This is a wonderful and simple recipe to make with your kids or if you’re having people over and want to impress them with homemade bread!
Now that I have mastered the most basic version of this bread, I will be experimenting with different flavours. I’m thinking roasted garlic and rosemary bread, mixed herb and olive bread, and maybe even a walnut and orange bread…. The possibilities are endless…..
I LOVE playing and experimenting with food. I actually enjoy complicated recipes with lots of steps and ingredients because I find the whole process incredibly cathartic and relaxing. There is nothing I enjoy more than pouring a glass of red wine on a Sunday afternoon and spending hours preparing dinner for my family. New ingredients really excite me. Trying flavour combinations I never would have thought of without reading about it is incredibly rewarding for me.
Having said that, there are many days when I really do appreciate simple, no fuss recipes that I KNOW are going to be good. THIS is one of those recipes. I am almost embarrassed to say that despite over 20 years of professional cooking experience I had never made a proper loaf of bread! I’ve made rolls, tortillas, pizza dough and popovers but I had never bothered with bread. Until now.
I go through phases where I get really curious and excited about a certain food. I had a few months where I played with making all sorts of energy bars. I got really into Mexican cuisine and different dried chili peppers for a while. I had a lot of fun with Indian spice combinations for a few weeks…. My latest obsession is making bread. It all started with the below SUPER quick and easy recipe. I love this recipe because it doesn’t even use yeast or sugar! You don’t need to let the bread rest or rise. You just mix the ingredients and bake!
The result is a dense, slightly chewy, tangy bread that is amazing right out of the oven slathered with some herb butter or sliced and toasted to go with, well, anything. There’s something incredibly satisfying about eating/serving bread you make yourself.
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup cold, unsalted butter (cubed, or I like to shred mine into the dough using a cheese grater!)
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Sprinkle a baking sheet with flour.
- Combine flours, baking soda and salt in bowl.
- Work cold butter into flour until it resembles course breadcrumbs (I use a cheese grater to grate frozen butter into the flour).
- Make a well in centre of flour mixture and pour in buttermilk.
- Stir into the dough with your hands just until everything is combined. DO NOT over-mix.
- Transfer dough onto floured baking sheet and shape into a loaf about 6″ wide.
- Using a sharp knife, cut a cross into its top about 1/2″ deep.
- Bake in centre of oven for 40 minutes.
- Transfer to wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.