Having seen quick bread being made on this year's Great British Bake Off, and liking the sound of the prosciutto, manchego and balsamic onion loaf Alvin made, we decided to give it a go. Requiring only plain flour we hoped it would be ok to substitute Dove's Farm Plain Flour in Alvin's recipe. It was a surprisingly "decent attempt"... here's what we did with the ingredients (we omitted the basil) which were -
At this point, we set the fan oven to 180C and lined the baking tray with baking parchment.
Having sifted the flour, bicarb and salt into a bowl, we rubbed in the butter by hand till a
fine breadcrumb consistency was reached.
We added the remaining onions, ham and cheese to the flour mixture and made sure it was well combined
Adding a small amount (about 25ml) water to the pot of buttermilk, we carefully mixed it in to loosen the buttermilk slightly.
Finally, the remaining caramelised onions, ham and cheese were
The loaf was baked for 35 minutes when we covered the top with foil to stop it burning. It was cooked for a further 10 minutes when the loaf was removed and transferred to a cooling rack.
We brushed the top of the loaf with melted butter and allowed it to cool fully before being sliced thickly. It made a lovely addition to lunch... and was a delicious breakfast too!