Caught the baking bug? Branch out beyond sourdough with these lovely loaves.

So you’ve mastered sourdough – now what? Enthusiasm for bread-making in the first lockdown reached fever pitch this time last year, with social media feeds awash with starters, bannetons, talk of hydration percentage and ever more elaborate scoring marks atop artisan loaves. Twelve months on and enthusiasm for home baking doesn’t seem to be waning (although if we never bake another banana bread it may be too soon). If you want to up your #bakingbraggingrights, here are nine recipes to try in 2021, hailing from Japan to Ireland, Italy to Mexico. We have a world of carby delight just waiting for you to master.

Soda Farls


BBC GoodFood


If you’re looking for more instant gratification when it comes to your bread making, these Soda Farls require just five store-cupboard ingredients and eight quick minutes in the making – with zero proving time. Perfect for homemade breakfasts when the bread bin is empty.

Fig and Serrano Picnic Bread


BBC GoodFood


A great one to try out once we can meet with friends and family again in spring, this picnic bread uses a ready-to-bake bread mix for speed and ease, topped with the perfect mix of salty serrano ham and sweet sticky figs. Once ready to devour, smother with a salty, soft goat’s cheese for a meal in one mouthful.

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls


Minimalist Baker


Forget banana bread – cinnamon rolls have become the latest ‘must bake’ in lockdown 3. This vegan-friendly recipe from the Minimalist Baker promises a no faff method with just seven ingredients, which will fill your house with sweet, fragrant aromas as it bakes for cosy weekend treats. As a final step drizzle with (dairy-free) cream cheese frosting and share. Whether that’s with your family or your followers, you decide.

Hot Cross Buns


Nigella


A seasonal bake to master, the hot-cross bun is worth getting to grips with as the homemade version is leaps and bounds beyond anything you can pick up in the supermarket when it comes to taste and texture. Nigella’s recipe is easy to follow and while it may take patience in the rise, the results are worth the wait. All that’s left to decide is how to devour yours: warm from the oven or toasted with butter?

Cornbread


Delicious Magazine


A rich, cheesy cornbread is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, as well as perfect for serving up to ‘tear and share’ while accompanying homemade chillis or fragrant Mexican salads. It can also be used as a toothsome vehicle for dips and salsas when we begin to entertain again.

Japanese Milk Rolls


Delicious Magazine


An enriched dough, yet not as sweet as a brioche, these Japanese milk rolls feel satisfyingly comforting as a breakfast bread dipped in a hot drink, or smothered in homemade conserves. Little clouds of carby comfort.

Bagels


Olive Magazine


You’d be forgiven for thinking, is this really worth the hassle? While bagel baking is a little tricky to master, and the boiling stages do take a bit of getting used to, once mastered the chewy, pillowy results will win you some serious family brownie points in packed lunch boxes and beyond.

Apricot Breakfast Bread


Olive Magazine


Missing those fancy hotel breakfast pastries? This glazed apricot breakfast bread has a Danish vibe, with fresh apricots, sweet cinnamon glaze and nutty toasted almonds scattered on top. Best eaten warm from the oven for a luxury getaway-worthy weekend brunch bake.

Dill And Sea Salt Flatbreads


Delicious Magazine


A great recipe to get familiar with and then start experimenting with your own combination of fresh herbs or spices. The original dill and sea salt combination makes the perfect canvas for the smoked fish – or why not try switching for fragrant Za’atar and pair with dips such as houmous or baba ganoush?

By Lydia Mansi
March 2021

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