Monday, July 18, 2011

Recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Quick Bread with Za'atar, Feta, Olives, and Green Onions

I swooned over this whole wheat bread with Za'atar, Feta, Olives, and Green Onions

You may be wondering why I'm making bread during the hottest part of the summer, but actually I made this 100% Whole Wheat Quick Bread with Za'atar, Feta, Olives, and Green Onions several weeks ago and used my toaster oven to bake it without heating up the house.  I love savory quick bread recipes like this one, where all you do is mix the ingredients together and bake, and less than an hour later you have delicious hot bread to enjoy.  This bread was so flavorful it didn't even need anything on it, and it was a good thing I sent most of it home with a visitor or I would have eaten far too much of it after it came out of the oven.

The distinctive flavoring in the bread comes from Za'atar, a blend of spices that usually has sumac, thyme, and sesame seeds.  You can buy Za'atar from The Spice House if you haven't seen it where you live (and they aren't paying me to advertise; I just love their spices.)   The Za'atar I used in this bread was a gift from Maris from In Good Taste (thanks again Maris!)   I found a recipe for Za'atar, Feta, and Olives Quick Bread at Chico's Kitchen and but ended up making several changes for my version.  I used a blend of whole wheat and white whole wheat flour, used buttermilk instead of milk, and added thinly sliced green onions.  Next time I might chop the olives and onions a little smaller, but this was one of the most interesting quick breads I've ever made and I'd definitely make this again. 

Cut up the olives and green onions, and crumble the feta.

Mix together the whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and Za'atar in a bowl.

In a larger bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and olive oil.

Mix the dry ingredients gently into the wet ingredients, just stirring enough so the ingredients are barely moistened.  Then fold in the feta, olives, and green onions.  (The batter will be heavy and somewhat dry.)

Put batter into a loaf pan that you have sprayed with olive oil or non-stick spray and sprinkle a little more Za'atar on top.

Bake 40-45 minutes, or until the bread is cooked through and starting to brown on top.  (You can test with a toothpick, which should come out dry when the bread is done.)

Let the bread cool 10-15 minutes on a wire rack, then cut and enjoy!

100% Whole Wheat Quick Bread with Za'atar, Feta, Olives, and Green Onions
(Makes one generous load of bread, recipe adapted from Za'atar, Feta, and Olives Quick Bread at Chico's Kitchen.)

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
3 T Za'atar, plus more for sprinkling on top
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese (not packed down)
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 350F/180C.  Spray a 9"x5"x2.5" loaf pan with olive oil or non-stick spray.  Cut up olives, slice green onions, and crumble the feta.

In a medium-sized bowl mix together the whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour, Za'atar, baking powder, and salt.  In a larger bowl mix together the beaten eggs, buttermilk, and oil.  Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, just stirring enough that the ingredients are barely moistened.  (Don't over-mix.)  Then gently fold in the olives, green onions, and Feta. 

Transfer the batter to the loaf pan and sprinkle a little more Za'atar over the top.  Bake 40-45 minutes, or until bread is cooked through and lightly browned on top.  (You can use a toothpick to see if the bread is done; the toothpick should come out dry when it's cooked through.)

Gently remove the hot bread from the loaf pan and let it cool on a wire rack for 10 or 15 minutes, then slice and enjoy.  This kept well for one night in the refrigerator, but it's best freshly made.  I don't think it would stay good much longer than one day, so be sure to share if you can't eat it all right away!

South Beach Suggestions:
This delicious bread would be approved for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet.  I think it's a perfect bread to serve alongside something like Revithia (Greek Chickpea Soup with Lemon and Olive Oil) or Tomato, Cucumber, and Radish Salad with Yogurt and Tahini Dressing.

