If by a miracle you arrive at the supermarket just as the shelves are being restocked, then head straight to the home baking aisle, pick up some flour and dried yeast, and try this recipe for delicious walnut bread.
If you can’t find any yeast, or would like a quicker loaf, then opt for our recipe to make tasty rosemary and raisin soda bread.
But the mouth-watering taste is worth the wait!
Preparation time: 15 minutes (plus two hours’ rising time)
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Makes: one large loaf
500 g/17 1/2 oz wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
20 g/3/4 oz dried yeast
40 g/11/2 oz butter, softened
60 ml/2 fl oz walnut or sunflower oil
300 ml/1/2 pint of water
150 g/5 oz walnut pieces
1. Put all the ingredients, except the walnuts, into a large bowl and then mix well with your hands for four minutes
2. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Using your fingers and the heel of your palm, knead the dough for five minutes
3. Put the dough back in the bowl and leave to rise for an hour
4. Lightly oil a baking tray
5. Break the walnuts into quarters and incorporate into the dough, shape into a ball and dust with flour
6. Place on the baking tray and leave to rise for an hour
7. Preheat the oven to 220 C / 425F / Gas mark 7
8. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross into the top of the dough, then bake the bread for 30 minutes until golden
9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool
10. Slice and serve or freeze