Spinach and Quinoa Bread

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I wonder if I’m the only one that has “non artistic” days :)

In the last week all the photos I took were rubbish (and I’m being kind to them). I’m far from being a great food photographer but there are days no matter how many pictures I take all of them land in the recycle bin. I know practice makes perfect, but seems like I’m now starting to take photos.

My pictures are out of focus, poorly lit, the style is non-existent :(

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The photos of this bread are far from showing a wonderful loaf. But I decided to embarrass myself and show them anyhow.

Why, you may wonder. Well, the bread is so good is really worth mentioning it. I may not have taken mouth-watering photos of it, but trust me, once you have a slice, you don’t care if it’s picture perfect or not.

The idea of this bread starting from a photo of spinach quinoa muffins I spotted on Pinterest.

But I didn’t want to make muffins. I had bread on my mind.

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I remembered seeing a spinach bread in a bread-machine cookbook I have. Although I don’t own a bread machine, the book has some great bread ideas.

Like this spinach bread. Or three cheese buns. Or Chocolate muffins

Combining the quinoa from the muffins with some wilted spinach (idea taken form the cookbook) seemed like a great combo.  And it was!

The sweetness of the sautéed onion, the wilted baby spinach combined with quinoa and some toasted sunflower seeds made such a wonderful combo!

The crust is soft from the addition of olive oil, flavors are bursting in every bite.

It may not be picture-perfect, but it sure tasted better than I had expected.

If i had to change something, I’d probably double the amount of quinoa and spinach, just to kick a little more the level of nutrition.

Spinach and Quinoa Bread | roxanashomebaking.com

Spinach Bread

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Spinach Bread

A flavorful loaf of bread, packed with quinoa seeds and baby spinach. Perfect with a warm bowl of soup or pasta.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (120 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (60 ml) lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 oz baby spinach
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tbsp toasted sunflower seeds
  • 4 cups (480 grams) all purpose flour
  • more flour for dusting

Instructions

  1. Start by cooking the quinoa in a small sauce-pan. For 1/2 cup quinoa seeds 1 cup of water it is needed. Cooking the quinoa should take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes over low heat.
  2. Meanwhile saute the onion with the 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the baby spinach and let it wilt.
  3. In a mixing bowl measure 1 cup flour. Make a well in the middle and pour 1/2 cup lukewarm water and sprinkle 2 tsp yeast on top. Leave at room temperature until the yeast is dissolve and bubbles appear.
  4. When the yeast is proofed added the cooked quinoa, wilted spinach and onion, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 cup olive oil,1/2 cup water and the sunflower seeds.
  5. With the mixer on the lowest speed, slowly add 4 cups of flour.
  6. The dough will be soft and elastic. With floured hands take the dough out of the bowl and place it into a clean floured bowl. Cover and let it rest until double in volume. This should take only 40-50 minutes.
  7. Punch down the dough, knead my hand for another minute and divide it into two balls. Shape each ball into a log and place it on floured baking sheets. I used a banquette pan, but a cookie one will work just as well.
  8. Cover again and let it rise for another 15-20 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile heat the oven to 400F.
  10. Bake the breads for ~ 45 to 50 minutes.
  11. Leave them to cool before slicing.
  12. Enjoy!

Notes

We enjoyed the bread as it was. If I had to change something I'd double the amount of quinoa and spinach.

http://roxanashomebaking.com/spinach-and-quinoa-bread-recipe/

Spinach and Quinoa Bread | roxanashomebaking.com

Sending love your way,

Roxana

Linking this loaf of bread to

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Heather’s – Bake Your Own Bread

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Comments

  1. says

    Your spinach bread looks delicious and just the kind of bread I would love to make and enjoy! You’re too hard on your photos! I also love the color of this bread, very nice with a slice of cheese;-)

  2. Dionne Baldwin says

    You are not the only one my friend. The only thing more frustrating than one of those days is when someone goes on and on about how my work looks just fine and I need to realize that blah blah…

    As an artist, when we are unhappy with our work that’s just the way it is. BUT I must say that I love how your lighting allows me to see the color and texture of this bread. Your photograph is staged so ideally in my opinion that I swear I smell fresh baked bread right now.

    I love your style. You can take a loaf of bread and make it look so tantalizing and tempting that I have to make it so I can have just a sample of your creation!

    Thank you for sharing this.

