Our Favourite Homemade Bread Recipes

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Over the past decade, bread, wheat and gluten have gotten some seriously bad PR. Here at Crush, we’re all about second chances, so here’s a roundup of our favourite bread recipes…


There is nothing quite like the aroma and flavour of a freshly baked loaf of bread. This one is brushed with extra virgin olive oil and served with a rough chopped olive and feta dip.

Recipe for Olive Oil & Herb Crusted Loaf


A delicious bread studded with tomatoes and chunks of chorizo. Grab a piece and dunk in your favourite olive oil. Great for a gathering with friends.

Recipe for Tomato & Chorizo Pull-Apart Bread

Beef Short Rib Pie with Mielie Bread Topping

A delicious take on short rib pie, made wholesome with a Mielie bread Topping. Peak comfort food!

Recipe for Beef Short Rib Pie with Mielie Bread Topping

Mielie & Mozzarella Bread

There’s nothing like freshly-baked mielie bread. Besides being incredibly delicious, the best part about this bread is that it’s a no-knead recipe. Imagine sweet whole kernel corn combined with grated mozzarella, all folded into one fluffy loaf and smothered with butter.

Recipe for Mielie & Mozzarella Bread


From the moment you mix up this bread, you know you’re in for a treat. Rich coffee aromas and flavours complemented by earthy walnuts and sweet yet tart cranberries. It’s definitely a crowd favourite and the no-knead method will make you look like a bread baking rockstar.

Recipe for No-knead Coffee Loaf


Zola Nene’s Isinkwa Sommbila, or steamed mielie bread, pays homage to her maternal gogo. Enjoy with homemade chakalaka or a dollop of butter and jam.

Recipe for Isinkwa Sommbila

Homemade Bread with Avocado Oil

Bread is great for infusing flavours with, you could add literally any ingredient and it will still be delicious… caramelised onion, cheese, fresh herbs, spices or seeds – have your pick!

Recipe for Homemade Bread with Avocado Oil

Easy Mealie bread with Avocado Oil

There’s so many ways to enjoy mielie bread, we love this version for its simplicity. The addition of avocado oil makes makes it moist and flavourful.

Recipe for Easy Mealie bread with Avocado Oil

Bread Recipes Blueberry Appel Streusel
Bread Recipes Banana Loaf

Blueberry & Apple Streusel Loaf

Streusel is a crumbly topping made from flour, butter and sugar – it gives great texture and an added yummy buttery flavour. Try this recipe for a light, Blueberry & Apple Loaf that is topped with a crumbly streusel for extra yum factor!

Blueberry & Apple Streusel Loaf Recipe

Banana Loaf

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea time… there’s never a bad time to have banana bread.

Banana Loaf Recipe

Bread Recipes Health Seed bread
Bread Recipes Apricot Mixed seed loaf

Health Seed Bread

This homemade seed loaf is a great healthy alternative for lunch boxes.

Health Seed Bread Recipe

Nut, Apricot & Mixed Seed Loaf

Serve straight from the oven with butter and cheese – bread heaven!

Nut, Apricot and Mixed Seed Loaf Recipe

Bread Recipes
Bread Recipes

Gluten-free Mixed Seed Bread

Who said gluten-free bread had to be like chewing cardboard? This recipe is a great substitute if you are gluten intolerant.

Gluten-free Mixed Seed Bread Recipe

Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Ale Beer Bread

Cooked in cast iron and finished with melted butter – it’s difficult not to eat the whole thing on your own. Works equally well mopping up savoury dishes or topped with jam.

Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Ale Beer Bread Recipe

Bread Recipes
Bread Recipes Plaas brood

Onion Campagne

There’s more to French bread than baguettes. Try this traditional Campagne bread, which has a similar taste to sourdough.

Onion Campagne Recipe

Dutch Paasbrood

Simple but delicious, made just the way Ouma did.

