In the current pandemic, many of us are experiencing disruption to our normal lives. Whether it’s having the kids at home or things missing off our shopping lists, we’re all having to adapt in some way.

How we deal with this change can really affect our well-being. You all help make the Community a safe and supportive space where we can all share our worries, but also a positive place where we can share hints and tips to get through this together.

Today, I’ll be sharing some of my tips and recipes for making the most of cupboard items when ready-made products, or crucial ingredients aren’t available!

Did you know, you can make a delicious loaf of bread, without any yeast or specialist flours, within an hour? All you need is plain flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, live yoghurt or milk & lemon juice. Search for ‘quick soda bread recipe’ online and you’ll find a few to choose from.   

Even kids can make simple flatbreads – ideally you’d use self-raising flour for these, plus natural yoghurt and they taste absolutely amazing topped like a pizza, or served alongside curries and stews. Again, just search ‘easy flatbread recipe’ to find full instructions.

If it’s flour you can’t get hold of, why not experiment using porridge oats? You can use them as they are to create tasty crumbles (savoury or sweet); flapjacks and biscuits, but if you have a food processor you can grind oats into flour and make all sorts of sweet treats!

Here’s my own recipe for a very indulgent tasting, but healthier brownie. You don’t need any flour, sugar or eggs to make these and they are lower in refined sugar than most!


1 cup oats, ground into flour

3 ripe bananas, mashed

½ cup crunchy peanut butter

2 tbsps cocoa

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

200g choc chips (any type) or bash up a bar

2 tbsps smooth peanut butter


Mix the oat flour, bananas, crunchy pb, cocoa & bicarb in a big bowl until well combined, then stir in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into a small lined tin, then spoon on blobs of the smooth pb then use the spoon to swirl it over the top.

Bake at 180 C for approximately 20 minutes. The top should be firm but it can still be a bit wobbly inside. If you prefer a drier cake, you can leave in the oven for a little longer.

I usually use a mix of chocolate and sometimes substitute the peanut butter with other nut butters. Don’t worry if you don’t have both crunchy and smooth peanut butter, just use whatever you have.


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  • <p>Hi </p> <p>Great to hear,&nbsp;I imagine it must be such a relief to know you can get some delivered.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have a few days off now, so I&#39;m looking forward to doing some baking, I have a couple of ripe bananas, so will be making my oaty brownies again.</p> <p>I also want to re-find my lentil mojo. I really love dal, but hardly ever make it and it&#39;s such a good filling dinner. If you have any special lentil tips, do let me know!</p> <p>Take care,</p> <p>Steph</p>
  • <p>Hi Steph,</p> <p>My starter is only on day 2, so I&#39;m still waiting to see if it really works.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another bit of good news, though, is that our local sugar smith shop (which I&#39;ve used to get icing, bases and boxes for cake making recently - and confidence, too!) have stocked up on flours and yeasts and will deliver to the doorstep, payment via bank transfer, so it seems as if I&#39;m well set up now!&nbsp;</p> <p>What a relief! I think I will ensure that our lovely neighbour gets some flowers as a thank you soon!</p> <p>Hugs xxx</p>
  • <p><span>Hi <a href="> <p><span>Oh, how lovely It&#39;s heartwarming to hear all the stories of neighbours helping each other - it must have felt like having bags of gold left on your doorstep.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>I&#39;ve set a task for my daughter to make pizza dough for everyone, whilst the adults are working tomorrow, so I&#39;m looking forward to that.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Have you given your starter blob a name yet? I wonder if it helps if you talk to it affectionately...or is that just me? </span></p> <p><span>Kindest Regards,</span></p> <p><span>Steph</span></p>
  • <p>Hi again,</p> <p>Our town network came up trumps with a neighbour dropping off a bit of flour but two sachets of yeast, and I made a proper loaf overnight in the bread machine! It smelt so great to wake up to! However, Murphy&#39;s law now says my fifth attempt at getting sourdough wild yeast started seems (fingers crossed) to be working!&nbsp;</p> <p>Onwards and upwards!&nbsp;</p> <p>Hugs xxx</p>
  • Hi @moomy 

    Oh shame about the raisin experiment, but the sourdough starter sounds promising! I had one for a while, she was called Bob and she made us a lovely few loaves before I neglected her terribly....

    I wonder if Xanthan Gum could help with the crumbly texture? I sometimes use it in Gluten Free baking, as it helps bind the ingredients without the sticky gluten in play.

    We get raw milk delivered from a local farm and it's brilliant for baking when soured if we don't get through it all fresh.

    Would you like to see more baking features on the Community? Do you know other members who would be interested? We'd love to hear from you all!

    Take care,