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Can’t get bread from the shops? Here are easy recipes you can try at home

With dozens of shops closed, it has become hard for people to buy their monthly, weekly or daily groceries

With dozens of shops closed, it has become hard for people to buy their monthly, weekly or daily groceries

Published Jul 13, 2021


Many malls, shopping centres and spaza shops are taking no chances with the looting that erupted in KwaZulu-Natal and some parts of Gauteng and have closed up shop as a precaution.

The closures come after a weekend of looting and violent clashes with the police in the provinces.

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With dozens of shops closed, it has become hard for people to buy their monthly, weekly or daily groceries.

Many people have taken to social media to address how hard it has been to get basic stuff like milk and bread.

If you’re one of those having difficulty getting bread from the shops, below are easy recipes that you can make at home.

Overnight No-Knead Bread

Overnight no-knead bread.


6 cups bread or cake wheat flour

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½ tsp yeast

2 tsp salt

3 cups water, lukewarm

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Using a wooden spoon, mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well incorporated then cover with cling film to proof overnight, ± 6 hours.

The following morning, preheat the oven to 200°C.

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Lay parchment or baking paper down into a baking pan and sprinkle liberally with flour.

Tip the dough into the floured baking pan and immediately divide it into two round loaves or any shape you prefer, pulling the dough from underneath towards the top.

After shaping the dough, leave in the pan for the second proofing until doubled in size, then bake for 45 minutes.

The bread is done when the aroma of freshly baked bread fills the room and the tops look golden brown sounding hollow when tapped.

Leave about 15 minutes to cool before serving.

Recipe by Pumla Brooke-Thomae.

Rosemary Rolls


4 cups cake flour

2 tsp salt

4 tsp sugar

2 tbsp roughly chopped rosemary

10g instant yeast

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 tbsp olive oil (sunflower will do)

3 eggs beaten and topped up with lukewarm water to make up 400ml


First, place all the dry ingredients including the rosemary into a bowl and make a well in the centre.

Add the oil and three-quarters of the water, and mix to form a soft dough.

Add a little more water if need be; if it is too wet, add a small amount of flour.

Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic to the touch; about 15 minutes.

Place the dough back into the bowl and oil the top; cover with a clean cloth and place it in a warm place to rise to twice its size.

Once the bread dough has proved, punch it down.

Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat it into a rectangle.

Divide into two, roll each piece into a sausage.

Using a pair of scissors cut each piece of dough into 6 pieces at 45-degree angles.

Place the pieces of cut dough onto a well-oiled baking tray and dust them with flour. Cover with a clean tea towel.

Let the rolls rise to twice their size in a warm place.

Bake in a 200°C pre-heated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Recipe by Jenny Morris

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