Thursday, 6 September 2012

# 264 Quick bread with bacon

It's back to school again and in my case that means having to prepare 2 packed lunches everyday, one for the husband and another for the son.

This quick bread is light, delicious and very easy to eat which makes it perfect for picnics and packed lunches. It's also quick to make as you can have it ready in less than an hour.

I used bacon but you can also use ham, parma ham or thinly sliced chorizo.

Here's the recipe if you'd like to give a go.

Quick bread with bacon

300g white self raising flour
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
4 eggs
100ml plain yogurt
100ml milk (if you don't have any yogurt use 200ml milk)
200ml extra virgin olive oil *
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Precooked bacon slices (I think I used about 10 slices, you can fry them in a little olive oil or you can cook them under the grill)

In a bowl mix the flour with the salt and the sugar. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until well combined.

Line a small baking tray (I used my brownies tray) with baking parchment. Pour half the batter and make sure it covers the bottom of the tray.

Remove the fat from the bacon and cut into small strips all over the batter.

Pour the remaining batter on top, make sure it's nice and even and bake in a preheated oven to 180 ÂșC/gas Mark 5 for 30-40 minutes until risen and golden.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tray for a few minutes before removing it to a wire rack to cool completely.


* I did find when I tried the batter that it had an aftertaste of the olive oil. Personally I don't mind this but if you want you can use a mixture of half olive oil and half vegetable oil).