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Beetroot and Goats Cheese Bread

There are fewer things more wonderful than a homebaked bread, and this delicious combination of earthy beetroot and tangy goats cheese, together with the various seeds, make for a real umami treat.

Gill has adapted this recipe from Ottolenghi's "Simple" cookbook and it really does live up to name. No yeast or kneading is required, which results in a more cakey texture.  Spread it with some salted butter and serve with piping hot assam tea for the perfect middser (that’s mid-morning snack to non-Scots out there!)

Once baked, it will keep in an airtight container for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month—thaw before slicing and toasting.

Preparation Time:
15 minutes
Cooking Time:
1 hour 20 mins
Serves: 10


  • 1/2 cup (50g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (20g) thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup (50g) pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons nigella seeds
  • 3/4 cup (100g) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (100g) plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 medium beet, peeled and finely grated (approx. 2 cups or 200 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) sunflower oil, plus 1 tablespoon extra for greasing
  • 1/3 cup (80g) sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 ounce (20g) parmesan
  • 4 1/4 ounces (120g) young and creamy goat cheese, roughly broken into 3/4-inch/2cm pieces

    How to make Beetroot & Goats Cheese Bread

    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease an 8 x 4-inch/20 x 10cm loaf pan and line with parchment paper.

    2. Mix the oats, thyme, pumpkin, caraway, and nigella seeds in a small bowl.

    3. Put both flours into a separate bowl with the baking powder, baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Whisk to combine and aerate, then add the grated beet and all but one tablespoon of the oat and seed mix. Don't stir the mixture; just set it aside.

    4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, sour cream, honey, and Parmesan. Pour over the flour and beet mixture, then, using a spatula, mix to combine. Add the goat cheese and carefully fold through, trying not to break the pieces as you go.

    5. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of the oat and seed mix.

    6. Bake for 40 minutes, then cover tightly with foil and bake for another 40 minutes. A skewer inserted into the middle will not come out completely clean, but it should not be too wet.

    7. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and invert the bread so it is resting seed side up. The exterior will be quite crisp and dark. Cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

    Top Five Reasons To Eat Beetroot

    Beetroot juice has gained popularity since Paralympic gold medalist David Weir announced that a shot of the juice was his secret to success.  Whilst it may sound a bit like Dumbo’s feather, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that this humble root veg could indeed hold magic powers!

    Beetroot is high in nutrition

    Beetroot greens are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C and are well worth adding to your vegetable intake. They can be cooked up and enjoyed in the same way as spinach Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fibre, manganese and potassium

    Beetroot can help lowers blood pressure

    In a 2010 study researchers from the Queen Mary University of London found that the nitrate in beetroots can help to lower blood pressure and fight heart disease.

    Published in the online journal 'Hypertension', the study found that blood pressure was lowered within 24 hours in people who ingested nitrate tablets and people who drank beetroot juice.  A reduction in blood pressure is beneficial for the avoidance of heart disease and stroke.

    Beetroot could help prevent dementia

    A study from the US suggested that drinking a glass of beetroot juice daily could help to increase blood flow to the brain and prevent cognitive diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer's.

    The researchers looked at how nitrates affected 14 adults aged 70 and older over four days and found that after eating a high-nitrate diet, the adults had an increased blood flow to the areas of the brain most commonly associated with degeneration.

    Beetroot boosts your libido

    Beetroots contain high levels of boron, a chemical element which is thought to be directly related to maintaining sexual and reproductive health. Like bananas, celery, and watermelon, beetroots are one of the many foods that are alleged to increase the libido and combat problems such as tiredness in the bedroom.

    Beetroots are thought to work similarly to Viagra by increasing the nitric oxide levels in the body. VavaVoom!

    Beetroot can helps you to hold your breath

    Particularly useful for singers, musicians who play instruments like the trumpet or clarinet, cyclists, and mountain climbers, research found that taking a shot of concentrated beetroot juice could help subjects hold their breath for up to 11 per cent longer than usual. Also good for beating your sibling at ‘who can hold their breath the longest.’

    In an experiment published in the Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology journal the researchers found that participants could hold their breath for almost half a minute longer if they were given a 70ml shot of the juice before going underwater.