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  • Simple and delicious bread recipes

    There are few things that touch all five senses like a glistening pad of golden butter slowly melting into warm bread, fresh from the oven. What’s perhaps even more satisfying is sitting at your kitchen table, with sunlight pouring in over your coffee and daffodils, enjoying the scrumptious pleasures of a loaf you made yourself.  

    You probably won’t be surprised to read that, in the past week, Google searches for bread recipes have soared – namely “bread recipes without yeast” and “how to make bread in a slow cooker.” Some of us might be seeking the solace of baking, others might be experimenting with a new skill; one thing is for certain, doing it yourself really is the best thing since sliced bread. 

    You don’t have to be a Star Baker to whip up a batch of warm flatbreads, or try your hand at making Irish Soda Bread. The next time you’ve got a delicious sweet potato and chickpea curry gently heating on the hob, why not reach for the bag of flour and serve it with some toasty roti?

    Here are five easy-to-follow recipes to get you started. Oh, and if you haven’t been able to buy any eggs? Not a single recipe needs them.

    Roti

    Also known as chapati, this versatile Indian bread is a lighter alternative to naan that still maintains the necessary structural integrity to scoop up your curries, dals and vegetable side dishes. Delicious! It’s so easy to make, and all you need is four ingredients: wholemeal flour, water, vegetable oil and a pinch of salt. In fact, not only is it the perfect accompaniment to your curry, but roll your roti dough a little wider and it can also double as a delicious, crispy pizza crust. 

    Try this recipe from Peter Joseph, former head chef at Michelin-starred Tamarind.

    Image from Great British Chefs

    Irish soda bread

    If you’re planning on whipping up a hearty batch of soup or stew in the near future, we highly recommend accompanying it with thick chunks of comforting, Irish soda bread. Baked just right and served nice and toasty, soda bread has a thicker, almost cake-like consistency that will satisfy sweet and savoury fans alike. All you need to make this is wholemeal flour, plain flour, bicarbonate of soda, buttermilk and salt. Oh, and slather it with plenty of Kerrygold butter, of course.   

    Try this simple recipe from James Martin.

    Image from James Martin

    Flatbreads

    There’s not much you can’t do with a good flatbread recipe, whether you’re using it as an alternative to sliced bread for sandwiches, a delicious pizza base or simply to tear, share and dip. Jamie Oliver’s easy flatbread recipe only needs self-raising flour, baking powder and natural yoghurt, with the optional extra of making your own delicious garlic and herb butter to top it off. Fill your flatbreads with halloumi, hummus, tomatoes and crunchy lettuce for an easy lunch. 

    Try Jamie Oliver’s flatbread recipe.

    Image from Jamie Oliver

    Dinner rolls

    For fuss-free bread rolls in under 30 minutes, try this simple, yeast-free Feast And Farm recipe for dinner rolls. Dinner rolls? OK, so you might be more accustomed to a waiter gently placing one on your side plate, but fill a couple of these with your favourite sandwich filler and you’re all set for your midday munching. This recipe requires no kneading; just combine your ingredients of sugar, milk, self-raising flour and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl, dollop generously into a greased muffin tin and you’ll have six rolls in less time than it takes to watch an episode of your latest box set.  

    Try this recipe from Feast And Farm.

    Image from Feast and Farm

    Slow cooker bread

    There’s never been a better time to make use of your slow cooker. Did you know you can also use it to make bread? You’ll need yeast but, trust us, it’s absolutely worth it, easy to do and you’ll end up with a great sandwich loaf. Along with dried active yeast, this recipe and guide from Jack Monroe requires plain flour, a pinch of salt, some warm water and a little oil for greasing. Knead it all together, leave it to rest for 20 minutes and then pop it in your slow cooker for a couple of hours, checking in after 90 minutes to turn it over. Once you’ve made your first basic loaf, Jack recommends mixing it up by adding anything from herbs and spices to coconut milk. Get experimental!  

    Try making slow cooker bread with Jack Monroe.

    Image from Jack Monroe