Eek, found a few recipes missing from meal plan 2!
When I was making this up, I felt very clever that I had come up with a new variation of Jack Monroe’s loaves using carrot and raisins, which is what I had available for week two. Then realised that not only had Jack done one with carrot, sultana and pineapple, but Cheap Family Recipes had also done one as well, sigh. Oh well, great minds and all that. The bottom line is that if you take 250g flour, some yeast and water, you can add many, many different things to it and get a lovely loaf, with 4 portions, to use for any meal
Ideas, as ever, at the bottom
100g carrots, grated Asda 2kg/£1.18, 6p
50g raisins, 500g/84p, 8p
250g flour, 45p/1.5kg, 3p
7g yeast, 28p/2x7g sachets, 14p
160-180ml warm water
try and use raisins rather than other dried fruit as raisins give you a portion of ‘purple’, which is the hardest one to get into your day
if you can afford to get a little tub of yeast rather than 2 sachets, do that as it is a quarter of the price
you can use any type of flour here, as long as it has gluten in it. Bread flour will give a higher rise and a springier finish, cheapy flour gives a perfectly fine loaf. I have used both
Bung everything in a bowl and mix until you get a soft dough. The water is variable as flours vary, some need more, some less, you are aiming at a fairly soft mix, this gives the yeast a chance to do its job. Give it a good knead for 5 minutes or so, by hand or machine.
Cover and leave to rise for half an hour in a warm place. Knock it back by giving it a good bashing and put in a well greased loaf tin, a small one, about 1lb. Cover again, and leave for another half an hour.
During the last 10 minutes, pre-heat the oven to 180C and cook for, yes, half an hour. The bottom should sound hollow, if it doesn’t, pop it back in the oven for a few minutes, You can leave it out of the tin at this point.
If you are following meal planner 2, this loaf divides into 4x2slice portions, to be eaten on 2 different days. If you aren’t following the planner, do what you like! Even more delicious eaten warm from the oven with butter melting over it
If you have any thyme growing on your windowsill, a few sprigs would give a lovely flavour, or maybe some bayleaves, keep them whole tho, you can’t really eat them, unless you use the ground version. Some fine chopped rosemary would work well. Or how about some orange or lemon zest and juice. You could add some spice, maybe some ginger, or mixed spice, cinnamon or a bit of nutmeg.
You could replace the carrots and raisins with courgette and apple, or sweet potato and sultanas. Have a look in your cupboard and see what you have.