Hands up if you got into baking bread this year? The COVID-19 pandemic has seen many of us housebound for long stretches and turned us into amateur bread makers.
For some, making our own bread was a one-off experience but for others, it's become a new way of life. You really can't beat that wonderful smell of a freshly-baked loaf first thing in the morning.
One of our favourite lockdown recipes was this no-yeast bread by TV chef Phil Vickery. The star cook shared his tips on This Morning and included the recipe on the website - it only takes 45 minutes to make and even Holly Willoughby is a fan.
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Holly also shared a picture of her gorgeous-looking loaf on Instagram, writing: "Wow... thank you @chefphilvickery I did it!! Kids can’t believe it... much fun had by everyone... now the best bit... yum! Xxx"
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Holly Willoughby is a fan of Phil's recipe
Phil Vickery's bread recipe
If you can’t find yeast, you can still make soda bread without; you just need to swap out the yeast for bicarbonate of soda, and you won’t need to wait for it to rise.
Ingredients for bread without yeast
600g strong white flour
1 level tsp salt
2 tbsp any oil
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda or 1 x 7g sachet dried yeast
300mls warm water, roughly
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1. Place the flour, salt and oil into a mixer and bring together.
2. Add the yeast (or bicarbonate of soda) and enough warm water to form a soft dough, mix well until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl and the gluten is now forming a stretchy dough.
3. Tip onto a floured surface and knead well for 5 minutes.
4. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with cling film and leave to double in size (no need to wait for it to rise if doing the no-yeast version).
5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220C Gas 7.
6. Remove the cling film and tip onto the floured surface again.
7. Now this time gently knead for a few seconds, just to bring together.
8. Form into a sausage shape roughly the length of a 2lb loaf tin, then fold the edges under. Pop into the 2lb loaf tin and press into the sides and bottom.
9. Recover with cling film and leave again to rise until just under double in size (unless no-yeast recipe). Dust the risen loaf with a little flour.
10. Make 3 long, diagonal slashes across the loaf and pop into the oven. Bake until well risen and browned, roughly 30 minutes.
11. Once cooked remove from the tin and leave to cool completely before trying to slice.
WATCH: Phil Vickery shares his bread-making tips
Of course, there is an even easier option; you can buy a bread-maker! These machines do all the work for you, so you can sit back and relax while you let the smells take over your home.
Bueuwe breadmaker, £111.11, Amazon
Auzzo breadmaker, £146.99, Amazon
QWEASD Automatic Bread Machine, £83.70, Amazon
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