Lockdown loaf, baking bread without milk!

Lockdown loaf recipe – [yes that is now what we call it LOL] a loaf that does not need milk!

There are often some sounds, smells, tastes, songs that remind you of someone…Lockdown loaf is in memory of my Gran…..

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My Gran and me… she was always in her “pinny”…[apron]

When we saw what was happening at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic – we did what my Gran would have called is a “big shop” – oddly enough toilet rolls were not on the list – we obviously did not think that the situation was going to be as horrific as it is, as we only did what our normal “big shop” is to last us a couple of weeks.

To be honest neither of us is a big fan of food shopping in the big supermarkets, we do however like local small business shops!, so we usually do a “big shop” in the supermarkets as rarely as we can get away with it!

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Now as it will become apparent during our posts if you had not already grasped we are massive Coffee and tea drinkers and of course, we take milk …. And here, in the countryside of the on the island of Corfu, we do not get supermarkets delivering – so milk is actually pretty much the only thing we keep running out of for as a foodie family the freezer, cupboards are usually stocked with a variety of stuff which we are currently working our way through…

Now my Gran was a miners wife [My Grandad worked Coalville pits all his life from a kid to his death of lung cancer] so money was always tight and when I first used to go round to the house, they did not even have a fridge and things were kept cool in the “pantry” on a huge piece of local stone..

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Andy getting “Arty farty” with his photos!!!

Fresh milk was considered “posh” and the milk came in tall thin bottles with metal caps that were pasteurized within an inch of its life and to be honest tasted horrible LOL …. And even this was considered a bit of a luxury so Gran made her bread without milk and used water.

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Whizzing round in the Kenwood!

As you will see Andy is passionate about his cooking and bread is one of his favourite things to make, so with milk being a premium in this house now he is now making Gran’s bread and therefore why we now call it “Lockdown loaf”…..

So, if like us you cannot get hold of milk easily [ please note by the way the supermarkets here are well stocked but we need paperwork to go and also we are trying to keep isolated as much as we possibly can, so don’t want to go to the supermarket until we REALLY need to! ] then here is the recipe for you – also an added bonus – the bread is ready within an hour!

So, if wifey is desperate for some bread for brekkie – Hubby will from now on be making this recipe!! 😉

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You should have something like this!!!


  • 375g Plain flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 sachet instant yeast [7g]
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • We have also added such things as finely chopped sundried tomatoes, crushed herbs etc depending on what we had planned for the loaf.
  • Method –
  • Grease and flour a 1lb loaf tin – put to one side.
  • Mix the dry ingredients – then add the olive oil and warm water and if you have one, use the dough hook on your mixer [Gran would be shocked!] and mix for a few mins. Not too long – 5 at most! Or if you don’t have a mixer, get a quick workout and mix by hand!
  • If using the mixer, switch it off, collect the dough together and beat another 2 mins…If doing it by hand keep going!
  • Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and bring together quickly so you don’t over knead it. Form into a loaf shape.
  • Place it into the floured tin and leave in a warm place to rise for 30 mins. Put the oven on to heat up – 180C/355F
  • Just before you place it into the oven, gently make some slits along the top with a sharp knife – not too deep [see the final picture]. Place into the oven and bake for 25 mins.
  • To check if it is cooked – either use a probe thermometer that should read about 190-200 F [88-90C] or as Gran did carefully [as it will be hot] take the bread out of the tin and tap the bottom – it should sound hollow!!
  • Place on a wire rack to cool – although warm bread and melted butter [Gran would have had dripping not butter!] are too good to miss out on!! Enjoy!!!
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Finally – it never lasts long!!

Although there isn’t any milk in the bread it is still perfectly acceptable and tasty and well worth making…It is especially nice for grilled cheese toasties, eggy bread and just dipping into some kind of Hummus …

My Gran, in her “pinny and pearls” [the pearls were not real but she loved them!] – they made her feel “posh”


A blog following the Monro family through life and their food journey on the island of Corfu in Greece.

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