Breakfast banana bread smeared with honey, hunks of baguette paired with creamy French cheese and wine, and Italian ciabatta crust served with a drizzle of olive oil and used for mopping up that leftover Romana sauce – is it any wonder that we all have a crush on bread? Since the beginning of time, this humble concoction of yeast and flour has been a staple at the dinner table. Cheap, simple, versatile and always ready to fill a hole in your heart, this is the perfect time to get kneading. Making bread at home means fewer trips to the supermarket, a hot steaming loaf to greet the day, and all that pummeling dough is definitely therapeutic. To help get you started, here are the bake at home bread recipes we are loving right now….
Breakfast Banana Bread
Amazingly simple and a great way of using up those browning overripe bananas, it always helps to have a tin of banana bread at home for serving a slice with your morning coffee. This healthy banana bread recipe calls on wheat flour instead of refined white, skips the sugar, and instead turns to natural sweeteners like honey or maple, along with skipping the endless sticks of butter for a splash of oil. If you want to fancy it up even further you can add chopped walnuts, dried fruit, and scatter all your favorite seeds.
Can’t be bothered with the endless knead and rise cycle? Fear not, this doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy freshly baked pillowy bread. This No-Knead Bread recipe is startlingly simple. You make a lazy wet and shaggy dough by throwing all the ingredients in a bowl and let it sit at room temperature for around six hours while science does its work. Then, cook in a Dutch oven or oven-safe pot for thirty minutes. Voila, a rustic cob at the ready.
Courgette and Cheese Muffins
The perfect savory snack for bringing on a picnic, serving with dinner salad, or wanting to dip in a delightful fresh soup. These Courgette and Cheese Muffins call for a grated courgette and generous helping of hard Italian cheese like Grana Padano, not to mention a splash of milk and fistful of rocket. Superbly simple, and without the need to knead or mess around, every bite is sheer delight.
Warm Herby Flatbreads
Dip into tzatziki, smother with hummus and salad, dunk into soup and tear into salads, and even serve as a side dish to Indian curry – the flatbread is one of the most fabulous offerings. If you find yourself sensitive to yeast you can even swap out for a dash of baking powder and drizzle of oil and still get that plumped up pleasure. Keep it simple or add freshly chopped herbs and butter, a pinch of dried chilli flakes, and a twist of lemon.
Chewy, soft and stunning when paired with cream cheese, smoked salmon and a handful of capers – who doesn’t want to start their day with a homemade bagel? While bagels aren’t always the simplest slice to master, they are certainly worth the effort. This easy bagel recipe invites would be deli bakers to knead and tuck and shape into a beautiful bagel ready to be covered and left overnight before being simmered in boiling water and finally glazed and baked. Once you perfect the method you can add your own touch with sesame seeds chopped herbs, and of course the classic – cinnamon and raisins served with your morning macchiato.
Which beautiful bread recipes are making your mouth water? Share with us your favorite bakers techniques in the comments.