Foodie Friday: seriously easy homemade bread [recipe]

We love easy and quick recipes suitable for all of the family. This bread is perfect for that and lasts for a few days in a sealed container (and can be frozen for a couple of weeks). It’s completely free of any nasties and is also good fun to make with the little ones to get them involved in baking. The recipe came from a good friend of Lauren’s (thanks Kath!) who makes this regularly and has a career and three children…it is that quick and easy!

Great for sandwiches, hearty soups, toast or just slathered with butter and ham and enjoyed on its own.

We hope you enjoy xx 

Feeds: a family for a couple of days


500g flour
2 tsp salt
7g (2¼ tsp) yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
320 ml water

2lb loaf tin (non-stick works well, but isn’t a necessity)


  1. Place dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and add the olive oil, followed by the water.
  2. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together, you will end up with quite a wet dough.
  3. Pop some cling film over the top of the bowl to seal the dough in and leave it to prove (this is what adds the air into the dough). Note: Sometimes the mixture can prove above the top of the bowl edge and so it can be worth brushing some olive oil onto the underside of the cling film to help the mixture come away more easily. It’s not a problem if you don’t, it just means you’ll need to gently prise the dough from the cling film at the next stage.
  4. Once the dough has doubled in size (normally 1-2 hours), take it out of the bowl and ‘knock it back’; this is where you knead the dough (in this case, for about 2-3 minutes) to get some of the air out before the second proving.
  5. Once you have knocked the dough back, shape it roughly to the shape and size of your loaf tin and drop it into the tin, cover with cling film again and leave to prove for a further hour.
  6. Heat your oven to 210 celsius (200 fan) / gas mark 7.
  7. You can dust some flour on top of the bread or brush with egg and even sprinkle some poppy seeds on top, and pop it in the over for 30 minutes.
  8. When ready (it’ll be golden) relive from the Tim and cool on a wire rack.
  9. Et voila, really easy and delicious homemade bread!


Why not try… Getting creative with this bread, sprinkling a nice seed mix on top or even adding it to the mix. Healthy and delicious.

The Mother Side xx

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