Spinach-Feta Quick Bread

“Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Who am I to dis a brie ….” ~Author unknown (but very, very clever)

Ingredients:

  • 1-½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (or ¾ teaspoon table salt)
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach, wilted (wilt spinach over low heat in a dry, non-stick skillet w/lid)
  • ½ cup good olive oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon lemon juice & enough milk to make ½ cup) – I didn’t have any milk or buttermilk, so I used lemon juice and heavy cream.
  • 2 large eggs (I always use jumbo eggs)
  • Enough butter to lightly grease your bread pan.
  • Parchment paper.

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350ºF, and lightly butter your bread pan.

Fold a piece of parchment in half and set it down inside bread pan with overhang on the long sides of the pan to make it easy to lift out your loaf.

  1. Wilt your spinach, covered, over low heat – no butter/oil; dry, non-stick skillet).
  2. If using lemon juice & milk or lemon juice & cream, mix together and set aside.
  3. While spinach wilts, whisk together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl or large measuring cup (I use my 4-cup glass measure), mix together buttermilk (or lemon/milk mixture), olive oil, and eggs.
  5. Add feta cheese to dry ingredients and stir to coat cheese.
  6. Add wilted spinach to dry ingredients and stir to coat.
  7. Add in liquid ingredients and stir to mix thoroughly, making sure to scrape the bottom of your bowl where flour likes to sit.  😉 
  8. Spoon batter into bread pan and smooth top.
  9. Bake at 350ºF. for 55-60 minutes or until bread tests done.  Mine took about 65 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven when done and set on a rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  11. Slide knife along the short sides of your loaf, and then gently lift the bread out of the loaf pan using the parchment paper.  Allow to cool completely on a rack before cutting into it.

ENJOY!  It’s delicious toasted or just as is.  😊

“And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.” 2 Samuel 17:29

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