Homemade bread is healthier for a family! It’s easier than it sounds and tastier as you can control what goes in the bread. Most of you will add quality ingredients which will result in ultimate freshness. So, let’s take a look at some of the simplest homemade bread recipes. Who knows, you may never go back to buying them.
Tiger bread is a wonderful baking recipe to have with its iconic crackled crust and pillowy centre.
- 1½ tsp caster sugar
- vegetable oil, for the bowl
- 1½ tsp fine sea salt
- 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for kneading
- 300-350ml warm water
- 7g sachet fast-action yeast
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp golden caster sugar
- 90g rice flour
- ½ tbsp toasted sesame oil
Method – Grab a large mixing bowl and tip the flour into it. Stir through the yeast, salt and sugar. Make a hole in the middle and pour in the water. Mix swiftly and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Rub the bread for 8-10 mins. Put the dough in a large mixing bowl, cover and leave in a warm place.
Tip it onto a worktop once the dough has risen and knead it 3 times. Shape it into an oval. Flour a baking sheet and put the loaf on it. Cover and leave for a further 45 mins-1 hr. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan. Stir together all ingredients that will be used for topping. Spread the combination over the loaf with a knife. Bake for 35 mins.
Plain Flour Bread
This no-yeast bread is cooked using any plain flour you have at your disposal.
- ½ tsp fine salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 350ml-400ml natural yoghurt or buttermilk
- 500g plain white flour or wholemeal flour, plus extra
- a handful of oats or seeds, optional
Method – Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan and line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment. Combine the bicarb, salt, flour and sugar in a bowl until evenly spread. Make a well in the middle and add in the yoghurt. Bring together to make a sticky dough. Gently dust the dough with more flour and shape into a fat log.
Put in the box. Drop a wooden spoon in flour and create a line along the middle. Top with oats or seeds, it’s optional. Bake for 40-45 mins. Leave to cool before cutting into slices.
Vegan Banana & Walnut Bread
Who doesn’t love a slice of banana bread with sweet dates and crunchy walnuts? This vegan version is perfect for an afternoon cuppa.
- 75g light muscovado sugar
- 3-4 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 50g coconut oil or sunflower oil, plus extra for the tin
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 dates, finely chopped
- 25g ground almonds
- 75g walnut pieces, toasted
- 200g self-raising flour
- 3 tbsp soya milk
Method – Heat oven to 200C/180C fan. Polish a 450g loaf tin with oil then line with baking parchment. Mix baking powder, almonds, dates, sugar and flour. Beat together the oil and mashed banana, then combine it with the flour mixture.
Loosen the mixture by adding soya milk, fold in the walnuts and scrape the combination into the tin. Bake for 1 hr. If it starts to look too brown, cover the top. Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake to come out clean. Cool for around 10 mins before taking it out.
So, there you have it…
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