Not strictly a sweet recipe, but you can make it sweet by spreading jam on it as I have (Ha!), or by following my suggested alternatives at the bottom. With no yeast in this recipe, it’s really quick and easy to prepare.
WHAT YOU NEED:
2 cups strong whole wheat/wholemeal bread flour
1 cup plain white flour
1 generous tablespoon baking powder
2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
The original recipe used all whole wheat flour, but without the yeast I found it really too heavy; using one third white flour lightens it up a bit. If you do go for all whole wheat then add an extra half a cup of water too.
WHAT YOU DO:
1) Put the dry ingredients in a bowl. You should probably sieve the white flour, but I just give it all a good mix around with a balloon whisk.
2) Add the wet ingredients and mix it all in. I stick with the balloon whisk because the consistency stays more like a batter than a dough so you can.
3) Scrape it into a loaf tin. I use a silicone tin which doesn’t need any lining or anything, but you may need to line if you use a metal tin, dunno!
4) Bake for one hour at 180C/350F. The top will be hard and sound hollow when you knock on it.
How easy is that? An interesting thing happens though. I’ve made this lots of times, and every time I make it, one of the sides always erupts, so you get a really odd shaped loaf, and that’s the puzzle…
Don’t know why it does that, if you have any ideas let me know. It kind of looks like a mouth sticking its tongue out, I was inclined to put some eyes on it, but resisted. Is it something to do with using a silicone tin rather than a rigid one? Anyway, I don’t tend to make this for guests! The consistency is great though, crusty on the outside and soft in the middle, and totally bread-like. It’s quite dense and hearty so goes well with homemade vegetable soup (you probably won’t want the jam on it though!).
I’ve used this as a base recipe in the past to make:
Banana Bread – replace some of the water with mashed very ripe bananas, add raisins and cinnamon, and something more to sweeten it if you wish.
Chocolate Bread – replace some of the flour with cocoa powder, add sugar or another sweetener, plus chocolate chips.
Honey Nut Bread – add honey, reduce the water, and add a load of chopped nuts.
I’m afraid I don’t have specific quantities for you on the alternatives because I just judge it by eye, and by knowing what the final consistency of the batter should be like.
Do you make homemade bread at all, quick or otherwise?