Homemade Bread Day
17th November is
Home-made Bread Day
been making flatbreads since 10,000 BC and without doubt the
ancient Egyptians have been making leavened (raised) breads with yeast for 5,000
years. Bread in one form or another has been a staple in most
civilisations earning itself the title “staff of life”.
With all the wonderful types of bread readily available to purchase, making
a rare activity for many, especially with so many people working away from the
home all day. However the advent of bread-making machines has encouraged many
people to start making their own again, and they have become a popular
piece of equipment in modern kitchens. If you're thinking of buying one, make
sure to read our
Guide to Breadmakers
Even if you
don't have a breadmaker, we have lots of yeast based and flatbread recipes on the site
which don't require any special equipment. Visit our
Baked Fayre page where you'll find all the bread recipes you'll ever need.
Just to get you in the mood for making your own
below is one of the most
simple leavened bread recipes you will ever come across. And it's ready in just 40 minutes!
Enjoy Homemade Bread Day and Happy bread-making!
Foolproof Irish Soda
Veg HT CD CBF
Makes 2 x 20cm/8-inch round bread Cold
Vegetarian Vegan Accompaniment Bread Ireland Europe
225g/8oz Plain Flour
225g/8oz Wholemeal Flour
1 level teasp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 level teasp Cream of Tartar
1 level teasp Salt
300ml/10fl.oz. Buttermilk (approx)
1. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 6 and line a large baking tray with
2. Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl the rub in the margarine.
3. Add most of the buttermilk and mix to form a fairly soft dough, adding the
remaining buttermilk if necessary.
4. Turn onto a floured surface and
need for a few minutes until very smooth.
5. Divide the dough into two, form
each portion into a round flatish loaf, then make a fairly deep X cut in each.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Best eaten the day it is made.