of healthy additions – grated courgette, toasted hazelnuts and bran. With gentle handling, it is easily shaped into an attractive twist. Cut it into generous slices and serve with soup or a hearty salad for a satisfying lunch.
Replace half of the courgette with finely grated carrot. * For a courgette, cheese and chive twist, omit the hazelnuts and garlic, and stir in 55 g (2 oz) grated Edam cheese and 3 tbsp snipped fresh chives. Sprinkle a little extra grated cheese over the top of the loaf before baking. * Instead of shaping the dough into a twist, keep it in one piece and shape into a round or ball-shaped loaf.
Courgettes provide several B vitamins, with their tender skins containing the greatest concentration of these nutrients. The skin is also rich in beta-carotene. * Hazelnuts are particularly rich in vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E also helps to keep the heart healthy by preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. In addition, studies suggest that vitamin E may help to boost fertility in men by protecting the sperm cell membranes from free radical damage.
Altered ingredient amounts. I didn't add as much milk and had to put approx. another 100g of flour in the recipe. - 02 Aug 2010
After the tweaks I found this recipe really delicious. It makes a pleasant change from ordinary bread. - 02 Aug 2010