Malthouse – Brie quickbread

by Sunita on March 12, 2009

Thanks to all those of you who dropped by my blog to wish me on my birthday. It was just like any other day, with it being a week day. But I had several long distance conversations over the phone which did uplift my spirits…Dinesh, ma, my older sistert, and my dear school friend G to whom I was talking after quite a while.

Now, many of you did ask me as to when I would be posting the birthday cake. To be entirely honest, there was no cake at all, so, sorry folks, for the disappointment! Actually, I never bake my birthday cake. Although I love baking anyday, I just can’t bring myself to bake some for the day. Usually, Dinesh does do something about it, but this time he was not around. As for the kids, they kept on repeating, ”But, mummy, how can it be a birthday without cake; why don’t we make some for you…you can tell us what to do”. Aww, that was sweet of you darlings. The truth is, on this occasion, I would have probably baked one, if only I hadn’t sprained my back. And no, please don’t feel sorry for me, I probably deserved it. I knew I was in deep trouble as soon as the extra heavy backpack was on my shoulders and I biked a considerable distance back home. That was last Friday, and there is still a teeny¬† weirdness and tingling on my right side, but it does seem to be getting better with each passing day (touchwood) !

But, there is something which I wanted to share with you, not a fancy cake, but a spicy savoury quickbread that I made a few days ago.

Actually, yeasted bread was more on my mind, when I opened the new pack of mixed grain malthouse bread flour (Doves farm Organic), which again is quite new to me. I have never handled this flour before. I was shopping for rye flour, and the shelf where I usually find it, was, unfortunately, empty. But, reading the list of ingredients on the packaging (brown wheat flour, malted wheat flakes, rye flour, malt flour), I decided to give it a try.

As I mentioned before, I wanted to make yeasted bread, but had run out of yeast too (hmm, need to add it to the shopping list before I forget ). So, the quickbread was a last minute change of plan, and come to think of it, I didn’t regret the change at all. Cheese ( Brie), spices, herbs and seeds all contributed their flavours towards this spongy savoury malthouse – brie quickbread .

What’s needed-

1 C mixed grain malthouse bread flour
160 gms of Brie cheese ( substitutes-other soft cheeses like Camembert /Reblochen etc )
3 tblsp of chopped fresh rosemary ( or 2 tblsp of dried rosemary)
1 and 1/2 tsp of baking powder
a pinch of bicarbonate of soda
2 tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp crushed red chillies( more or less)
1 tblsp sesame seeds
2 tblsp of sunflower seeds
4 eggs, lightly beaten

Topping-
a little sunflower seeds and crushed red chillies

How to -

  1. Pre heat the oven at 200 deg C. Line a loaf pan ( 8 and 1/2 inch by 4 and 1/2 inch) with foil and grease it.
  2. In a bowl, place the first nine ingredients. Rub them together very well with the fingertips till the mixture resembles fine crumbs ( please do make sure that everything is well mixed together)
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and tip in the beaten eggs. Fold in till everything is just combined.
  4. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin, smooth the top and sprinkle the topping.
  5. Place the pan in he centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 22-25 minutes or till a skewer inserted through the centre of the oven comes out clean.
  6. Cool the loaf in the pan for a couple of minutes.

    Lift the loaf out of the pan with the help of the foil, to a rack. Peel off the foil and cool the loaf completely before slicing.

That’s it! Quite simple to make, isn’t it ? This is a rich, spongy, savoury loaf. The seeds add a nice bite and the chillies add a slight heat.The crust was a delight.

The herbs and cheese complement the rest of the ingredients and exist in complete harmony. A very simple red lentil soup (dal) was all we had with slices of the loaf. The richness of the bread complemented the simplicity of the dal. This is definitely one change of plan, I have no regrets about ;-)


Am sending this bread over to dear Mansi who is hosting Bread baking day-quickbreads, and event, conceptualised by Zorra.

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha March 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Oh, take care of that back and rest. Don’t bike for a while if you can. Hugs! :)

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2 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm
3 Ginny March 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Delicious! I love brie on bread and would never have thought to put it in bread… yummy!

