Feeling lazy? Victoria Allcoat has got the bread for you!

This is a wonderfully simple recipe, and I’m sharing it for those of you that want desperately to make bread but are completely intimidated by yeast. Fear not, bicarbonate of soda is your saviour! The raising agent in this recipe is not yeast, but humble bicarb.

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– 200g strong white bread flour (any kind of flour will do, I just happened to have some of this knocking about)

– 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (or for all you Americans out there “baking soda”)

– 2 tsps lemon juice

– 200ml of milk

– 1 apple (preferably cooking variety)



1. Preheat the oven to 180c and grease and flour a loaf tin

2. Mix your milk and lemon juice together, leave it to one side – and don’t worry: the funkier looking it gets the better


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3. Mix the flour and bicarb together in a large bowl

4. Grate the apple over the flour mixture

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5. Mix in the apple

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6. Now return to your milky mixture and pour it all over the flour, stir to combine thoroughly

7. The end mix should look more like batter, and be more pourable than dough-like, don’t be tempted to add more flour, or attempt to knead the mixture (this just won’t end well!)

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8. Pour the mix into the tin and bake for 40 minutes

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9. Slice up, butter and enjoy!

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Victoria Allcoat

Photo credits: Victoria Allcoat