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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Doris Grant Loaf

So this recipe is from Lorraine Pascale's book Baking Made Easy although I actually got it from watching her TV show. I then got wondering who Doris Grant was and why the loaf was named after her. Doris Grant campaigned for use the of fresh, natural ingredients and minimal processing of food. Her obituary in The Telegraph is really interesting. It contains this quote which I think is brilliant: "In attacking agene, which was added to flour to make the bread easier to bake, she declared: "If you love your husbands, keep them away from white bread . . .If you don't love them, cyanide is quicker but bleached bread is just as certain, and no questions asked."

As a result of her interest in this area she started baking her own loaves of bread which became known as the Doris Grant Loaf. The key difference with this loaf is that it doesn't require any kneading. This came about by error - one day when she was making the bread she realised she'd forgotten to knead the dough. She then made up 2 versions of the loaf - kneaded and unkneaded - and asked her friends to tell her which one they preferred. They preferred the unkneaded version and therefore the Doris Grant Loaf below was born.

The recipe can be found here.


  1. I used to make a Doris Grant bread all the time - must look it up again. This one is going to be a regular one now - looks great.

    What a wonderful quote.

    I'm lovin' Lorraine's programme too.

  2. Hmmm simple and looks tasty! I'm going to try this tomorrow :)

  3. No knead bread? Now, this is something for me to get in on! I'm so intimidated by bread baking!