Monday, July 19, 2010

Recipe: Ogre Quick Bread

This bread sounds a little weird... spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, and feta in a quick bread?  Believe me, it is close to transcendent.  And the kids loved it.  But, only after I called it "Ogre Quick Bread."

We had it with ham and cheese for sandwiches for dinner, but it would be fantastic just plain.  Honestly.  Amazing.  (If I do say so myself!) It's moist and dense, like zucchini bread, with layers of savory flavors hitting the palate one after another.  I will be making it again - that's for sure.

Update: 9.5.11 - As written, if the loaf is cut into 20 slices, it is ~100 calories a slice and about 10g carbs per slice.

Ogre Quick Bread

1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 large onion (I used Vidalia), sliced thinly
1/2 tsp salt
1 10-oz box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 c sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil, drained)
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
3/4 c evaporated skim milk (could use regular milk)
2/3 c olive oil
1/2 c reduced fat feta cheese, crumbled

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the onion to the pan, and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the onions are golden brown, about 10 additional minutes.

Chop onions, thawed and drained spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes finely (I used a food processor).

Whisk together dry ingredients, and in a separate bowl, the eggs, milk, and olive oil.

Mix the dry ingredients with the chopped vegetables and then stir in wet ingredients until combined.  Don't overmix, or the bread could become tough.  Stir in the feta cheese.

Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray with flour (like Baker's Joy), or grease and flour the pan.  Put the batter into the pan and smooth the top.

Bake until the top is light golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out dry, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove the bread from the pan, and cool on a wire rack. Slice and serve.

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  1. lost me at "sun dried tomatoes". LOL
    I wonder how it would be without those...I might give that a shot. :)

  2. Melissa - give it a shot without the sun dried tomatoes! I'm sure it would be wonderful.

    I'm considering trying it with cheddar instead of feta, but I worry the cheddar would melt too much and not be as good as feta....

  3. And have to try these too!

    Now that we're home, catching up on all my fave blogs and my baking. We don't need a clean house, right? ;o)

  4. Shannon - clean houses are highly overrated. ;)

  5. I tried this. Instead of loaf bread I made it into mini muffins so my 15 month old could handle it better. I also was able to freeze them easily this way. I substituted 1/2 of the white flour for whole wheat pastry flour. Turned out great!!!! Thanks for the idea. My 5 year old daughter LOVES it too.

  6. Did you make this in a pullman pan? It looks pretty square..

  7. I did not - it was in a regular loaf pan. Just a good dense quick bread. :D

  8. Ok, I finally tried this. For a "non-cook", this was a bit hard. But I managed. My 18 mo old and my 3 yr both ate some, and I liked it too. Thank you! The hardest part for me in trying recipes like this, is that I try to eat within certain calorie/fat/sodium counts, and I'm not good at figuring it out, if it's not given.

  9. Glad that you liked it, Cindy!
    If you are looking for nutrition information, you can plug recipes into - I do that when I'm making something for my son especially (who is diabetic, so we need a carb count!).
    I really need to make this again...

  10. This sounds awesome can't wait to make it! I LOVE sun-dried tomatoes!

  11. well made this tonight. Its definitley NOT something to make on a whim, but rather what you make when you find that you have randomly couponsed the three main items. Not to mention a whole 2\3 cup of extra virgin olive oil in the batter. I guess Im just cheap!!! I think it cost me about 12$ or so. But its in the oven now, cant wait to try it. I love the idea and hoping my kids will get some spinach tonight!! We really only have stuffed shells on the rotation as our other spinach thing that they will eat. Thanks!!

  12. I get my sun dried tomatoes, feta, and olive oil at Costco, and the prices are quite reasonable there, so it isn't that expensive for me. But, I hope that your kids like it!