Buying bread at the supermarket is easy – but so is making your own

Lizzie the official taste tester

So ….. Got up this morning to a low food supply – we haven’t been shopping for 2 weeks since we did a rush job at Tesco, a quick fridge survey said we needed to sustain ourselves on some leftover carrots, celery, some cauliflower and half a browning cabbage! OH YUM!

So at 9.30am the decision was made that tonight’s tea would be…………you guessed it homemade vegetable soup. A forage in the freezer found no bread (we usually have a loaf in stock). So then the choice came, do we:

a) eat soup and soup alone

b) pop to Budgens and purchase whatever joyful offering they had


c) not be lazy and make some bread??

Option C come on down!

So here’s what we did and the results!


500 grams of plain flour

15 grams butter

2 tsp dried yeast

1 tsp sugar

1.5 tsp salt

300ml tepid water

Weigh out the flour and butter, rub in the fat until it resembles breadcrumbs, add the salt, sugar and yeast and stir. Make a well and add the water.

Bring together to form a dough and knead knead knead!

Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to prove……..

Do some jobs

Knead again, cover again, leave while you do more jobs

Shape and leave to prove again

Bake in a preheated oven (230c) for approx 15 mins and then reduce heat to 200c for a further 15 – 20 mins until bread is golden and sounds hollow when tapped!

‘A good bake’ Hollywood Paul, 2012

Eat with left over fridge vegetable soup


4 thoughts on “Buying bread at the supermarket is easy – but so is making your own

  1. Very impressed with your plait there missus! Ive always wanted to have a go at bread making, but I havent got a space big enough in the kitchen to knead it. Maybe one day when my kitchen is finished (Ive only been waiting 5 years with havle a kitchen) sign!

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