It’s that time of year when, if you grow your own, you might be struggling to think up new ways to use up the produce from your garden. It was this that prompted me to come up with some tasty ways to use up vegetables when making bread. In this second recipe (see the first, a warm roasted red pepper, tomato and chilli bread, here), courgette and carrot combine with paprika for a versatile vegetable glut bread recipe.
1 courgette, grated
½ carrot, grated
450g white bread flour
50g wholemeal flour
7g instant dried yeast
1 tablespoon paprika
50 – 100g water
Mix together the flours, yeast, salt and paprika in a large mixing bowl, avoiding direct contact between the salt and yeast.
Add in the grated vegetables (I had about 440g in total, so grate some more vegetable if needed) and mix together, squeezing the flour mixture and vegetables together with your hands. This helps the flour soak up the excess moisture from the vegetables and starts to form the dough.
Bring the final dough together by gradually adding water. Weigh out 50ml water (note that 1ml water equals 1g, so 50ml = 50g). Add this in and bring the dough together. You may need to add a little more water if the dough feels dry – have a bowl of water beside you and dip your hands in, then knead using your wet hand to gradually add more moisture to your dough.
Turn the dough out of the bowl onto a clean, un-floured surface. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic.
Shape the dough into a rough ball and return to the bowl. Cover and leave to rise for 1 – 2 hours, or until at least doubled in size.
Pre-heat the oven to 230C. Once the dough has risen, gently remove it from the bowl and deflate the dough by kneading it several times. Now shape into a loaf. I chose a round loaf shape that I then proved in a banneton, or proving basket. For this, shape the dough into a tight ball, then flip and place topside down into the floured banneton. If you have a loaf tin, you could also use that – see my video on shaping dough for a loaf tin. Cover the dough and leave it to rise for at least an hour.
Once the dough has risen again, bake your loaf for 30 – 40 minutes in the pre-heated oven. Your loaf should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom when it’s cooked. Cool and enjoy!
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If you liked this recipe, why not try another hidden vegetable bread recipe, my warming roasted red pepper, tomato and chilli bread rolls?
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