I am pleased to say I now have a definite glut and have been looking for things to cook with them. Of course, bread came to mind and I remembered coming across an old Jamie Oliver recipe for courgette bread.
I have to confess I'm more keen on putting the flavour on top of the bread rather than in the dough itself but I thought I'd give it a go nevertheless.
The original recipe calls for six courgettes to 1kg flour, which in my experience made the dough so incredibly wet it's unmanageable, even if you sprinkle with salt and leave them to drain after grating, so here's my take on it:
400g strong white flour
100g strong wholemeal flour
1 medium courgette, grated (I'll let you know if I come up with something for the other 99)
8g fine sea salt
300g warm water
10g fresh yeast or 4g instant yeast
- Put the grated courgette into a colander and sprinkle with salt. This will help to draw out some of the moisture.
- Mix everything except the courgette into a dough - it will be quite firm as the courgette will add quite a lot of moisture but not till a bit later.
- If you're using fresh yeast, dissolve it in the water before adding to the flour and salt.
If you're using instant, add it to the flour.
- Leave the dough for 10 minutes then knead for 10 seconds. Repeat the kneading/resting for 10 mins twice more, and during the third and final knead, work the courgette as evenly through the dough as you can.
- Cover the dough with a plastic bag and leave until it's about doubled in size (about an hour) then stretch and fold it (in thirds one way then turn 90 degrees and stretch again, then fold in thirds again).
- Return it to the bowl and cover, then leave it until it's doubled again.
- Shape the dough.
- Put the dough plus tin or proving basket inside a large plastic bag and leave to prove - until it's risen by about half its size again (can be as quick as around 30-45 mins).
- Prod the dough to check if it's fully proved (the indent should come about half way out).
- Bake at 220 C for 40-45 mins.
- Cool on a wire rack before eating (if you can).
- Post photos here.