Zucchini Corn Bread Green Chilli Sun-dried Tomatoes and Black Olives
When you want a gluten-free bread for savoury snacking with hidden veggies, this corn bread is your choice, very nice with soups, stews, topped with avocado, tomato, sprouts and a drizzle of lemon, or enjoy purely naked. Instead of the oregano you could add your own wild foraged herbs, such as nettle, dandelion, yarrow. Actually, I think it’s a bit fancy and fantastic making my own corn bread, I hope you do too!
Makes a small to medium sized (20cm by 20cm) baking tray, or 2 bread baking tins filled only a little. When you fill them too high the bread will crumble.
1 cup very fine quick cooking polenta
1/2 cup chickpea flour (besan flour)
1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour (or more chickpea flour)
2 tbsp flaxmeal (preferably golden but brown will do) mixed with 1/4 cup water let sit 20 minutes
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp bi-carb soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup soy and/ or rice milk
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 corn, off the cob, or about 3/4 cup
1 zucchini, grated coarsely about 100g more or less
1 green chilli, finely chopped
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced finely
Black olives, amount to your liking, keep a few for on top
Preheat your oven to 180 C and line your baking tray.
Mix the milk with the vinegar and let sit for about 15 minutes.
Mix the flaxmeal with the water and let sit for about 15 minutes.
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add the oil to the vinegar milk mixture.
Prepare your other vegetable bits.
Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and pour into the dry mix.
Then add the rest of the vegetables and mix well.
Mix everything lovingly and pour into the baking dish lined with baking paper, sprinkle salt, pepper or herbs and a few olives on top.
Bake for 35-45 minutes or until it browns slightly and a knife inserted in the middle comes out relatively clean.
Best to cool the bread before cutting to avoid crumbling, but do go wild, how can one resist warm vegan corn bread?!
You have to get the extra quick cooking polenta, the finest in town. Polenta that needs more than 5-10 minutes to cook will make this bread crumbly.
Cut thicker slices to avoid crumbling.
The freshness of your flours will determine the overall flavour of the bread.
Please feel free to leave out the chilli if that’s not your thing.
Instead of parsley and green chilli try different herb combinations such as rosemary & salt, sage & chilli, thyme, lemon rind & pepper, what else will you come up with?