Winner '14: Mary Cahill


Larder Luck sponsored by Heinz

Spicy Vegetable Bread
Makes 1 loaf

For the bread:
  • 110g wholemeal flour
  • 110g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 55g butter
  • 110g courgette, grated
  • 110g carrot, grated
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh rosemary (optional)
  • 65g Coolea or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp Heinz Mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

For the tomato sauce:
  • Oil, for cooking
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes, or a jar of tomato passata
  • 1 dessertspoon tomato purée
  • Heinz Hot Pepper Fruity Sauce, to taste
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Splash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce


  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 190˚C/170˚C fan/gas mark 5.
  2. 2 Mix the first four ingredients together, then rub in the butter using fingertips or a food processor.
  3. 3 Add the next four ingredients, then stir in the liquid ingredients and mix well.
  4. 4 Place into a 2lb loaf tin, sprinkling the top with sesame or other seeds if desired.
  5. 5 Bake for about 50 minutes until set.
  6. 6 For the tomato sauce, heat some oil in a pan and gently fry the onion until soft. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 15-20 minutes, then blend.
  7. 7 Serve the bread hot with the tomato sauce.
Per Serving 725kcals, 32.9g fat (10.4g saturated), 87.2g carbs, 24.5g sugars, 31.6g protein, 14.3g fibre, 2.478g sodium

Mary Cahill

"Spicy vegetable bread and tomato sauce has been my staple, fail-safe vegetarian recipe for over 30 years. Originally devised by the late Phyl O’Kelly, cookery columnist with the then Cork Examiner newspaper, I have tweaked it over the years, but if a basic recipe is good it’ll stand the test of time. It’s easy to make, using everyday ingredients but maybe in a surprising combination. Mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and brown flour? Go on! Give it a try and surprise yourself with this nutritious, flavourful loaf."



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