  3. says

    You’re definitely not the only one that has un-artistic days!! In fact I think I have them way more frequently than most people. I remake quite a few dishes because the pictures weren’t good enough the first time, haha. Your bread looks delicious though. I always have a hard time photographing bread anyways, I don’t know why, it’s just difficult, but yours looks great. The quinoa and spinach sound delicious!

  4. says

    Thanks for the link love on my spinach quinoa muffins! Your bread looks awesome. I have a bread machine, maybe I’ll try it in the machine and let you know how it goes. Wishing you a great week!

  5. says

    Roxana, are you kidding me with those pictures?! Those are beautiful and I could only hope that I am as good as you are someday. This bread is everything that is on my list of loves. Veggies and bread :)

    I have days where my pictures just aren’t turning out. Especially since the time has changed and we aren’t seeing as much sunshine. Soon though, very soon we will have our sunshine back!

  6. says

    There are definitely days I can’t take any good photo. I blame the lights lol.
    Your bread still sounds fantastic! Quinoa, onion and spinach in a loaf of bread.. now I need to try that!

  7. Jen Laceda says

    we are our biggest critic…don’t be so hard on yourself – you take great pictures! at least you can make bread….i cannot for the life of me. yeasted goods are my enemy! they don’t like to work with me :(

  8. Marsha @ The Harried Cook says

    The bread looks fine to me! Don’t be so hard on yourself :) And more importantly – it sounds absolutely delicious! thanks for sharing :)

  9. says

    pinach and quinoa, what a combo roxanna… I think your pics are great, but I totan’t totally understand. Some days I spend all day taking pics and nothing, nada, zilch.. all sent to thrash!

  10. says

    Your pics look beautiful to me!!I can almost smell a freshly baked bread here :)Love the addition of spinach and quinoa, so nutritious and delicious :)

  11. says

    I love the green tinge! And I love that this sounds so healthy with the quinoa and sunflower seeds right inside – nice. Beautiful loaf! Thanks for sharing this one with BYOB this month, too :)

  12. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) says

    I wish I had your talent for bread making…or just baking in general. I would never be able to create my own version of any baked good out of inspiration. This bread screams healthy but I disagree with you. Your photos do show what a great job you did. I can see the flecked with all kinds of good stuff. Don’t be so hard on yourself–we all have off days in photography and some things are just beyond our control. I think these pictures are perfectly fine! :)

  13. says

    you are the bread queen! i love the spinach and onions here! i totally know what u mean about photography. since i’m not professionally trained at all, never took a class, there are some days where i take over 100 pictures and i am just not happy about them. some things are just so hard to photograph! ps – i was subscribed to your blog, but this post never came up in my google reader! i saw this on the greenslove bloghop. did anything change?

  14. says

    Hi Roxana,

    You are not the only one with those days. I have them even weeks it feels like sometimes:) Your photos look nice. But we can all pay you hundreds of compliments but if one is not happy with the photos then the bad is all we see. I think your bread looks wonderful and sounds so delicious. Thanks for sharing:)

  15. says

    Oh I need to get one of those loaf pans, it is so fun!!! This bread sounds delicious:-) We made three loaves of bread last weekend, I love making bread:-) Hugs, Terra

  16. Kitchen Belleicious says

    i bet this taste so amazing! I can’t wait to try it out! Your breads always look fantastic!

  17. says

    My mum is always on the case of feeding me spinach – now I have a delicious reason too :D
    Thanks!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Colossal Caramel Peanut Monster Cookies

  18. Sam says

    Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe; I had a bunch of spinach to use up and the resulting loaves are absolutely delicious – I would never have thought to put quinoa into bread but it works wonderfully.

    I don’t have a mixer so I mixed by hand, the only change I made was to add about a 1/4 cup of extra water as without it I just couldn’t get all the flour into the dough.

  19. Terri says

    Hi – this looks delicious!!! I am curious though….if I double the quinoa would I reduce the flour as well? Thanks!!!

    • says

      Hi Terri,
      I don’t advise you to do so. If you add more quinoa (a gluten free product) and cut on the flour (which has gluten) the bread dough won’t have enough gluten resulting in a dense, almost no rise bread.

      Roxana

    • says

      Hi Shannon,
      you should follow the bread machine instructions for the order you add the ingredients. I think most require to add the liquid first and make sure the yeast does not get in contact with the water.

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