Baking your own bread is good for the soul.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted much here but that’s alright because it’s my blog and I’ll post when I want to .  To anyone who follows me on Twitter or knows me in person will be well aware that I love to cook, the way things work out in our house I cook most of the family meals. This isn’t because I’m any kind of special modern man but more to do with me being home before my other half for the most part.  For the last few months Carla my partner has being trying to cut sugar out of her diet and reduce the amount of processed food we eat. This isn’t a huge task for us as we cook pretty much everything from scratch, again this is not through some sort of made new age hippy ideals but we just find it as easier, not to mention cheaper and tastier. One thing we do eat regularly and has way more additives than you might think of is bread, even when you buy a crusty loaf that you’d think would be better for you than a sliced white pan it’s full of all sorts of additives. I’m no nutritional expert but I’m pretty sure I can do without the likes of  ,Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Acetyltartaric Esters of Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), E472e, Flour Treatment Agent. All commonly found in a comercial white sliced pan.

Now I’m no stranger to baking bread, it’s just some times I’m more motivated than others to actually do it. Carla’s quest to avoid sugar was just the bump I needed to get my arse in gear and back to bread baking. Here is an example of the some of my baking over the last few weeks.

Classic English Boomer
Classic English Boomer


Classic Irish Soda Bread
Classic Irish Soda Bread
Soda Bread & White Loaf
Soda Bread & White Loaf


Light Brioche Burger Buns
Light Brioche Burger Buns fresh from oven
Burger buns mid first prove
Burger buns mid first prove on a cold day
Home Made Pizza dough
Home made pizza, base cooked to perfection.
Platted bread Loaf
Platted bread Loaf
Selection of breads
A batch of bread and rolls I made on Sunday to do use for most of the Week

There you have it that’s some of the stuff I’ve baked and eaten over that last few weeks, of course I’m made bias but the taste is even better than you can imagine! I love a thick floury crusted bread with real butter on it. For me at least there is something about baking your own bread is good for the soul, it’s cheap, it’s easy and tastes savage. I will at some stage get around to doing a recipe or two but chances are if you are reading this you can Google a recipe as well, if you do I’d love to see your results. In case you think you can’t or need some fancy mixer etc I only have a couple of large bowls and a really crap oven.  Tweet me a photo @adrianshanahan .Out of all the breads above I’m not sure what my favorite is, they all have their own  merits.

I have to give credit to Sharon Ní Chonchui aka @sharondingle who re inspired me to get back to baking a couple of years ago after reading her blog.  Also a wee tip of the hat to Paul Hollywood of  The Great Brittish Bake off fame who’s new tv program as gotten me to challenge myself to be more ambitious in my baking.


Adrian Shanahan Written by:

Irish Man, Family Man, Shite talker, Kayaker, Blogger, Baker, Philanthropist, Maker of things.

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