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4 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

It did add to the texture :-)

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5 Rosie March 12, 2009 at 6:54 pm

From a back suffer please take care of your back and rest whenever possible. I can fully understand about the none cake too. Anyway I must say just how gorgeous your bread looks and with brie just brilliant!!

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6 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Thanks rosie :-)

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7 Poornima March 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I too bake for everyones b’day except mine, just don’t feel like it. That bread looks perfect, so soft, love the grains in them.

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8 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Thanks :-)

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9 snooky doodle March 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Hope you ll feel better soon. this bread looks awesome. How I wish I had a slice right now :)

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10 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Thanks…I’m much better now :-)

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11 Soma March 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Looks Awesome!! I like the feel of these grainy breads. & all those things that u have added to it! I just baked a rosemary bread but with yeast..

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12 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I was about to bake a yeasty bread too :-)

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13 indosungod March 13, 2009 at 1:18 am

Happy Belated Wishes for your birthday. Take care of your back.
How about those lovely chocolate pots for your birthday?
This bread looks delicious.

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14 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Thanks ISG…will do :-)

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15 A&N March 13, 2009 at 2:16 am

Wow, you are certainly very inventive, Sunita :)

And do take care of the back!

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16 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Thanks A&N :-)

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17 Nirmala March 13, 2009 at 3:35 am

Sunita this is a stunning loaf. If you said its yeasted nobody would have doubted it. The crust and the crumb were a delight for the eyes. A perfect loaf indeed! Take care of u’e back.

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18 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Yes, we did love the bread :-)

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19 sushma March 13, 2009 at 5:40 am

hey Suni sorry to hear that i think u need to get proper rest for your back and not bike for another few days…

Bread looks awesome :)

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20 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Glad you like the bread :-)

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21 Raaga March 13, 2009 at 9:57 am

Happy birthday, rather late :)

Hope your back is fine soon. And I agree with your kids… no birthday without cake… even a small slice of cheesecake is fine… ;-)

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22 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm

It’s much better now, raaga, thanks. Yes, the kids were a bit disappointed.

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23 Madhumathi March 13, 2009 at 9:59 am

The bread looks superb! And do take care :)

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24 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Thanks M :-)

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25 Melanie March 13, 2009 at 11:58 am

Hi Sunita–
the bread is gorgeous and although I do not bake much I will make this–your recipe is easy to follow. Take care of your back until you feel better and then remember–carry less weight.
Have a great day!

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26 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm

This is indeed a very easy recipe..do give it a try Melanie :-)

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27 Nicisme March 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm

I feel sorry for you, back sprains and pains are really ghastly. Hope it’s better soon.
The bread looks delicious, as usual! I’m admiring all those seeds.

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28 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Yes, it was very nasty indeed, and with two kids in tow, even more so. But, it’s much better now (touchwood).

We did like the bread :-)

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29 sandeepa March 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Is Dinesh back ? Now you can celebrate :)
Take care of your back, it must be difficult managing 2 kids alone with a bad back

Bread is lovely

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30 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:19 pm

No, Sandeepa, Dinesh is not back yet and won’t be till the beginning of next month!

Thankfully, the back is much better now.

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31 Happy Cook March 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Looks so yumm , do you do something for the seeds to stick on top, i tries once and they all just fell down after the break was baked, it could be also i sprayed the top with oil and covered with cling film for raising and then after the raising i added the seeds.

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32 Sunita March 13, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Thanks HC. As this was not a yeasted bread, and the batter was wet, I just sprinkled the seeds on top. On yeasted bread, I usually brush the top with milk before sprinkling the seeds, and I do this after the first rise.

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33 Happy Cook March 15, 2009 at 11:20 am

Sunita thankyo for the info, will do the milk way.

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34 Ivy March 13, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I hope you are feeling much better now but be careful not to lift any weight. The bread looks amazing.

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35 Jason March 14, 2009 at 4:22 am

Absolutely amazing looking bread!

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36 Lisa March 14, 2009 at 7:05 pm

If you ask me, this is better than a birthday cake. I just love Brie. Take care!

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37 Mansi March 23, 2009 at 6:16 pm

wow, that looks absolutely wonderful Sunita! and much softer than a yeasted bread! thanks for sending in a great savory quickbread gal!:)

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