Wholemeal loaf using stoneground flour:
Cost at home: 13p per 100g including oven costs. Cost in Supermarket: 19p/100g.
Pittas using good quality flour:
Cost at home: 7p per 100g. Cost in supermarket 19p per 100g.
The supermarket costs are from Tesco's website on 10th Feb 2013. There are cheaper loaves on Tesco's shelves - this is an attempt to compare like for like.
Although we sometimes use spelt flour which some coeliacs can tolerate, the classes are not aimed at those with specific dietary requirements.
Also, since we are working in a domestic kitchen our environment is not nut free. In the recipes where I normally use dairy products there are alternatives given for vegans.
We use mainly but not exclusively organic flours, for instance the oatmeal we use is from Hogarth's mill in Kelso; wonderful meal from local oats, but not organic. The flours are mostly from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire or Bacheldre Mill in Powis
The butter and milk are always organic. For tins, trays, breadforms and all other baking paraphenalia look on Bakery Bits.
A wonderful platted bread to share of a morning and it's fun to make, child's play.
Fresh crispy home made croissant are unbeatable. Helpful diagrams
Not for everyday, but delicious now and then.
They don't last long but then they don't need to. Delicious more or less straight out of the oven. The trick is to use a really wet dough but not so wet you can't handle it once it is proved. The moist dough is what develops these lovely holes you fill with butter/jam etc.
Pane di Como
A great crust on a light sweet bread full of holes.
Light lemon scented bread with a lovely yellow crumb. Great for breakfast but it doesn't keep. So just eat it.
Hot Cross Buns
Lots of orange zest, ground ginger, cinnamon & nutmeg make these really tasty. I think they are even better next day, toasted.
This is good wholesome stuff but not heavy. With a long fermentation it is easier to digest and tastier.
A simple white loaf
Not everyone likes brown or wholemeal bread, and some foods call for a lighter texture and taste than wholemeal so knowing how to bake a good white loaf is important.
A big, crusty white bloomer
Great sandwich loaf or good in the centre of the table to eat with anything that needs mopped up!.
A small white loaf to use as a soup/stew bowl
Use the full quantity of dough in the recipe to make 3 soup bowls. No they don't leak, even when you have second helpings.
Fun to shape and bake but healthier than a cupcake! Use one batch of roll dough for 12 mice.
Sweet Sourdough Cob
This is a sourdough made with a little honey - a soft crumb but a chewy crust and wonderful flavour.
Crusty white Sourdough
This is a simple sourdough almost all white flour - with a manageable dough.
Instant food with a really distinctive taste. This is what to bake if you have too much starter.
Notes on Sourdough Starters
Yet another attempt to demistify starters - just do it!.
a light creamy coloured bread. Because of the butter and syrup in this bread it toasts quickly to a lovely golden brown. Ideal breakfast bread, fresh or toasted.
Quick and easy, with lots of flavourings possible. These are to be eaten immediately, not the type of breadsticks to keep in a tin.
A bit of fun with the dough to make breadsticks which look like snowdrops but fortuneately don't taste like them.The snowdrop breadstick on the recipe page has a passing resemblance to a triffid but they seem harmless so far.
A good bread to have with a salad - not too heavy but with a flavour to compliment the greens.
Anster whey bread
The taste is difficult to describe. It is a little bit cheesy, very defineatly a savoury bread not suitable for jams/honey or anything sweet. It isn't always possible for me to get whey so on any course this is "if possible"
Rolls for breakfast
Honest stuff, 50/50 wholemeal and strong white flour, but the flour permutations are endless till you arrive at your perfect buttie.
Delicious little rolls made with olive oil dough. The dough takes a while to prove but the shaping and firing are quick
Another olive oil dough but with a little more liquid so very soft to work with. Very easy and very quick but I haven't mastered whirling it round my head yet.
Pittas with onion seeds
Quick, easy, cheap, tasty bread to eat with stews, curries, dips and so on.If you don't like onion seeds use toasted sesame seeds.
Great with soups. Proving takes a while but it's worth it.
Focaccia is a meal in itself traditionally garnished with olives and sprigs of rosemary, but very adaptable - lashings of olive oil is mandatory though.
This is a sweet, moist nutty tasting loaf with sultanas.
A sort of yeasted oatmeal and white flour crepe, unique and delicious. Good with sweet and savoury fillings.
Walnuts, honey and good wholemeal flour make this as near cake as good bread can get! Wonderful on its own or with a dod of cheese.
Freuchie Soda Bread
My version is baked in a tin rather than as a farl on a griddle. Good fresh or toasted. Yummy with strawberry jam. (but then most things are, I suppose)
Good anytime, anywhere with anything. Easy to make, keep well, cheap to make. Sounds like a Hogwarts recipe to me!
Cheesey Chili oatcakes
Choose your chili carefully, not scotch bonnets! The idea is to give just a bit of chili warmth under the taste of cheese
The oatmeal gives a lovely nutty taste (well oatmealy really). There is no wheat in this recipe, but still a small amount of gluten.
A mixture of rolled oats, medium oatmeal and crushed hazelnuts make for a good crunch, then there's the syrup, sugar and butter to make them iresistable.
Shortbread made simply, with good butter and baked slowly is a delicious treat. There are variations in flours and shapes given in this recipe.
So quick, 30 minutes from thinking about it to eating it. Good coarse wholemeal is the secret, that and speed.
Fruit & nut scones
Just as quick and just as easy. Walnuts or sultanas are good additions. These are good with jam or just butter.
There's a recipe here but this is really free form. These are the easiest things to bake, quick and plenty opportunity to use your imagination: morello cherries, walnuts, lime, ginger …
Traditionally made for Mothering Sunday. There's a heap of marzipan in here - make your own it is quick (seconds!), easy and delicious.
Yeasted Simnel Cake
Traditionally made for Mothering Sunday. This is a sweet bread with marzipan in the middle, more substantial than the unyeasted version. Real comfort food.
St Lucia Saffron Buns
Thes buns are a traditional Swedish bread to celebrate St.Lucia's day on 13th December. They are not over sweet which at Christmas time is a bit of a relief.
Really one of these things where homemade beats shop-bought by a mile.
This is delicious and looks so colourful and appetising. A good plum variation in the autumn when plums are plentiful.
The filling for this roulade is a mixture of soaked poppy seeds, mixed peel, ground almond and butter. The sweetened bread, rich filling and sharp icing combine beautifully. Go on, have another slice…..