Bread recipes with a difference

In the cooler months, there’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through the house. Here are some classic bake at home bread recipes that we hope everyone will enjoy.

Banana Bread

What You'll Need:

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

How to cook it:

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 175°C. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve. This will make one delicious loaf.

Preparation time is only 5 minutes but cooking time is an hour.

Soda bread

What You'll Need:

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 470ml sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional)

How to cook it:

Combine the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Then in a small bowl beat the eggs and stir in the sour cream. Add the egg and sour cream mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon. Batter will be very thick. Add the raisins and caraway seeds and stir well with wooden spoon or knead in with your hands.

Place batter in a greased 9 inch springform pan. Dust the top with enough flour so that you can pat the batter like a bread dough evenly in the pan without it sticking to your hands. With a knife make a shallow crisscross on the top. Bake for 50 minutes in a preheated 175ºC oven.

Preparation time is 20 minutes and cooking time is 50 minutes. Makes one loaf.

Naan bread

What You'll Need:

  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 170g Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

How to cook it:

Cut out 4 pieces of foil, each about 28 × 20 cm (11 × 8 in), and brush them with the oil. Sift the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Add the yogurt and stir until thoroughly mixed to make a fairly soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5–7 minutes or until smooth.

Preheat the grill to high. Cut the dough into quarters. On the lightly floured surface, roll out one portion into an elongated oval, about 25 cm (10 in) long and 18 cm (7 in) wide across the middle. Lay the bread oval on one of the prepared pieces of foil. Repeat with the remaining portions of dough.

Place a naan, on its foil, under the grill, about 15–20 cm (6–8 in) away from the heat if possible. Cook until the bread bubbles up and browns slightly in places – this takes about 2 minutes, but watch it constantly to ensure that it does not overcook.

Turn the naan and cook the second side for 1–2 minutes or until firm and browned in places. Wrap the cooked naan in a tea-towel to keep hot while grilling the remaining breads. Serve hot or warm.

Preparation time is 20 minutes and cooking time is only 4 minutes. Should serve approximately 4.