Herby cheese and onion push together bread
I remember this from growing up, but didn’t know where it came from. A bit of googling suggests it was probably from Nigella Christmas. The original recipe calls for snipped sage leaves. I replaced those with a couple of heaped teaspoons of dried mixed herbs I had in.
You will need
- A large onion, roughly chopped (about 350g)
- An equal weight of self-raising flour
- 100g of strong cheddar (grated)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of mustard powder
- An egg
- Enough milk to bind to a soft dough (about 100ml or so)
- A couple of teaspoons of olive oil
- Stick the oven on 180 oC
- Fry the onion in the oil under soft and golden with the odd bit that’s caught. Ideally leave to cool
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the onion with dry ingredients
- Add the eg and some of the milk, mix until it all comes together. You will probably need more of the milk. try not to work it too much.
- Form the dough into a ball and drop it onto a baking tray
- Push a knife almost all the way though to divide it into 8 with deep slashes
- If you’ve spare milk, brush the outside with it. I also pushed a couple of spare olives into the top.
- Bake for roughly 40 minutes.
Crunchy on the outside, soft inside, much like an armadillo. Best eaten warm, but not straight from the oven.