Easy-peasy bread

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One of my food-fears is baking bread. I don’t know why but it terrifies me. I think it’s coz I’ve never worked with yeast and yes I know it’s easy etc. etc. but I am scared of it. Just like I’m scared of making my own pasta, poaching an egg and making mayonnaise. But I’ve made my own pasta (although tricky I did it), I’ve poached an egg (once again not the biggest success but it was atleast edible) and I’ve made Hollandaise sauce which is pretty close to Mayonnaise. So I decided to cheat a bit and bake bread that’s not made with yeast.

I got this fabulous flower pot/bread pot for my birthday from my friend, Nicole. The moment I saw it I fell inlove with this absolute cutests of foodie gifts. Along with the pot came a small card with a few bread recipes on it. But they are so easy that I can’t even call them recipes with a straight face. 3 ingredients..that’s all you need for a basic bread dough. Then they also have a few variations like Oxtail bread, onion bread, sweetcorn bread and cheese bread. I’ve done the onion and the oxtail and let me tell you, both are DELICIOUS! I am so chuffed by the sheer simplicity of these breads that I’m baking them on a regular basis now. The first one I baked with regular self-raising flour and although it works really well, I wanted to try baking it with White Bread Flour. I added 2tsp Baking powder and it came out so well. So I’ll make it with Bread flour from now on and soon, I promise, I’ll make proper bread. Actually now that I think about it, maybe it’s all the kneading that intimidates me. You see, I’m a very, very, VERY lazy cook. Hence my love for soup powder. I don’t use it to make soup, but I LOVE it for flavouring sauces. But anyway, I WILL one day bake proper bread, from scratch! Hopefully before the end of the year.

But for now, I share this recipe for the easiest bread in the world (other than beer bread) with you.I know not everyone has this ‘flower/bread pot’ but you could make this just as well in a loaf tin. It’s amazing served with soup but even better served by itself with masses of farm style butter.

Makes 1 medium sized loaf of bread

500g Self raising flour (or 500g white bread flour with 10ml baking powder)
500ml Buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk mix 500ml full cream milk with 20ml lemon juice and allow to stand for 5 minutes)
5ml salt

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until it forms a sticky dough.
  • Transfer to a well-greased loaf tin and bake at 180°C for about an hour until the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Variations :
    For Oxtail bread : Mix one packet of Rich oxtail soup powder and 1tbsn garlic flakes with the rest of the ingredients and top with 100g cheese if desired.
    For Onion Bread: Mix one packet of Brown onion soup powder with the rest of the ingredients along with 1 cup grated cheese.
    For Sweetcorn bread: Use only 250ml Buttermilk and mix 2 eggs and a can of Cream style sweetcorn in with the rest of the ingredients.
    For Cheese bread : Mix 1.5 cups of grated mature cheddar in with the rest of the ingredients

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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • http://tandysinclair.com Tandy

    I love your pot! I have the easiest peasiest recipe for mayo and will repost soon.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      I have a step-by-step guide to making mayo in a food processor from one of my UK mags, but please post yours too so I can have a look. :)

  • http://www.thecreativepot.net Marisa

    I’m also a bit apprehensive about bread baking (nevermind egg poaching!), but mayo really isn’t as complicated as it looks – you should give it a whirl! Lovely looking bread though – I like the shape.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      I’m going to try making Mayo when we get back from our holiday in 2 weeks.
      I also love the shape of the bread!

  • Elsie

    Please tell me where she bought this pot?

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      I’m not sure where she got it from, I’ll ask her and let you know.

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    this post is very usefull thx!

  • Alet Boonzaaier

    Hi Ally

    So bak ek mos toe die broodjie oor die naweek – en wat ‘n fees. Ek het myne in ‘n alluminium broodpan gebak op die vuur. Dit was die lekkerste brood wat ek nog gebak het. Ek het die bruinuiesop en kaas gebruik. Wil nou die naweek die ander ook uittoets.
    Dankie vir jou lekker blog.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Ag ek’s so bly jy het dit geniet! :) Ja die verskillende sop poeiers gee dit die lekkerste geur ne? Laat my weet hoe die ander gegaan het. :)

  • Nicolene Nel

    Good day I am also DESPERATELY looking for a pot like this!! I bought one at the Hartklop kunstefees this weekend and when I went back the Sunday to buy another one the stalls were all packed up…PLEASE can someone help me??? Where can I find another one, want it for a wedding gift for our friends getting married in September.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Nicolene, I’ll ask my friend where she got it, she’s very resistant to giving up the info! :) I’ll e-mail you direct when I find out!

  • Nicolene Nel

    Thank you Ally_R!!!!! I’ll really appreciate it very much!

  • Helen

    This is great, thanks! I wonder if I can use white vinegar instead of lemon juice with the milk?

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Helen : I’m not sure if it would have the same effect but you could just try and see? Let me know if it works and I’ll add it to the recipe. :)

  • Nikki (from Thailand)

    Hi, This recipe looks fab. Maybe you can help me. The recipe says fluid oz’s of baking powder and the same for salt. How can you have fluid oz’s for a dry ingredient?. I really want to try this, my daughter made some quick bread with sweet corn and it was delicious but she has lost the recipe. I can’t buy nice bread here in Thailand. I hope you can help me. Nikki.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Nikki, I have a plug-in which converts all my metric measurements for me. Because the baking powder if 5ml, it assumes it’s a fluid measurement. It’s in fact just a teaspoon (which if 5ml).

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