once you start….

making your own bread… 

well, you can guess where I'm going with this. 

I've been making bread for a long time, in fact I apparently impressed Adam with a homemade sundried tomato loaf about fourteen years ago on an early come-round-to-my-place-for-dinner-you-sexy-thing date. No recollection. *clears throat.* Oh well, desired effect and all that. 

Lately I got out of the habit. I didn't have the energy for all the kneading and although I love my breadmaker and use it often (most often for pizza dough), I don't like the hole in the bottom of the loaf out of the breadmaker (fussy?) and it smells good, but not as great as out of the oven.

Then I found THIS recipe. 

No kneading. I don't know why it works, but it does.

And it is EXCELLENT bread.


Can I convince you? 

Other than the obvious bits: choose your own flour (I admit I've yet to make a white loaf – we only eat wholemeal.) You know exactly what's in it. No preservatives. No sugar. No sweetener at all (doesn't need it – really, try it!) 

And oh my goodness your house will smell divine as it's baking.

And you don't need to knead it. Nope, don't know why it works. 

Am going to buy their 2nd book though as I reckon they're onto something. 

One more; this one loaf tin rather than free-form:


So pretty.

I really should get out, shouldn't I.


9 Comments on “once you start….

green ink
May 4, 2010 at 7:29 pm

No, stay in with bread 🙂

I make my own too – with help of breadmaker. Really want to make my own sourdough too, but have been put off by having to feed the starter every day and having to take it on holiday with me (so I’m told!), there is a reason I don’t have a child yet…. 😉 ha ha


May 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Wow, I feel like I’m looking in a mirror Fiona, or maybe we’ve been separated at birth 🙂

My case:

uncontrollable urges to ‘make stuff’ at all hours of the day and night

a desire to have too many little people running under foot

the need to make every single thing from scratch, if it kills us

and now the unhealthy obsession with bread making that refuses to die!

I look forward to sharing some recipes & other obsessions 🙂

Krista Bjorn
May 5, 2010 at 2:32 am

Sigh. Few things make me happier than pictures of gorgeous bread. 🙂 This is lovely! No kneading? I’m in!!!

May 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

Adam and I had a hearty giggle at the idea of taking sourdough starter on holidays. That’s priceless, thank you!

May 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I’ve been smitten with No knead bread by Jim Lahey…very good

May 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I feel your pain with the breadmaker. I’ve been making my own bread from the beginning of the year and have recently gotten fed up with the daily grind of measuring stuff into the breadmaker to make the dough. I’ve started the 5 min a day bread, however the bread is less “crumby” and more “gluey”. I used entirely wholemeal flour. Yours looks much more “crumby” and lovely. Any tips? In NZ I can’t seem to find unbleached flour. I wondered if using surebake yeast with bread improvers would help. Sorry, don’t mean to go on! 🙂

May 9, 2010 at 1:55 am

This really is a pretty piece of work. Beautiful bread! And I’m sure it tastes excellent as well.
I had to stop making homemade bread after a while because I’d eat practically the entire loaf and then feel sick and then want some more…
But yours looks so good!

Have a great Saturday!

May 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

ummmmmm…. yum. You may just be my hero for pointing me in the direction of this recipe. Do you add a seed mix to the dough or just sprinkle it on top???

May 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Just sprinkled it on top. Bread made with wholemeal flour, seed mix was poppy seeds, sesame seeds and oats (i.e. what was in the pantry!) I can’t fault this bread, I just can’t figure it out!! xxx


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