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Classic Bread

Episode 1 of 6

Paul Hollywood reveals the secrets and versatility of breads from around the world, celebrating the history and traditional flavours of great British bread.

The nation may have fallen in love with baking, but for many, homemade bread seems a challenge too far. Britain's favourite master baker, Paul Hollywood, is on a mission to share his passion for baking bread in this series. Over six episodes, he reveals the secrets of breads from all over the world and, with a feast of mouth-watering recipes, he shows how even the most humble loaf can be transformed into delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In this first programme, we celebrate the history and traditional flavours of great British bread. Paul explains the basics of bread making by making a classic white bloomer, a gorgeous crusty everyday bread that he transforms into the perfect portable lunch, and his colourful roasted vegetable picnic loaf. We track the history of British bread making from farm to miller, brewer and baker and Paul bakes his ultimate ploughman's loaf, a rye, oat and ale round. For tea, there is nothing better than a slice of Paul's honey-glazed, fruit-packed malt loaf. But his breads are no sideshow, so for a hearty family dinner he bakes his medieval-style rye and wholemeal trencher, a stunning centrepiece flat loaf piled high with watercress salad and sliced, seared lamb leg steaks in a mustard dressing.

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 18 Apr 2015 11:30

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Role Contributor
Presenter Paul Hollywood
Executive Producer Kieran Smith
Series Editor David Robertson


  • Mon 18 Mar 2013 20:30
  • Sat 23 Mar 2013 17:30
  • Sun 24 Mar 2013 11:30
  • Tue 7 May 2013 10:05
  • Sat 28 Sep 2013 11:30
  • Sat 18 Apr 2015 11:30

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Episode 1 Recipes

Celebrating the traditional flavours of great British bread.