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Porridge Bread

Cook Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: english
Keyword: Bread
Author: Jane Mason


  • 200 g Porridge oats I used Fruity Date porridge from Rude Health, London
  • Boiling water to cover
  • 300 g Whole wheat flour I used Stoate’s Flour, Cann Mills, Shaftesbury
  • 300 g White wheat flour I used Stoate’s Flour, Cann Mills, Shaftesbury
  • 6 g Dry yeast 3 g instant yeast/12 g fresh yeast
  • 12 g Salt
  • 250 g Water


The day (or several hours) before you want to bake

  • Cover porridge oats with boiling water and the salt. Stir, cover with clingfilm and leave until it has completely cooled.

To make the bread

  • Pour the flour in a bowl and make a well in it.
  • Sprinkle the yeast in the well and add 100 g warm water.
  • Go have a cup of coffee and relax for 15 minutes while the yeast proofs. It will form a beige sludge on the top.
  • Note: if you are using fresh or instant yeast, you do not need to do this, you can just put it in with all the ingredients and proceed directly to step 3.
  • Add in all the rest of the ingredients and knead well for 10 minutes. You may need to adjust the water (ie add more) if the dough is too dry. It will be very sticky and that is a good thing. Don’t be tempted to add more flour, just keep at it.
  • Scrape all the dough up and pop it back in the bowl. Cover with a tea towel or cling film and let it rest 1-2 hours on the counter until it has doubled in size.
  • Grease 2 big bread tins.
  • Flour the counter and gently pull the dough out. 
  • Divide the dough in two and stretch each blob gently into a rectangle about 2 cm thick and as wide as your bread tins. 
  • Fold up the rectangle as if you were folding a piece of A3 paper into thirds and then fold the whole thing over itself again (in half, long wise).  You should have a sausage for your tin.  Pop it in and do the other one. .
  • Cover with tea towels and let rest for 45 mins – 1 hour or until they have doubled in size. 
  • If you cannot be bothered with all the foldy stuff, just shape it as you will into a sausage and blob it into the tin.  It will be fine.
  • Pre heat oven to 200 and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from tins and cool completely.