Nutty, sweet and moist Blueberry Quinoa Bran Loaf makes for a great treat. Serve it with a sweet and spicy butter-fruit spread and you’re a kitchen super star.
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute, see our technique section)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup wheat bran
- 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (plus 2 teaspoons to finish loaf)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- ***Strawberry Chili Butter***
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 Thai sweet chillies, minced seeds in (or to taste)
- squeeze of lemon
- 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350⁰F (200⁰C). If you haven’t already done so, cook quinoa as noted above. Coat loaf pan liberally with butter or spray well with non-stick spray.
- In small bowl combine eggs, buttermilk and melted butter and give it a good beat to mix. In separate larger bowl combine dry ingredients; bran, cooked quinoa, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine. Take about 2 tablespoons of the flour mix and toss it together with your blueberries to coat (this will ensure they don’t bleed in the mix.)
- Combine wet mix with the dry mix using a rubber spatula, folding to combine. Give it about three or four stirs before adding your blueberries to the batter. Mix until JUST combined. Don’t overmix. Pour entire mix into prepared pan. Top with extra brown sugar for a sweet crunchy top. Place loaf pan on a baking sheet on the middle rack of your oven and bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. (The baking sheet is just in case your loaf pan overflows, you wouldn’t like me very much if I made you clean the oven…)
- Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack completely before you run the tip of a knife around the edge to unmold and cut. If you can stand the temptation, fridge it for an hour for best slicing. But hey, who are you feeding The Queen of England?! No, it’s probably just family and friends, I think they can cope with a few crumbs.
- ***Strawberry Chili Butter*** While the loaf is baking, slice fresh strawberries and pop them into in a small, heavy bottomed pot along with sugar over medium heat. Stir as strawberries begin to macerate and syrup starts to form, add your chillies, stir well, then reduce heat to low and cook to reduce fruit to a loose jam. Add squeeze of lemon as you remove from heat to cool completely. (To hurry this along I put the pot in the freezer for a few minutes.)
- Whip your room temperature butter in a small bowl with either a spatula or your mixer. Mix it until it’s light and about double in volume. Then blend the cool strawberry chili jam into the butter, adding about a third at a time, until incorporated to a chunky, brightly coloured spread. Place the butter-fruit spread in a container and chill until needed.
In the heat I suggest you fridge leftovers. Real food means no preservatives so it’s best to keep it refrigerated in the heat. Still moist and delicious three days later.
- Category: Loaf
- Cuisine: North American