#JanuaryJoy – Your Daily Bread

Of all the possible things you could bake, bread has to be the one that gives the greatest sense of wellbeing, hence its inclusion on this #JanuaryJoy list. Deemed by many to be tricky, or hard work, this is the easiest wholemeal bread recipe I could find and as it doesn’t require knocking back or kneading, it’s also the quickest, needing only one rise before baking. Bread does require a little planning in that sense, but if you wanted fresh bread in the morning, this could always be left overnight to rise, then baked. Personally, I think it’s best saved for a weekend lunch or brunch and is a surefire way to impress even those you usually find hardest to please. 😉

Quick, Easy, Wholemeal loaf – Delia Smith
Fills 2 x 1lb loaf tins or makes a large round loaf.
570g Wholewheat flour
2 Teaspoons of Salt
1 Teaspoon of soft light brown sugar
2 teaspoons easy blend dried yeast (usually 1 sachet)
400ml hand-hot water.

  • Warm the flour on a low temperature in your oven.
  • Thoroughly mix in the yeast, sugar and salt.
  • Make a well and add the water then mix to form a dough. You may need extra water as you should end up with a clean (or almost) clean bowl. Use more water as required.
  • Form a round and leave in a warm place for an hour to rise.

  • Press some oats into the top for decor and cut a 1-2cm deep cross in the top of the dough.
  • Bake for 40 minutes (until hollow sounding when the base is knocked,) at 200 degrees centigrade.


I enjoyed making bread again so much that I might make this a monthly feature, with a different bread recipe each time… what do you think?

Do you or have you made bread? If not, will you be trying this one as an easy introduction?


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21 thoughts on “#JanuaryJoy – Your Daily Bread

  1. I love making bread… but the kneading it is the BEST part! Gets out all your frustrations and feels so good! I would love a montly bread recipe plllease! xxx

    • Totally agree but I chose a non-knead recipe because I took these pictures after the light failed last night and I needed (ha ha) better light to demonstrate the kneading! Plus it’s a great introduction to those who are scared of kneading 😉

      Next time!

      • Completely understood why you chose this!!

        I have to confess I am terrified of “starter” and having to feed an evil bowl of yeastiness in the fridge, if it isn’t pour in instant yeast it’s too complicated… But I want that baguette-y flavour… any tips anyone?

  2. Yes, I love baking bread! I find the kneading quite therapeutic but this recipe looks a great quick one to try. I would love a monthly feature and can definitely recommend ‘Dough’ by Richard Bertinet as a great book to use- it includes an introduction about all the ‘extras’ in shop bought bread which can be quite worrying given that you can make bread with just flour, water, salt and yeast!

    I’ve really enjoyed JanuaryJoy- thanks Rebecca 🙂

  3. Oh I will definitely be trying. For the January Joy prompt I am sharing the recipe for “Rosca de Reyes” or King’s cake, a traditional mexican holiday bread, somewhat similar to panettone. All you need is your hands and some simple ingredients.
    And you are right, baking bread is so satisfying. And simple (you just need the time, but like you say, you can leave the little yeast organisms to do their work over night or during the day and then bam, magic! )

  4. I bake bread instead of buying it – it works out at roughly half the price and tastes miles better too! Yes please to monthly bread recipes 🙂

  5. I love baking but have always been a bit scared of bread. I will give this a go though and would definitely be interested in reading a monthly post on bread! 🙂

  6. I love baking Lorraine Pascale’s rosemary and sea salt foccacia. Super easy, and really tasty. I’m going to try that Delia one out though, thank you, and there was a soda bread one in this months Asda food magazine, too. The house is going to smell amazing, assuming it doesn’t all go horrendously wrong!

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  8. Definitely more bread recipes please! The amount I give to my local bakery, I’m sure I’d get more satisfaction doing it myself. Will absolutely try this one. Wholemeal toast and marmalade. Delicious!

  9. My husband does all the bread making in our house, he loves it. He’s even culturing sourdough in our pantry ( I’m purely a cake baker and willing test subject!). We got the Paul Hollywood-Bake book for Christmas and it’s fab!! Everything we’ve tried has been delicious! Apparently he has a new one coming out, with a tv series as well!! Can’t wait!! 😀

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