Monday, August 29, 2011

Baked and Delicious Olive Herb Parmesan Bread plus GIVEAWAY

Hold onto your seats, this is not just a fantastic recipe for tasty bread, but you could get something for nothing. But wait, you just have to wait...

I was sent a copy of a new magazine, Baked and Delicious, to review. You may have seen it advertised or at the newsagency - you can subscibe to it and each issue comes with a piece of silicone bakeware to use with the recipes in the magazine. My copy came with a loaf tin, so naturally I had to make a loaf.

I've never baked a savoury loaf before, but the flavours in this one sounded so good - olives, peppers, parmesan. Visions of a fragrant loaf cooling on the window sill while bluebirds of happiness fluttered around. I am there, baby!

Like most of the recipes in the magazine, this one is simple to make and the instructions are very easy to understand, with step-by-step photos. The results speak for themselves, as this bread/loaf was also very easy to eat, especially when it was still fresh and warm. The small bit that was left was wrapped in foil and I finished it off the next day after heating it in the toaster oven and slathering it in butter (so much butter!). A cool magazine, a successful recipe, a scrumptious loaf. Couldn't ask for anything more....

...Except a GIVEAWAY! Salivate over the photos below, then enter the contest...

Olive, Herb and Parmesan Bread
serves 8

75g (3oz) stuffed olives, sliced
75g (3oz) pimentos (bottled red peppers), sliced
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tblsp chives, finely chopped
125g (4oz) parmesan, grated
350g (12oz) plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp each salt and black pepper
1/2 tsp dry mustard or curry powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
300ml (1/2 pint) buttermilk
2 tblsp olive oil
sea salt flakes

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line a 900g (2lb) loaf pan with baking paper (you don't need to do this if using a silicon pan).
2. Place the olives, pimentos, thyme, chives and parmesan into a large mixing bowl.
3. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, pepper and mustard/curry powder into the bowl with the olives.
4. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl with the buttermilk and olive oil.
5. Mix the olives and pimentos into the flour mixture. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk mixture and stir until you get a thick, sticky batter.
6. Use a spatula to scrape the mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
7. Smooth the top of the loaf and decorate with extra slices of pimento. Scatter with flakes of sea salt. Bake the loaf in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top is risen and golden, and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
8. Cool the loaf in the pan for at elast 10 minutes and then turn out onto a rack to finish cooling. Slice and serve.

recipe adapted from Baked and Delicious

Ingredients, including buttermilk, bicarb soda, baking powder, flour, eggs, parmesan cheese, pimentos, olives and chives. Lurking cat is optional.

Part of the preparation - a messy workbench means you know what you are doing.

I used the silicone loaf pan that came with Baked and Delicious magazine. It's brilliant, the cooked loaf popped straight out, no problems.

How good does this loaf look?  I used curry powder, hence the attractive yellow hue of the loaf. Actually, this bread reminds me of the chorizo and olive loaf from Adriano Zumbo, except this one is lighter, doesn't have chorizo and is better!
Wait, there's more...

Served still-warm from the oven, with just a bit of butter. Really delicious.


Thanks to The Defectors and Baked and Delicious, you could win a Subscription to Baked and Delicious which includes 60 issues of Baked and Delicious and 4 exclusive (subscriber only) gifts, the total worth being $1,105.00.

To be in the running to win this amazing prize, just leave a comment on this post that contains the words 'baked and delicious'. So that you can be contacted when you win, please make sure you leave an email address (or send your entry and details to me at oohlookbel2000 at gmail dot com). Entries close on 26th September 2011.

If you can't wait to win, you can subscribe to Baked and Delicious - click here. Check out the free gifts with subscription!

***This contest is now CLOSED***

Congratulations to Heather, winner of the Baked and Delicious subscription

Conditions of Contest
1. Entry to the Baked and Delicious contest is by comment on this or subsequently labelled posts. Alternatively, email Ooh, Look to be entered. Entries must contain the words 'baked and delicious'. Winner will be selected randomly. Enter as many times as you like.
2. Competition closes end of day, 26th September 2011.
3. Prize can only be sent to subscribers with an Australian address.


