The Art of the Quickbread

Banana bread? Cornbread? Pumpkin bread? Muffins? Irish Soda bread?  Scones? Yep, you thought it right – all quick breads. There are arguments aplenty. What defines quick breads? Well, all the quick breads I know are yeast-free, using a classic base-acid combination, aka baking soda and yogurt/ buttermilk/ acidulated dairy to produce the rise,

I like to think of them as a cross between bread and cake. 

My big sister gave me this bag. Even when my little sister @tutsiegirl1 was forming jealous.  It has green olives in it. From South Africa. I love the bag.  On finding new photo taking spots in my new house. Lol  #vscocam #vscogram #vscolife #vscodaily #v

Take Banana bread for instance, I enjoy it on its own, with cream and blah di blah but I know people who swear by slices of it toasted, like you would do yeasted breads so… Often, the batter is made up in two bowls – one for the dry ingredients, and another for the wet. It all comes together when both are combined then baked off. 

On their way into a cheese and olive quick bread.  Because nothing beats the scent of freshly baked bread on a Sunday.  And because the son insisted.  #vscocam #vscogram #vscolife #vscodaily #vscocollections #kitchenbutterfly #instafood #savoury #olives #

I like that you can go both sweet and savoury with this…as I did when I made and Olive & Cheese version, I had a gift of olives from my sister, in the finest newspaper bag ever, it moved me to bake. And a mighty delicious result it was. Here’s my take on a recipe from BBC Good Food. 

Olive & Cheese Loaf
Yields 1
A savoury quick bread that combines briny olives with melty cheese to create a loaf that's great with sweet jams and pairs well with soups. Super yum. I used cheddar, didn't have ham so omitted it and added some turmeric and mixed herbs.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
70033 calories
693 g
18475 g
5182 g
5073 g
3001 g
23223 g
142937 g
235 g
0 g
1754 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70033
Calories from Fat 45558
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5182g
Saturated Fat 3001g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 187g
Monounsaturated Fat 1567g
Cholesterol 18475mg
Sodium 142937mg
Total Carbohydrates 693g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 235g
Protein 5073g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 250g Self-raising flour
  2. 100 firm Mozzarella or Gruyere-style cheese, grated (I used cheddar)
  3. 50g olives, chopped
  4. Barest pinch of salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  6. Pinch of turmeric powder
  7. Pinch of dried mixed herbs
  8. 3 eggs
  9. 100ml Olive Oil + extra for the tin
  1. Heat oven to 180 degree C. Grease 22cm x 12cm loaf tin and line with baking paper
  2. Combine the flour, cheese, olives, turmeric, mixed herbs, salt & pepper in a mixing bowl
  3. In another bowl whisk the eggs and 100ml olive oil. Mix together
  4. Spoon into tin and smooth top if you like
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, till a skewer comes clean (check that you aren't tricked by the cheesy parts :))
  1. You could even very well miss the pinch of salt, considering the olives are rather briny, especially if you go for a tasty cheese.
  2. I love this with sauteed fruit - plums, apples and cold, crisp vegetables - cucumbers and radishes come to mind.
Adapted from BBC Good Food
Adapted from BBC Good Food
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 The end.  Agave-glazed brown butter plums on Cheese and olive bread.  It was good. Really good. Bread was a but salty but I liked the balance of sweet and cheese...very much.  #vscocam #vscogram #vscolife #vscodaily #kitchenbutterfly #instafood #savoury #

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