Bread really is very easy to make, unless it is sourdough which takes a couple of days. I had been regularly making sourdough after a friend gave me some of his starter, but during the $50 grocery challenge I decided to make a regular loaf. I’d forgotten just how straighforward it is. Here’s my recipe:


1 sachet of dried yeast

1 ts sugar

1 1/2 cups warm water

1 ts salt

1 1/2 cups oats

2 cups flour


Activate yeast by combining it with sugar and warm water. Leave for a few minutes until frothy. Stir in salt, then oats and flour. Mix with a wooden spoon then turn out on to a floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes or so until it springs back to a light touch. Add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with a damp tea towel, leaving in a warm spot to rise. Depending on the temperature this may be a few hours. Turn dough back out onto a floured surface and punch down. Knead again for a few minutes, then shape into a loaf, and transfer to a lined loaf tin. Allow to rise for an hour or 2, then bake at 190 – 200C for about 1 hour. (My oven is very hot so I cook mine on 190.) The bread is cooked when it sounds hollow when you knock on the base.











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