Liven up your loaf with our How to Make Bread in Ninety Minutes guide.

The ‘normal’ way to make bread takes a good few hours but this recipe makes delicious bread in 90 minutes from start to finish!

There’s nothing quite like having home made bread with your soup, for toast, or just warm from the oven slavered in butter—but all that kneading and proving and kneading, well who can be bothered??  This quick and simple recipe will provide a crusty, fairly dense loaf in just and hour and a half, and the bonus? There’s no need to knead!

How to Make Bread in Ninety Minutes

You’ll need..

  • Flour — 3 cups/1 lb/ 450g
  • Dried yeast – 1 teaspoon
  • Warm water – 350 ml in total
  • Honey or sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Loaf or cake tin
  • Optional extras

A word on the ingredients

I’ve used normal white flour (un) as well as wholemeal (kepekli un) and a mix of the two.  All work fine.  I don’t think self raising would be any good but I’ve not tried it so who knows?

I’ve only tried dried yeast (maya) which is available in all supermarkets.  You can get fresh yeast too in the chilled cabinet of Bim and A101 but  I’ve not tried it so am not sure how much you’d need to use.

Dried yeast lasts well and is always ready when you need it so I’d stick to that. The one in the picture is a 10g / 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) packet so it’ll do for 3 loaves.

I use honey for the sugar, but if I didn’t have any I’d try sugar.  Muscovado would be a good choice if you can get it, but I doubt the yeast cares very much what you put in as long as it’s sweet!

How to Make Bread in Ninety Minutes – Steps

Put 50 ml of warm water into a glass, sprinkle in the yeast, stir and leave for a few minutes.  Use this time to get out your bag of flour, salt pot, sieve, mixing bowl, bread tin and the honey.  Now stir in a teaspoon of honey to the yeast mix and leave for 10 minutes to bubble up.

Measure out the flour and sieve this into the mixing bowl, add a teaspoon of salt as you sieve.  Make a little well in the middle.  Lightly oil or grease your loaf tin.

Measure out the rest of the water (300 ml) and put next to the bowl.  Now you have a few minutes left you can consider if you want to liven up your loaf!  There are a few ideas in the optional extras list.

If you are going to embellish – get that ready while you’re waiting on the yeast, and lightly mix into the flour, remaking your well after.

The yeast should be fit by now, so pour it into the well and start to mix into the flour, as it gets difficult add the rest of the warm water.  Mix it all up, for about a minute until all the flour is mixed in and it’s a nice sticky doughy mess.

Wait for It

Transfer the dough to the tin, even it out as much as you can, cover with a damp tea-towel or bit of cling film and leave it in a warm place to prove for 30 minutes.

After 20 minutes, turn on the oven to 200C / 400F / Gas Mark 6 so that it will be up to temp when the 30 mins are up.

When ready, remove the cover and cook in the oven for 40 minutes.

Voila! Leave to cool on a wire rack, (or crossways across the top of the tin if you don’t have a rack) and when you can stand it no longer start scoffing!

The recipe can be scaled up – the one in the picture is double quantities and cooked in a large round cake tin, and had walnuts in it.  You can make a number of smaller loaves or one bigger loaf.

Make Bread in Ninety Minutes – Optional Extras

If you want to liven your loaf, try the following or dream up your own..

  • crushed up walnuts
  • fried off sucuk pieces (dried of all the grease)
  • fried onion bits
  • chopped up olives and sun dried tomatoes
  • herbs
  • grated hard cheese (like parmesan)