Cheesy Savoury Loaf
I'm always on the hunt for new ideas for lunch boxes. As I've said before, I think the key to children not being fussy is constant exposure to different foods and flavours. Putting the same sandwich in lunch boxes day-in-day-out does not give them a wide taste variety, and they quickly become stuck in food ruts. This week, I've been working on different ways to fill the 'sandwich' section of their lunch boxes, and this week it is a savoury loaf!
A cross between a bread and a savoury muffin, this loaf is packed with flavour, some vegetables and some cheese. Served with some raw vegetables and salad, this cheesy loaf is perfect for lunch boxes. If you're lunching at home, then I recommend lightly toasting it. It freezes well too, so once you've baked it you can slice it up and put it in the freezer ready for last minute lunchbox making. You can mix up the flavours too, replacing the spinach with some kale or the sundried tomatoes with chopped olives. You can even add some grated courgette or carrot, just make sure you squeeze excess liquid from them before adding it to the mixture.
300g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
60 ml oil (I used the oil from the sundried tomatoes for a rich flavour but olive oil works well or melted butter)
2 eggs, beaten
150g grated cheddar cheese
75g sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 large handful of baby spinach chopped
1 tbsp chopped basil
Pre-heat oven to 180C fan and line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
Mix all the ingredients together in one large bowl, saving a small handful of grated cheese, or simply pulse together in a food processor or mixer.
Make sure all the ingredients are well combined and pour into the prepared loaf tin.
Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.
Bake for 50-60 mins until golden brown and cooked through. Insert a skewer into the middle of the loaf: If it comes out clean you know that it is ready; if not, return to the oven for a few more minutes. If it is going too brown on the top, cover in foil and continue to bake.
Enjoy warm or served cold with some butter or salad. A real delight in a picnic box!
Thank you for reading.
Caroline & The Clean Little Tummies xxxx