30 Minute Yeast Free Cheesy Bread
Savoury Lesson 1
This is my adaptation of a recipe I found in an old book called – Essential Cooking – Baking, by Emma Patmore. I tested and reviewed it in March 2020, when the beginning of the lockdown and shortages began of baking goods, (in particular yeast). So this quick and yeast free recipe seemed an ideal bake for those times.
I enjoyed the bread so much, I decided just to add a few things and add as the very first recipe in the Savoury Lessons on this new improved website.
Now the recipe originally calls for Mustard Powder and that believe me is great in cheese bakes, but my son had knocked my box of it over and I have to go to the bigger supermarkets for it, so on that occasion I decided to replace with smoked paprika and a little garlic powder. This gave the bake a nice orange colour and smelt really good even before baked.
I also adjusted the cooking time and when to add the extra cheese to get it more the way I like it. Just be warned though it doesn’t have the same texture than regular bread because there is no yeast, but would be ideal as a speedy bread accompaniment to a meal or even a nice breakfast. Can be made in about half an hour, so what’s not to like?
Makes 8 decent slices
- 250g Self-raising or Plain Flour (8 & 3/4 oz)
- * (OR 2 cups A.P. or Plain flour plus 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder)
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- ** (Alternatively to these 2 spices, use 1& 1/2 tsp Mustard Powder)
- 150ml Milk (5 fl. oz or 2/3 cup)
- 1 Medium – Large Egg
- 25g Butter, melted (3/4 oz, 2 level tbsp or 1/5 stick of butter)
- 100g Grated Extra Mature Cheddar Cheese
- (3.5 oz, 1 cup shredded, extra sharp cheddar)
- For greasing – Lining Paste, butter or cake release spray (see note below)
- Large mixing bowl
- Digital scales or Measuring Cups
- Measuring spoons
- Large spoon or spatula
- Small jug
- Small microwave safe bowl for butter
- Cake tin or dish – round 23cm/9.5″
- Brush for greasing tin (optional)
- Timer or mobile phone timer
- Cooling rack
- Large Serrated bread knife
1.Heat your oven to: 190c/170c Fan Oven/ 375f / Gas Mark 5
2. While sieving, measure out your flour (& baking powder if using), salt, garlic powder & Smoked Paprika into a large bowl. (Alternatively to these last 2, I sometimes use 1 tsp Mustard Powder). Then give a good mix through to evenly distribute the ingredients. Next add in the grated/shredded cheese (but hold back about 4 or 5 tbsp for later) & mix through. See Photo 1.
3. Now prepare your wet ingredients by melting the small amount of butter (I just used the microwave for 2 x 30 second bursts, mixing in-between). Then measure out your milk, add in the melted butter and finally crack in one egg. Whisk together lightly. See Photo 2 below.
4. Grease your cake tin or dish – I used Great British Bake Off (Great British Baking Show) winner Nancy Birthistle’s recipe for Lining Paste. It is less expensive than using butter and is quickly prepared and stored in the fridge, easy to use whenever any greasing is required. Works great on Bundt cakes too. Apply in upward strokes to the inner sides of the tin, to make it easier to come out later. See Photo 3. Alternatively use butter or cake release spray.
Here’s my video below on making lining paste:
5. Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well until all combined and no more dry flour patches are visible. Be sure to check through the bottom of the bowl. See Photo 4.
6. Finally, spoon the thick mixture into the cake tin and spread out as best you can, right to the edges. It is quite thick, and a little tricky to do, put keep going and it will fill the tin. See Photo 5. Then give the tin a few good taps on the counter/worktop and place in the centre of the oven.
7. Bake for about 16 – 20 minutes. I have an oven that doesn’t bake equally and I use a thermometer to be sure of the temperature. So I baked for 10 minutes till the top was set up, and then turned out of the tin and placed back in the tin upside down. Have a feel of the bottom of the cake – it will be spongy and cake like. Then bake a further 3 minutes and the surface will be a little darker and more of a crisp than soft texture now. Turn back out and up the right way and sprinkle the remaining cheese on the top of the bread. See Photo 6 below. Then bake a further 3 – 7 minutes till the cheese is melted and when you put a wooden cocktail stick in the centre, it comes out clean of crumbs. See Photo 7 below.
8. Leave in the tin and cool a little on a cooling rack, for about 10 minutes, before turning out of the tin and cooling on the rack alone. Leave to cool as much as you can (it won’t take as long as yeast bread), before cutting into it. Slice with a large serrated bread knife and enjoy! Will keep a couple of days if stored in a food baggie in a cool place.
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