This post is an update / addition to the previous blog entitled ‘Red Split Lentil Bread’. As promised I tried the second recipe suggestion given in the video link provided in the previous blog. The ingredients to make the lentil bread are the same as this savoury cake but with the addition of a few more ingredients namely cheese, onion and herbs. The rest of the instructions given for the lentil bread are the same for this recipe. For the additions I used Greek Feta (200g) diced, a handful of chopped flat leaf parsley (because I have it growing in my back yard), a couple of tablespoons of finely chopped onion and a 1/4 teaspoon of coarse black pepper.
Other varieties of cheese you can use include Halloumi, Mozzarella or basically any soft cheese. Other suggested herbs are Dill or Basil. I used finely chopped red onion but you could also use fresh spring onion, dried onion or chives.
When I previously made the lentil bread I just greased the tin with olive oil as suggested in the video but I found it difficult to get the bread out of the baking tray without breaking it. This time I used a baking tin liner. I cooked this one in a round baking tin. When the cake cooled down completely I was able to peel the liner off carefully without breaking the cake.
As I suspected, the savoury cake is really delicious and I am glad to be able to add it to my favourite recipes for regular use. I had a slice of the cake this morning for breakfast served cold with some fresh cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil and apple cider vinegar dressing (on the tomatoes). The cheese and herbs combine harmoniously with the rest of the ingredients. It would make a great lunch dish combined with a mixed salad. Again, it holds together very well and so it could be added to your picnic basket for a filling and nutritious meal on the go.
You may be aware that there are concerns worldwide about shortages of wheat and other food products. You will know how quickly we were plunged into fuel shortages and rising fuel prices. I anticipate that more flexibility may be called for when it comes to our food choices in order to get the best nutrition into your diet. ‘Bread’ is a real staple in our diet in Ireland. We are slow to abandon bread even when it has a deleterious effect on our health. Upon being told that her starving peasant subjects had no bread to eat, Marie-Antoinette, the queen of France during the French revolution, apparently responded “Let them eat cake”! OK, so we’re not quite there. We still have a wide variety of foods available to us, but changes could be coming down the line. Save this cake recipe as it is very nutrition dense, not to mention delicious. Marie-Antoinette’s subjects would have been well fed on this cake. Of course, I get that the point of the story is not really ‘the bread/cake’ but the fact that she had no awareness of the real experience of her ‘peasants’ lives, their experience of life being so completely removed from her own. Hmmm….. sound familiar?? Have we closed the gap between the rich and the poor 3-4 centuries later?? ‘Food for thought’! If we did have to resort to using other flours to make bread or bread substitutes, lentils are a really good choice. Apart from being relatively inexpensive, they have a long shelf life so you could buy in bulk now and be prepared. It’s culinary uses are many and varied. Lentils are ‘gluten free’ and are therefore unlikely to cause an immune reaction or digestive issues unlike wheat products.
Try it folks, you won’t be disappointed.