Courgette & mushroom bread

Courgette & mushroom bread

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 50 mins Plus proving time

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Serves 6
A great accompaniment to soups and salads or just served warm with a bit of butter

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal267
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.18g
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Ingredients

  • 3 medium courgette, grated
    Courgette

    Courgette

    corr-zjet

    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    Garlic

    Garlic

    gar-lik

    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 100g chestnut mushroom, chopped
  • 350g strong plain flour
  • 7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast
    Yeast

    Yeast

    yee-st

    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • ½ tbsp coarse sea salt, to sprinkle

Method

  1. Put the grated courgettes in a colander and sprinkle with 1 tsp of the salt. Leave to stand for 20 mins, then, using your hands, squeeze out as much of the moisture as possible. Rinse the courgettes thoroughly, then squeeze again.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a frying pan and cook the onion and garlic for 4 mins until softened. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 4 mins until softened and browned, then add the courgettes and cook for another 2 mins. Strain well and set aside to cool; discard the liquid.

  3. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl, stir in the yeast, the remaining oil and salt, the basil and the courgette mixture. Mix well to combine. Make a well in the centre and add 125ml hand-hot water. Mix well to form a slightly sticky dough. Knead on a floured surface for about 10 mins, then shape into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet.

  4. Flatten the ball of dough very slightly with the palm of your hand and loosely cover with oiled cling film. Leave to rise in a warm place for 25-30 mins until doubled in size. Brush the top of the dough with a little water, then sprinkle with the sea salt and bake for 40 mins until golden. Leave to cool on a wire rack before serving.

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misccold
25th Sep, 2016
Excellent recipe. I make it in a bread maker. The water quantity required depends heavily on the courgettes, type, freshness, how well you managed to drain them. The draining is critical. I usually don't need to add any water at all. Never add flour - just use less water if the courgettes are very fresh. Goes great with soup or savoury spreads.
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123startandcook
31st Mar, 2016
Tasty,Easy and awesome! I want to make it again!
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michelle_30
1st Nov, 2015
5.05
Made this today to go with soup....I halted the receipe and made 8 rolls which i baked for 15 minutes. The dough was really sticky and I used more flour to help kneed and I didn't think I would get a good rise or bake as I barely did this for 5 minutes but I did rise well so I proved it twice before baking. Tastes really delicious and I forgot to add the salt on the top but I don't really think it matters. I have frozen half and will have the other this week for lunch. It takes a while to make but def worth a try and I'm thinking of other flavours to try as a variation to this
Lisas
20th Jul, 2014
5.05
This is such a tasty bread and so easy to make. Recipe reads wrong however. Used strong flour not plain. Squeezed the moisture out of the cooked vegetables using a J cloth so make sure that the dough wasn't too wet. Didn't use anywhere near the amount of water suggested in the recipe so didn't have to use extra flour. Will definitely make again
lizleicester
4th Apr, 2014
3.8
Reallly had to wring all the liquid out of the courgettes. I think I would use a slightly cooler oven next time because the loaf had begun to scorch on the outside before the inside was completely cooked. I also sprinkled crushed, unsalted peanuts on top and the result was delicious.
alexp
4th Apr, 2014
0.05
Gave it one star to try and offset all the people rating this 5 stars whilst also saying it needed a lot more flour. I was there for 1 hour kneading the bread, adding more flour, kneading the bread, adding more flour until I gave up and chucked it the airing cupboard. It's still in there now, clogging up the central heating. If a bread recipe has got the wrong amount of the most important ingredient in it; flour, my suggestion is don't rate it 5 stars.
whittal85
2nd Aug, 2013
Lovely bread. I also used more flour as it is a very wet dough (start kneading and you'll realise!) even if you wring the life out of the courgettes. Used the courgette water to make the dough. Perhaps I was a little salt happy for the top so less is probably more (and I love salt!) cooked mine in a fan oven for 36mins as was golden all over and came out fab.
ducknbunny
7th Apr, 2013
5.05
I loved this bread and my partner happily ate it. It has a lovely moist texture and subtle depth to its flavour. I used whole baby mushrooms and like others more flour than outlined in the recipe. We made a meal out of it with bread, cheese and salad. I would recommend making this bread to others - especially vegetarians and those who appreciate their veggies ie not my partner!
bsbdesja
22nd Mar, 2013
5.05
Ps. I didn't have any fresh basil, but used basil-infused olive oil in the recipe--was lovely (although not excessively basil-flavoured!)
bsbdesja
22nd Mar, 2013
5.05
Absolutely delicious bread which I didn't find particularly time-consuming or fiddly to make. Definitely best to wait for it to cool before eating as suggested. Beautifully moist inside even when cool (unlike a lot of homemade bread which can tend to the dry side), and took the full 40 minutes to cook. Not excessively strongly flavoured inside the crumb; would go well with a nice flavoursome soup or chilli, or would be lovely with butter!

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123startandcook
31st Mar, 2016
Adding some rosemary tastes great.
katherinemiddleton
4th Aug, 2013
What a fantastic, tasty bread recipe. Can become very sticky when water added so need tons of flour when kneading. Great way of using home grown courgettes. Had it again tonight with Baba Ganoush made from homegrown aubergines