Cooking on a budget – Easy Bread

Following on from some of our Outreach I promised to post my recipe for easy bread……

This is started the night before and baked in the morning. I first started making bread this way when I was living full time on a narrowboat without easy access to shops (or freshly baked bread !) It doesn’t involve any kneading and costs less than shop bought bread. It also only lasts a day or so but I found the amount this makes is normally enough for two people to eat in a day 😉


2 cups Strong Bread Flour
1 teaspoon dried yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Approx 2/3 cup of water


1.Mix all the ingredients in a bowl (I used to use a casserole dish because I didn’t have a bowl….)
2. Cover and leave over night
3. Knock the air out of it, tip on to a floured board and roughly knead in to the shape you want it.
4. Leave it to rise while you have breakfast
5. Bake in an oven (about 180C or Gas Mark 6) until it looks cooked and the bottom sounds hollow when you tap it (20 – 35 mins).

This gives you a fairly rustic loaf. You can also shape it into rolls, add any seeds that you want either in with the mix or on top. I’ve also made it adding in sun dried tomatoes and olives or any other herbs that you have. Don’t be scared of experimenting with it !

Cooking on a budget – Easy Bread
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