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My Beatles-inspired baking challenge: Eight bakes a week

Eight bakes a week
I love you
Eight bakes a week
Is not enough to show I care 

It’s been a busy week in my kitchen. After baking two things in one day (hello, dishes), I decided to give myself a Beatles-inspired challenge: eight bakes a week.

It sounded like a good idea on day one and, after a few last-minute recipe searches, it was mission accomplished at the final hour. I tried to lay off the sweets and sink into the breads, breakfasts and savoury treats.

Here’s how my week went down.
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Around the World in 80 Plates: Cheddar Oatcakes, Scotland 10/80

Oatcakes are perfect bite-sized crackers, but why bother slicing cheddar for an oatcake snack when you can bake the cheese straight in?

I always thought crackers would be hard to make at home. Turns out I couldn’t be more wrong.

As long as you can roll out dough rather thin and keep an eye on the batch in the oven, oatcakes are simple to make.
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Around the World in 80 Plates: Kartoffelbrot (Potato Bread), Germany 8/80

I love potatoes. Fried, roasted, boiled, mashed – I’ll eat them any way I can. So I was particularly excited when I discovered I could make potato bread at home.

I’m sure there are some recipes out there that call for instant mashed potato flakes, but this is the real deal.

With a good quality potato (I use Maris Pipers in the UK) and you’ll have a delicious, soft, moist loaf of bread.

The onion seeds sprinkled on top are a nice addition, but if you’re not a fan, feel free to omit them.
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Around the World in 80 Plates: Soda Bread, Ireland 4/80

Soda bread is possibly the easiest, quickest bread you can make.

No kneading, no waiting for the dough to prove and best of all: only one dish to wash.

Soda bread has fast become my go-to loaf when we’re out of bread and I can’t be bothered to run to the shop (and I happen to have buttermilk on hand).

It’s quick, filling and best fresh out of the oven.

Start to finish, it can be made in under an hour. That’s usually unheard of for homemade bread, so this is a great recipe to get your bake on even if you’re strapped for time.
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