Sunday, 5 October 2014


I came across a recipe for chickpea and tomato bread in Jack Monroe's book "A Girl Named Jack" this
week and really liked the sound of it. I began to look into how you can add more flavours into bread dough and it lead me to experiment and create this cheese, chili and chickpea (the "3C's") tomato bread. It's a unique bread full of nutty warmth and earthy flavours and if your a fan of hummus I think you'll go crazy for a slice so why not try something new and different today! You only live once after all!

Cheesy Chili Chickpea Loaf
300g Plain Flour
7g Fast Acting Dried Yeast
Hand Full Chopped Basil Leaves
2 Finely Chopped Green Chili's
100g Grated Cheddar Cheese 
2 Finely Chopped Tomatoes
400g Can Of Chickpeas (Drained and Washed)
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
A Smidge Of Grated Parmesan

  1. Add the Flour, Yeast, Basil, Chili's, Cheese, Tomatoes and Chickpeas in a large bowl and mix everything together.
  2. Add the lemon juice to 150ml of lukewarm water. Make a well in the flour mix and slowly add the lemony water to the well, mixing as you go until the dough comes together into a sticky ball.
  3. Turn the dough ball out onto a floured surface and knead for around 10 minutes. You should feel the dough become more elastic as you do this. Pat into a round ball shape and place thekneaded dough ball into a lightly floured bowl. Loosely cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and place in a warm dry place to proof for two hours.
  4. After two hours the dough should of doubled in size. Turn it out into a 20x20cm deep greased square baking tin, shape the dough to fill the tin and leave covered with the tea towel for another half hour to proof again.
  5. Turn on your oven after 25 minutes of proofing to 200 degrees (180 fan). After proofing for 30 minutes sprinkle over a light coating of Parmesan and then place in the oven for 30 minutes until the bread is golden brown on top.
Remove from the oven and leave your loaf to rest for around ten minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely, Your loaf will have a beautiful crispy crust and a soft crumb peppered with colourful flecks of colour from the tomato and chili. The spicy cheesy flavour is delicious when mopping up curry with or just cut yourself a slice and devour with some butter. 

Go bake yourself a loaf today! Now you have my recipe its "3C Peasy!"

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