More Tasty Ideas with Za'atar: 
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Baked Whole Wheat Flatbread with Olive Oil and Za'atar from Kalyn's Kitchen
Low-Glycemic and Gluten-Free Chickpea Crisps Appetizer from Kalyn's Kitchen
Homemade Za'atar (and how to use it) from Israeli Kitchen
Za'atar Bread from Redacted Recipes
Easy Gluten and Dairy Free Za'atar Pizza from The WHOLE Gang
Sauteed Tofu with Spring Vegetables and Za'atar from 5 Second Rule
Za'atar Bread with Feta and Parsley from Not Eating Out in New York
Chicken with Sumac, Za'atar, and Lemon from Morsels and Musings
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  1. Homemade bread with feta, olives and onions has to be incredible. What a combo!

  2. There are so many ideas floating through my head on what I want to do with this bread when I make it! Sandwiches, bread pudding...the options are endless. It sounds so tasty.

  3. I have to admit that I'd never have thought of a quick bread like this. I love all of the components. Because I don't like any level of raw in my onions, I might sauté them first, just lightly.

  4. Maris, it was so good that I was glad my nephew took most of it home with him!

    Joanne, I ate it so quickly I didn't have time to think of any way to use it, but it would be a fun thing to play around with.

    Lydia, it was an interesting combo.

  5. Mmmm I love savory quick breads, too, and LOVE the classic combo of feta, olives and onions. Fabulous recipe, Kalyn!

  6. This recipe sounds so interesting Kalyn. I must try it! So many wonderful ingredients all in one loaf!

  7. I'm always looking for great whole wheat breads, and when you throw in olives and feta, I'm in heaven!

  8. I love savory quick breads! And anything with feta and olives.... I can understand the need to give it away ;-)

  9. I have a love-hate relationship with whole wheat bread, having my share of troubles trying to bake a nice one.

    love the combination of flavors, and particularly the za'atar - which I have and keep searching for new ways to use

  10. Thank you for posting this for those of us who are NOT good bread bakers! Looks DElish!


  11. Jamie, thanks. I couldn't resist it when I saw the recipe.

    Mary, hope you enjoy it.

    TW, me too. This is dangerously good.

    Katie, I would have eaten it all in a day if it had been in the house.

    Sally, I have had mixed success with yeast bread, but this was so easy. And I know what you mean about the Za'atar.

    Donna, include me in that group too, but this kind I can do.

  12. Zaatar?! Sumaq?! You're speaking my language, Kalyn! Soon we'll get you to post the ingredients in Arabic! :-)

  13. This looks like an amazing healthy bread. You can see all the goodness in each slice!

  14. Emily, I am a bit obsessed with the food from that part of the world!

    Carolyn, I did like the way the ingredients showed in the slices, and it was so good!

  15. great batter bread! used caramelized onions...I also use Za'atar on cottage cheese! THANK YOU for great photos and picking out colorful shareables!

  16. Rose, I love the idea of using Za'atar on cottage cheese. Thanks for sharing that; glad you like the recipe.

  17. I've never made a savory quick bread, but this one sounds interesting - I love feta and olives, and I'm thinking that za'atar goes with this combination nicely.

  18. The za'atar just makes this so inspiring. GREG

  19. Jeanette, I can't say enough about how good this was!

  20. Greg, we were writing comments at the same time! I just loved the Za'atar in this.

  21. Sounds lovely, I love quick bread so this would be a good version to try.

  22. Harmony, it was really interesting with all those flavors.

  23. Knowing my lazy baking habits (!), this is the perfect bread for me - loving the flavours that you have in here. Perhaps something to go with the soup that our rainy Londo summer demands??

  24. I made this one last night and it turned out amazing! I only used bleached whole wheat flour as that was what I had and since I didn't have a za'atar, I substituted it with some herb and spice mix. It turned out great! According to my husband, it tasted like olive oil italian bread and focaccia with cheese stuffing. Thank you for the recipe. This will be my to go recipe indeed.

  25. Jeanne, so glad you tried it and liked it, and fun to hear about my bread on Twitter!

    Mona, your version sounds good! Glad it was a hit at your house.

  26. This looks great! I always enjoy a nice savoury quick bread! My favourite is a roasted red pepper and feta zucchini bread so I will have to try this one as well!

  27. Kevin, I really liked the Za'atar in the bread. And so easy to make.


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