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Bread and Ginger Loaf

The ginger syrup loaf is SO good! 

The instant oat cereal is there for those following the monthly plan fully. The cereal has added calcium which is needed if this plan is all you are having during the month

See the post on general bread making for lots of tips and ideas 


ginger syrup loaf


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bread and a spicy ginger loaf

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Prep Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Servings: 80 slices from 5 loaves
Cost per portion 34p per loaf
Calories: 100kcal


  • kg white flour strong, bread flour
  • 250 g flour self raising
  • 250 g oats instant oat cereal
  • 15 g yeast
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • pts very warm water
  • oil to grease tins

Ginger Syrup Loaf Extras

  • 140 g sugar
  • 50 g root ginger
  • 1 tsp garam masala


  • Warm 1.5 kg of white bread flour, with the self-raising flour and instant oat cereal in the oven on gas 1 in a large metal pan first.
    flour warming in the oven
  • Activate 15g yeast according to instructions on packet. If your packet does not specify, activate by mixing the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a small cup of hand-hot water, leaving it until it forms a foamy head as is shown in the picture.
    yeast proving in a jug
  • The water temperature should be between 105° F. and 115° F. Use an instant read thermometer if you have one, if not, test the water against the inside of your wrist by holding it under the tap it should feel very warm but not hot.
  • Add salt to the warmed flour.
  • Add about 2½ warm water (including the water in which you activated the yeast), gradually until you get a not too slippy dough.
  • Mix by hand, or with a spoon. No need to knead.
  • Put a fifth of the dough into each of 4 of your 5 greased or lined loaf tins. Silicone loaf tins are great if you have these already.
  • Add the ginger, sugar and garam masala, to the remaining fifth of the dough and mix well.
  • Put this mixture into your 5th greased tin. You can use a 10 inch round cake tin, or pyrex dish if you don't have a fifth loaf tin. Leave in a warm place to rise for 40 ish mins til dough peeks about 1 cm above the top of the tin. (The ginger loaf may not rise as much as the others, don't worry, just pop it in when the others are ready!
  • Bake for 25 mins on gas mark 6, or until browned on top and sounds hollow when tapped with a knuckle.


NB if you are cooking fewer than 5 loaves (4 plain, and a sweet one), always use at least 10g yeast even if you reduce all the other quantities.
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Nutrition Facts
bread and a spicy ginger loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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