Christmas is just two weeks away! Can you believe it? omg, what happened to the time?
One thing I love about this time of the year is the vibe, people are just generally happy to be going on leave, getting time off to spend with their families and not forgetting those who will be getting bonuses!
The most exciting thing is that people find different ways of expressing their mood and level of happiness. For instance, I drive down my street and see two houses getting renovated, one just got a lick of paint and it looks so beautiful. It is not rare to see trucks from furniture shops delivering a stove, fridge, washing machine or even a new lounge suite. I’m seeing quite a number of brand new cars on the road. But, can you blame people for spoiling themselves and their loved ones after a long year with all the ups and downs that came along with it? Hell no! I say, do whatever makes you and your loved ones happy. However, make sure you still have money left to usher you comfortably into the new year. 😉
Talking about things that make one happy, one of my favourite things to do is to bake. There’s something calming and relaxing about baking. Perhaps it is the knowledge that you are creating this delectable piece of food from mere flour, eggs, water etc. Afterall, baking is a form of art.
This Easy Cheese & Onion Bread with Herbs is too yummy to miss out on. Find any excuse to bake it whether it is to impress your mom, sisters or even visitors. They will all love it and ask for some more. Happy baking!
Easy Cheese & Onion Bread with Herbs
Makes 1 medium loaf
3 brown onion, peeled and finely chopped
2t olive oil
2 star anise pods (optional)
500g Sasko Self-Raising Flour
1 cup mature cheddar, grated
3t herbs, finely chopped
1/2 t salt
1 cup / 250ml buttermilk
1/2 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 180C and line a medium bread loaf pan with baking paper.
- Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and sauté the onions and star anise over gentle heat for 8.
- You do not want to brown them.
- Set them aside and allow to cool slightly.
- Sift the flour and add the salt, cheese and herbs and mix.
- Mix in cooled onions and add the buttermilk, water and gently mix with a wooden spoon until it forms a sticky dough.
- Spoon the dough into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours until golden brown on top.
- You will know your bread is done when you insert a sharp knife or skewer into the thickest part and it comes out clean
Tip 1: If you find that your loaf is going very brown during the baking, gently cover with foil (about halfway through). This will depend on your oven and its something I generally always do to prevent over-browning