March 29, 2011

Nut and Seed Bread


I found a bottle of gorgeously dark pumpkin seed oil at the green grocer the other day and just had to have it. This is one of my favourite oils - I fell in love with it whilst travelling in Hungary a few years ago. All the farm houses there were making their own pumpkin seed oil and we dipped freshly baked bread in the oil that was seasoned with coarse sea salt - it was the most deliciously simple dish I could've imagined.

The mix of different oils and nuts gives this bread the most wonderful texture and flavour. I love gluten-free baking and for a nut-a-holic like myself it is ideal because I get to incorporate nuts in both sweet and savoury dishes. You can enjoy this bread with either sweet or savoury toppings, try ricotta and honey, for example!


Nut and Seed Bread
(Recipe adapted from Teresa Cutter)

1 cup raw cashews
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup almond meal
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
6 large free-range eggs
1 tbsp lemon juice
50ml olive oil
30ml walnut oil
30ml pumpkin seed oil

smooth ricotta and raw honey, for serving

Preheat your oven to 175C and line a loaf tin with baking paper. Place the cashews and the sunflower seeds in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Combine the cashew mixture, almond meal, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Beat the eggs with the lemon juice and the oils, then stir in the dry ingredients. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack before serving. Serve with ricotta and raw honey.

43 comments:

  1. Oh! This looks wonderful! It fits perfectly with my bread baking spree at the moment so will definitely have to bookmark it!

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  2. I love bread with a sweet adornment; there is nothing as simply indulgent as warm bread with a spread!

    xoxo
    bianca

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  3. That bread looks so flavorful and smooth! what a lovely combination of ingredients.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. This sounds and looks so healthy and hearty!

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  5. Love the pictures. I am always looking for some good gluten-free recipes.

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  6. It looks so nutritious and wonderful with all the nuts and seeds, yummy bread for sure!

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  7. Looks like a really nice and slightly dense bread, perfect for mid-morning snack

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  8. You are one of the finest bakers and pastry chefs I know and your photos are so beautiful they do justice to your exquisite pastries. Love that bread and all the other ones you have made so far.

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  9. oh my! that bread looks perfect! I wish I could have a slice right now!

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  10. This looks amazing, I really love the sound of that oil.

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  11. What a healthy bread.I love yor styling.The last picture is just beautiful

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  12. Pumpkin seed oil! Who woulda thunk it? Trust you to come up with a bread recipe that I actually want to eat :)

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  13. I like the mix of nuts and oil you have used in this bread. So wholesome.

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  14. This is breathtakingly beatiful! The smooth ricotta and raw honey makes it the more delicious~

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  15. This looks so hearty and delicious! I will have to keep my eye out for some pumpkin seed oil...I can't wait to give it a try! :)

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  16. I love pumpkin seed oil in vinaigrettes for salads, especially in the fall. Gives such richness and astounding flavor that a plain salad becomes something so special. I bet it's incredible baked into bread, too.

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  17. I'm a nut-aholic too. I can just imagine this toasted with butter and a good cup of coffee. Yum!

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  18. I like how you've used a blend of oils here, that must really give the bread a nice richness like you said. A perfect breakfast or afternoon snack.

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  19. Wonderful bread! I really enjoy this type of bread, I like to top it with butter and honey, but I'l definitely try it with ricotta too. Great recipe

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  20. BEYOND!!! I want a slice right now for breakfast. Wondeful and you would be hard pressed to find that in the grocery store.
    Cupcake
    xo

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  21. This looks wonderful! I must try this! Beautiful photos, as always :)

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  22. This looks and sounds so good Maria! Love all the goodness in this bread, I will definitely be trying this recipe!
    Natasha xo

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  23. ooh i love the way the honey runs down that lazy dollop of ricotta! looks delicious.

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  24. I bet the smell while this one was baking would be out of this world!It looks perfect!

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  25. Do you need a room mate? Sister? Anyone? I need to come stay with you so I can taste all these amazing recipes.

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  26. Oh, I absolutely have to try this! I bake a lot with almond flour (I'm gluten-free), but Iv'e never tried to add ground cashews or seeds. I can't wait to try this bread!

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  27. Excellent bread, looks very tasty :)

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  28. Oh my goodness...this bread sounds just so good..Love the ricotta with honey addition...Blessings, Catherine xo

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  29. This looks incredible! Stephen has fallen in love with no-knead bread, and I'm loving all the different nut and seed combinations he's coming up with, and the beautiful scents wafting through the house! :)

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  30. MMMMMM,..What a geaorgous & well flavopured gf bread!
    Could you use less eggs????

    I love this lovely bread! I also love the honeyed ricotta! :)

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  31. I really don't experiment with different oils enough but the way you describe this pumpkinseed oil makes me think I need to. What a great bread!

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  32. This looks absolutely beautiful!! And I'm sure, delicious :) Also, I love love love the idea of honey and ricotta and I'm obsessed with your honey bowl. SO pretty!

    Sues

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  33. Maria, this is really lovely. I really love the grains and oils that you've used to make this. It sounds wonderful. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  34. Now, this is something I need to try. It looks great. Beautiful blog, btw!

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  35. First of all, I have to tell you that your photographs are gorgeous!
    And the bread looks pretty darn delicious too.

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  36. Oh, that looks wonderful. And healthy, too!

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  37. Oh, this is an amazing recipe!! To use different oils is so brilliant!
    I discovered pumpkin seeds oil here in Germany and it is lovely...You remembered me I'd like to bring some bottles of it with me in Sardinia...
    Great great great recipe...I so love it...

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  38. I love this recipe and have made this bread twice. The only thing is that with the sunflower seeds. it goes green! Really green! Has this happened to you?

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    1. Thank you! Yes! Mine did go green too! I don't think it's anything to be worried about though ;-)

      Maria
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  39. where does one get pumpkin oil from in Australia? i have never seen it before

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    1. Most health food stores tend to have it plus some deli's and green grocers. If you're in the North Shore, try Fruit Ezy in Chatswood Chase.

      Maria

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