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Basil Packed, Yeast Free Bread

October 22, 2017
Yeast Free Bread, Packed With Basil

Ingredients for Yeast Free Bread

Serves 8

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup chopped, loosely packed basil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup chopped pitted walnuts

How To Make This Yeast Free Bread:

1. Heat the oven to 350º F and place a rack in the lower third of the oven. Grease a 6-cup loaf pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients and basil.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the liquids.
4. Add the flour mixture and fold until about three quarters of the dry ingredients are moistened. Add the walnuts and fold just until the pieces are distributed and the dry ingredients are moistened; the batter will be stiff.
5. Scrape the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
6. Let cool in the pan and serve.

Me, Ranting and Raving:

Anyone who follows my blog will probably begin to realize that I love cooking with fresh herbs. The one thing I hate about herbs, is that I usually buy a container and then half of it winds up going to waste. In an attempt to be better, I’ve started trying to incorporate leftover herbs into things that I bake, like these Sweet & Savoury Orange, Basil and Sage Muffins and this Basil Packed, Yeast Free Bread.

I’ve been eating like absolute shit since I was old enough to chose my own food, so I decided to give my body a little love and bake something on the healthy side. This bread is packed with healthy ingredients, including antioxidant rich olive oil and omega-3 packed Walnuts. It also, despite being healthy, tastes good.

This yeast free bread was inspired by a recipe from the Julia Child’s cookbook classic, The Joy of Cooking. This recipe was modified to my tastes, with me changing the ratios of white and whole wheat flour, adding basil and omitting rosemary. The result is a flaky, crumbly, melt in your mouth quick bread, with just a hint of oil olive and a punch of basil.

This yeast free bread is super simple, containing only 9 ingredients, and doesn’t need to sit all day rising (while you wait, punch the dough and then wait some more), unlike traditional breads. Meaning, after minimal work, and about an hour, you’ll have fresh and delicious tasting bread. Let it cool and don’t forget the most crucial step, serve with olive oil. Try not to eat it all in one sitting, that will kinda negate the health benefits.

Did you make this yeast free bread? How did it turn out? Did you make any substitutions?

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