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Jamie Oliver’s Cheesy Zucchini Bread

2011 March 23
by Reemski

I made this a little while ago when I purchased piles of glorious zucchinis from The Farmgate at Marrickville markets.  Great little recipe to use up a few zucchinis.

The dough is really sticky so be prepared and don’t over flour to compensate.  I also didn’t add enough salt and it needs it.  The original recipe calls for thyme, I didn’t have any, but if you did it firmly tips the bread into savoury territory, which is funny cause I ended up eating it toasted with honey and salt! Random I know! This bread lasted really well and I found, was awesome toasted.

Recipe: Cheesy Zucchini Bread


  • 3 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 sachet (7g) of yeast
  • 500g strong flour
  • about 300ml water
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 level tbs of salt
  • 2 small handfuls of grated cheese (whatever you have on hand)


  1. In a large bowl, pour in your flour, make a well
  2. Pour in half the water, then add the yeast, sugar and salt, and zucchini and stir to combine (use a butter knife or mixer with doughhook) Mix well and only add extra water if necessary. The zucchini is very wet, so it may not need anymore.
  3. Mix until you get doughy, add the cheese, then knead for 5 or so minutes.
  4. Oil your hands, and gently shape your dough so it’s surface is covered with the oil. Cover with gladwrap and allow to prove in a warm, draught free place for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  5. Punch it down, then throw it in an oiled and flour dusted loaf tin, or leave free form on a tray, and let it prove again for about 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 180°C
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes until crusty or it makes a hollow sound when you tap it.


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13 Responses leave one →
  1. March 23, 2011

    what a lovely little loaf 🙂

  2. March 23, 2011

    I’ve never made a savory style zucchini bread. But, I am thinking that I am going to have to change that and soon. Especially as I am on a muffins for breakfast kick!
    Mama Kelly aka Jia´s last post..Carrot Apple Raisin Muffins

  3. March 23, 2011

    ooh ive never tried zucchini bread with cheese before sounds delicious with a slathering of butter hehe
    chocolatesuze´s last post..Jurassic Lounge- The Australian Museum- Sydney 11

  4. March 23, 2011

    Yum, I have really been loving making bread lately and this looks really great.

  5. March 23, 2011

    Yes, I want more. But probably not a good idea! But it does have vegetables in it…hmmmm

  6. March 23, 2011

    I remember seeing Michael from Brasserie Bread making bread at Masterchef Live and he had the dough very sticky too. Much stickier than I usually have it which leads me to believe that I overflour dough! 😛 This looks great 🙂
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last post..Serpent’s Coil Pastry With Spinach &amp Feta

  7. March 24, 2011

    What an autumn-perfect treat. Cheese & bread are so reliably good together.
    Lee Tran´s last post..Sweet Architextural

  8. March 24, 2011

    Yum! I think honey and salt sounds perfect 🙂

  9. March 27, 2011

    This looks great! The zucchini always makes the dough darned sticky, I have a recipe for a zucchini cranberry loaf (sweet) on my blog and that was tricky to work with, tasted great. I love the cheese your bread has, can’t wait to try making this 🙂
    Sneh | Cook Republic´s last post..Tamatar Shorba – Indian Tomato Soup And Memories Of Holi

  10. March 27, 2011

    Oh my.. I never knew this bread existed! Now I wish I hadn’t read this! Hahahaha
    msihua´s last post..Sweet Architextural – Burch & Purchese with Bompas & Parr MF&W 2011

  11. March 28, 2011

    I reckon this would be great made into little loaves and warm with butter!
    mademoiselle délicieuse´s last post..Food bloggers’ dinner at Garfish Manly- 14 March 2011

  12. April 1, 2011

    Saviour! I have a pile of zucchini languishing in the fridge and just can’t bear another salad with ribbons of them. Bread bound they shall be. Perhaps toasted with a little bit of goat’s cheese for good measure.Ta muchly….
    Tori (@eat-tori)´s last post..Mexican or Mexicant The tamale challenge

  13. April 16, 2011

    ooh. this is a great recipe to trick kids into eating their vegies. I’m part of the lazy generation. I’d let the breadmaker do the mixing and then I’d bake it in the oven.
    tinytearoom´s last post..Apple Almond Snail Pastries

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