Sunday, August 19The Voice of London

Homemade Bread- The Perfect Recipes

It seems like though there is a day for anything and everything. While we  did not get a chance to talk about the British Pudding Day, which was last week, we wanted to get in on the Homemade Bread Day. Here are some of the top recipes that are not only a great way to make sure there are only pure ingredients in your loaf, but spending a day in your lovely kitchen while making a wholesome loaf of bread can also relive the stress.

Words: Lyubomira Ivanova, Subeditor: Toni Hart 

While there might be many different types of breads that vary across country and region, this time we decided to be traditionalists and to focus mainly on the UK cuisine. While the Greek pita or the Italian paratha might be crème-de-la-crème, the UK has something to offer as well. So here is the list of some of the best recipes taken from UK chefs.

Homemade Bread, Photo Source: Tumblr
Homemade Bread, Photo Source: Tumblr

First thing first, the most basic ingredients you need before choosing any of those recipes are simply flour, water and salt which should be mixed together and left for a couple of hours (in some cases days) to ferment so that you can form a starter. Then you need to feed the starter with fresh flour, to keep it alive and fresh.

For the lazy ones who don’t have that much time to waste, we suggest adding one more ingredient; yeast (dried or fresh). The main reason it turns the days into hours is simply because it quickens the fermentation process and you can have bread within couple of hours.

As we said the ways to make bread are various and before we move on to the recipes here is one final piece of advice; don’t slice the bread before it has sufficiently cooled down. Slicing it while it is still burning will only result in rendering the loaf, which will make it dry and unpleasant. So give it a bit of time.

“You can’t beat freshly baked bread – crack this super simple bread recipe and conquer any loaf! ”, Jamie Oliveronce said. Inspired by his quote, we chose one of his recipes for homemade bread.

The method for making it is quite long to explain. Instead that’s the link to Jamie’s website. 

So here are the ingredients for Jamie’s bread:

  • 1 kg strong bread flour
  • 625 ml tepid water
  • X3 7 g sachets of dried yeast , or 30g fresh yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 level tablespoon fine sea salt
  • flour, for dusting

The second recipe is inspired by the infamous Paul Hollywood, who nailed exactly it at The Great British Bake Off. As he said, once you know a basic recipe, it is quite easy to experiment after a while. And baking might take some time, but as Paul confirmed it is not difficult at all.

Loaf of Bread, Photo Source: Tumblr
Loaf of Bread, Photo Source: Tumblr

The ingredients for Paul’s crusty cob loaf are as follows:

  • 500g/1lb 1oz strong white bread flour, plus a little extra flour for finishing
  • 40g/1½oz soft butter
  • 12g/2 sachets fast action dried yeast
  • 10g/2tsp salt
  • About 300ml tepid water (warm not cold – about body temperature)
  • A little olive or sunflower oil
  • Additional cold water, for creating steam in the oven

Here you can find the method.

The last recipe is inspired by Gordon Ramsay and it is slightly different than the other two.

Beer Bread, Photo Source: Tumblr
Beer Bread, Photo Source: Tumblr

It differentiates in one simple ingredient Ramsay added, namely lager or simply any kind of beer. If you wonder how that works check the ingredients for that amazing beer bread:

  • Butter, for greasing
  • 175g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 75g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • ½ tbsp flaked sea salt, e.g. Maldon
  • 250ml beer or lager
  • 1–2 tbsp milk

The method of making it has its uniqueness as well.