Monday, November 14, 2011

Flower Pot Bread

 This is soda bread baked in a flower pot. It has taken me a awhile to get it right. The first couple I made looked lovely but were not cooked in the middle. I have got it sorted now

You will need a 13cm unglazed terracotta pot and you have to temper it. It takes awhile but it only needs to be done once.

To temper Pot.
Give the pot a good wash in hot soapy water or put it in the dishwasher. Leave to dry overnight.
Brush the pot with tasteless vegetable oil all around the inside, especially around the lip.The pot is very absorbent so you will have to do this a couple of times until the oil stops being absorbed.
Put the pot on a foil- lined baking tray and place in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 200C, fan 180C, gas 6 and let the pot heat with the oven. When the oven reaches the  temperature turn it off and leave the pot there to cool down.
Your pot is now ready for use

To make the Bread.

Preheat the oven to 200C, fan 180C or gas 6
Oil the flower pot. I found it helped to put a strip of baking parchment into the pot as it helped cover the hole at the bottom.

450g plain white flour.
1 tsp cagter sugar.
pinch of salt.
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda.
350-400ml buttermilk

If you haven't got buttermilk add 1 tbsp of lemon juice to ordinary milk and leave it aside for 10 minutes.

Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl. and mix together.
Make a well in the centre and add most of the buttermilk, add more until you end up with a soft dough.
Turn out onto a  floured surface and  knead lightly.
Put into the flower pot it.
You can add a egg wash if you want to and sprinkel on seeds of your choice.

Place the flower pot on a baking sheet that has been lined with baking parchment and bake in the oven for
40-45 minutes or until golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Lovely with soup or a stew.

P.S.......I need a bit of help. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong with my photos. I edit them, rotate them to the right way up, save the chances but when I try to add them to the blog they revert back.


  1. Your bread looks wonderful, I've often wanted to try this, now I see how lovelythe bread is I may give it a go. I wish I could help re photos ,but I'm not sure what I'm doing my self!

  2. Oh they look wonderful. I have yet to make/bake bread in flowerpots.
    'Im sorry that i can't help you with the pictures. I've never encountered the problem.

  3. The bread looks fabulous - I will definitely try this.

    Don't know about the photo problem, will try and find out and will let you know what I discover.

  4. I had some pots that I used for baking ages ago, but they have been in a cupboard for years! Maybe I should take them out again. I don't remember using baking paper though, I think it is a good idea :-).

    Not sure about your photos, that really sounds strange! hope that someone will be able to answer you!


  5. A Trifle Rushed, The bread is so easy to make, it also works well in a loaf tin.

    Shareen. It would be lovely with some of the brillant soup and stews you post.

    Jennifer. Have a go, it good fun.

    Alessandra. The paper stops the dough leaking out the hole in the bottom of the pot and the bread getting stuck.

    Trust me to have the odd photos problem.

  6. Sorry that it's taken me so long to reply regarding your photo problem which hopefully will now be resolved. Unfortunately I haven't discovered anything except that I had a similar problem once and it was because I was rotating the photos whilst adding them to my blog post, they need to be rotated and saved before you get into posting and adding photos - if that makes sense? Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.