Easiest White Bread Ever

My daughter loves this bread and she doesn’t eat anything unless it’s coated in chocolate or filled with no nutrients, just sugar. It is so easy to make and is really good toasted too. I find most homemade breads crumble when you cut them. I always revert to plastic bread from the shop due to this, but I haven’t had that problem with this one 🙂 It is also still soft on the second day and toast-able after that 🙂

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp white sugar

1 packet of yeast

1 cup of warm (not hot) water

2 tbsp olive oil

Method:

Combine all dry ingredients with a spoon. Add the cup of warm water – I heat it beyond tepid but not so hot it kills the yeast. Add the oil and mix with a spoon until combined. Knead in the bowl (to make life and the clean up easier for yourself.) You don’t have to knead this bread for long – I find 5 minutes is usually enough. Set in a warm spot covered with a towel until doubled in size. Knock air out of it and put in a loaf tin – cover with towel and leave it to prove. When it has risen again, put in a preheated oven (180c.) Check it after 20 minutes and knock the top – if it sounds hollow it’s ready.

This bread has a brioche-type consistency so it is good with savoury toppings and also with anything you’d put on a croissant 🙂

Budget Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

The Easiest 10p Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

These cookies are so easy to make that it probably takes less effort than it would to go to the shop to buy a pack of them.

Preheat the oven to 160c. Grease a large baking tray. Actually, realistically, this will probably take two trays.

This makes a batch of 10 cookies for £1 (this price based on all value range items, excluding standard baking powder and free range eggs.)

By the way, I like to measure in cups because I’m not a fan of precise measurements in cooking and scales are annoying to use. I don’t use spoons when I’m cooking; I just throw stuff together and hope for the best. Generally it is edible.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • A Pinch of salt
  • One egg
  • Half a cup of chopped up white chocolate (half a value range bar)
  • Half a cup of chopped up dark chocolate

Mix the sugar and melted butter together slowly with a wooden spoon.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.

Add the sifted ingredients to the sugar and butter.

Chop up the chocolate into tiny cubes and add to the mixture.

Stir in an egg and combine with your hands.

Roll into balls that are about the size of golf balls. Place on trays and flatten them out with the palm of your hand.

Put in the oven for 15-20 minutes and take them out when they are as chewy/crunchy as you like.

I find the process of making these really therapeutic. My kids like helping too and it isn’t overly complicated so doesn’t result in disastrous spillages when they grab the bowl. They make the house smell amazing as well, like one of those cookie scented Yankee candles, except it is actually ok to eat them.