Easy Home Made Bread Recipes

Easy home made bread recipes

Easy Home Made Bread Recipes

Making home made bread is comforting, sometimes necessary when you’ve run out, and can even become a daily obsession! Eating it is always delicious. Some recipes are so easy, it needn’t be a chore to make bread, especially if it becomes a habit in the evenings.

Here are five of our favourite tried and tested home made bread recipes, all of them are easy to make. It’s a good idea to keep a ready supply of these ingredients in your store cupboard so that you can whip up a loaf if you’ve run out of bread.

You could also check out my post for this simple dough for making pizza and burger buns here.

1. Oat Bread Recipe

Oats make a delicious alternative to flour in this bread recipe and the addition of an egg makes it a lovely rich loaf. This is delicious with cheese and chutney or equally with honey or jam.

Ingredients:

  • 300g wholegrain oat flour or regular porridge oats
  • 500 ml natural yoghurt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 teaspoons bread soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until well mixed. Pour into a prepared bread tin and bake for 35 minutes at 180°C and then remove the loaf from the tin, turn it upside down and bake for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, wrapped in a clean dry tea towel for ten minutes before slicing.

To make this loaf more flavoursome how about adding some seeds, try my recipe for sunflower seed loaf.


2. Buttermilk Bread Recipe

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Nothing could be simpler to throw together than this crumbly Buttermilk Bread – warm chunks slathered with butter are an ideal accompaniment to a bowl of steaming leek and potato soup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre self-raising flour
  • 5ml salt
  • 500ml buttermilk

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until well mixed. Kneed into a ball and place loaf on a prepared baking tray. Slash the top with a deep cross and bake at 180°C for 45-50 minutes. Test with a skewer to see whether it is done. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly on a cooling rack before slicing.


3. Wholewheat Soda Bread Recipe

Soda bread is a traditional Irish bread that is super easy to make and has a lovely crunchy crust.

Ingredients:

  • 500ml wholemeal flour
  • 250ml white plain flour
  • 5ml bicarbonate or bread soda
  • 10ml salt
  • 500ml buttermilk/yoghurt/sour milk*

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until well mixed. Pour into a prepared bread tin and bake at 180°C for 60 minutes. Remove from the tin, turn loaf upside down and bake for a further 15 minutes. Pierce with a skewer to check that the centre is cooked. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing.

In the mood for something sweeter? Try my Barley, Cranberry and Rhubarb Loaf recipe here.

*If you don’t have any of these, you can make your own sour milk by adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to regular milk and leave it to stand for 15 minutes.


4. Beer or Gingerbeer Bread Recipe

This is a South African recipe and one of the first breads I made as a student. Using a gassy liquid like beer or gingerbeer helps to act as a raising agent.

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre self-raising flour
  • 5ml salt
  • 1 x 340ml can beer or gingerbeer
  • Grated cheddar cheese or sesame seeds (optional)

Method:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Kneed the dough for a minute and place into a prepared loaf tin. Sprinkle the cheese or sesame seeds on the top and bake at 180°C for 60 minutes.

More South African Recipes: >Cheese Puffs – >3 Ingredient Cheese Cake


Crusty White Loaf Recipe

This recipe makes two lovely 500gm yeast based crusty loaves. The process takes longer than the recipes mentioned above as the yeast needs time to work its magic through the dough to make it rise. The wait is oh so worth it though!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg white flour
  • 10g sachet of yeast
  • 15ml sugar
  • about 500ml lukewarm water
  • 10ml salt

Method:

Mix yeast, sugar and 100ml warm water in a jug and leave until it is frothy (about 10-15 minutes).

Mix 750gm flour and salt then stir in yeast mixture as well as the remaining water to make a soft dough.

Turn out onto a thoroughly floured board (using the remaining flour) and knead until smooth and satiny. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth and place in a warm place to rise – I use a slightly pre warmed oven. It may take up to 40 mins to reach double its size.

Punch the dough down and kneed again until smooth, divide in two and shape into loaves. Place the dough into prepared loaf tins. Cover with the clean cloth and allow to rise for another 30-40 minutes.

Slash diagonal slits across the top of the loaves. Mix 30ml warm water with 5ml salt and brush the top of the loaves, this helps form a nice crust. Bake in the centre of the oven at 180°C for 60 minutes until risen and the loaf sounds hollow when you tap the bottom.

Place on a wire rack and allow to cool before slicing.


Do you love to bake bread? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.

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