  1. I love a good savory quickbread like this...they are far too few and far-between!

  2. WHOA, that is a super amazing giveaway!!! Very cool. Here are my "contest entry" words: baked and delicious. That bread also looks super delish! :)

  3. That is an awesome loaf of bread!
    Entry - All baked goods are delicious and super yummy.

  4. Yummy!!!!I am such a savoury baked goods girl!!! With slather of butter = uttlerly delicious!

  5. I can imagine myself eating this bread while getting baked in the sun on beatiful spring day with a delicious cocktail ;)

  6. No yeast? Definitely trying this out. I'd go the competition but my husband already complains about the lack of space from all my stuff in the kitchen...

  7. What a beautiful bread! I could almost smell the sun and herbs!

  8. Just noticed this "Baked and Delicious" giveaway is open all. ;-)
    How cool!

  9. That loaf of bread looks delish!

  10. Rachael PollingtonAugust 30, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    ooh look... I LOVE using silicon cookware for all BAKED AND DELICIOUS goods! Winning this subscription would be awesome!

  11. Baking for your family feeds their souls-and yours!

  12. If it's home baked, it's delicious! No if's or buts. Nothing beats home baking.

  13. High on my to-do list.

    I love cooking/baking magazines

  14. I knead a subscription to Baked and Delicious
    Because all my baking attempts are overly ambitious

  15. I'm not a very good baker but love thing sweet from the oven but with this magazine, hopefully all my goodies will be turn out beautifully baked and delicious!!!

  16. Oh wow that looks amazing, especially with that pat of butter! Love the savory flavors here, especially your olives with pimentos! Fabulous. Don't doubt it's better than Zumbo's :) Plus, love that baking dish - great color.

  17. mmmm this 'baked and delicious' goody looks fantastic!

  18. Wow, this bread looks delicious, olive and parmesan cheese...would love to have a slice of it right now :-)

  19. I love how this magazine has come at time when you're on a self-imposed ban of magazines!

    I also love your Disney-esque visions of post-loaf baking! In actual fact, I get those same domestic imaginings every time I bake something although sometimes the reality is far from it =p

  20. Yum the baked bread looks delicious! The pan looks so cool as well! I've always been so intrigued by non-metal pans.

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  22. Yum!! This looks so delicious. And I'm loving the colour of that silicone loaf pan!

  23. Yummmm, the Baked and Delicious bread looks so good, it makes so hungry now.. Lol

  24. so cool that your copy came with a loaf tin too! as much as i love to make desserts, id always pick something savoury over something sweet! so in this case, i dont think i can resist this "baked and delicious" loaf :)

  25. As I sit hear reading this.....I realise drool is not a good look. Baked and Delicious inspires and creates hunger pains....yummy.

  26. OOh that looks beautifully Baked and Delicious! :-)

  27. oh hello scrumptious looking Baked and Delicious olive herb parmesan loaf, you should be in my tummy not on my monitor taunting me :P

  28. Baked and Delicious looks to good to be true and makes me really hungry

  29. Well, you certainly have a baked and delicious loaf in your post right there! Lots of gorgeous savoury flavours - very enticing!

  30. My family all swarm around the kitchen like flies when they smell something in the oven baked and delicious.

  31. Olive Parmesan & Herb Bread is the perfect Baked and Delicious treat to serve to my family!

  32. Baked and delicious looks baked and delicious!

  33. My hubby baked me the most delicious
    pumpkin scones for our wedding anniversary this week. They were all crazy shapes and the kitchen looked like a bomb had hit it, but
    I was so proud of his effort! And the smell in the kitchen was heavenly!! (pumpkin scones are my favourite treat)

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    - Bring on baked and DELICIOUS!

  36. this baked and delicious post has left me drooling!

  37. we need this prize to make delicious baked goodies...yummy!

  38. These pictures fulfil my tastebuds wishes,
    so amazingly 'BAKED AND DELICIOUS'.

  39. My children are always looking for something BAKED AND DELICIOUS when they return home in the afternoon from school!

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  41. The best foods are baked and delicious. Cakes, cookies, pies....parfait doesn't thrill me, but steaming and warm from the oven and I am sold!

  42. I love the smell of bread, cakes, biscuits and scones baking in my oven. When afternoon tea or dessert is home baked and delicious, every day is a day to celebrate!

  43. Yummy Yummy in my tummy .. We just love all baked and delicious goodies ....