Dutch Plaasbrood Recipe

Bread Recipes Artisan Wheat bread
Bread Recipes Saggy Stone Bread

Artisanal Wheat Bread

Artisanal baking is the process of natural leavening and slow fermentation, abiding by the traditional manner in which bread was originally made. Try your hand at this Artisanal Wheat Bread for the real-deal experience.

Artisanal Wheat Bread Recipe

Saggy Stone Bread

This recipe is a brewery favourite that has kindly been shared with us – a real gem!

Saggy Stone Bread Recipe

Bread Recipes - Focaccias
Bread Recipes - Chocolate hazelnut braided bread

Five Fabulous Focaccias

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside – these focaccias are packed with rich Mediterranean flavours.

Five Fabulous Foccacia Recipes

Chocolate & Hazelnut Braided Bread

Nuts and Nutella beautifully tied together, what’s not to love?

Chocolate & Hazelnut Braided Bread Recipe

Basic Ciabatta

Ciabatta is an Italian white bread. Its name is derived from the word ‘slipper’ as its shape reminded the creator of his wife’s shoe.

Basic Ciabatta Recipe

Traditional Baguettes

This classic French loaf is perfect for your picnic basket.

Traditional Baguettes Recipe

Kitka Bread (Challah)

A traditional Jewish bread that is usually braided and is enriched with egg and butter.

Kitka Bread Recipe

Roasted Potato Bread

The addition of roasted potato gives this bread amazing texture and flavour.

Roasted Potato Bread Recipe

Cape Seed Loaf

There’s nothing quite like a seed loaf, fresh out of the oven with lashings of butter.

Cape Seed Loaf Recipe

Pain D’Epi

This pretty wheat shaped bread is cut in a way that allows for lots of surface area which gives it a great crust.

Pain D’Epi Recipe

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread with Bovril Drizzle

If you’re a fan of Bovril and cheese toast, then you’ve met the bread of your dreams. A cheesy, savoury pull-apart bread that will be an instant hit!

Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread with Bovril Drizzle Recipe

Bacon, Cheese and Chive Cornbread

Bacon and corn have always been good mates, and this bacon cornbread is set to become your new best friend.

Bacon, Cheese and Chive Cornbread Recipe

Tomato, Olive and Basil Pesto Focaccia

Good bread takes time but one bite of this focaccia makes it all worth it. We guarantee this will be flattened in minutes.

Tomato, Olive and Basil Pesto Focaccia Recipe

Basic Brioche

This brioche just requires a little time and patience. No trickery involved.

Basic Brioche Recipe

Rosemary and Roasted Garlic Bread

A rustic bread that is easy to prepare and requires no kneading.

Rosemary and Roasted Garlic Bread Recipe

Easy Roman Cheese Bread

Serve this Easy Roman Cheese Bread with a salad or load it with some roasted vegetables or ham as a tasty sandwich.

Easy Roman Cheese Board Recipe

Portuguese Easter Bread

A family favourite that everyone will enjoy.

Portuguese Easter Bread Recipe

Mini Olive Oil, Cumin and Sesame Bread Rolls

These bread rolls take some time to make but are worth the effort; each bite is delicious!

Mini Olive Oil, Cumin and Sesame Bread Rolls Recipe

Traditional Easter Gubana

A brioche filled with dried fruit and nuts – yum! Gubana is a traditional Italian Easter bread, and while the Italians love to eat Gubana, one bite and you will too.

Recipe for Traditional Easter Gubana

Hornazo–Spanish Easter Bread

This bread is filled with egg, bacon and chorizo, the perfect combination of savoury and salty. A bread that is mainly eaten during Easter but it doesn’t have to just be if you ask us.

Recipe for Hornazo–Spanish Easter Bread


Flatbreads are a mezze staple. Cook these flatbreads for varying times to give different textures – roll out slightly thick to produce soft bread perfect for mopping up sauce, roll out others thinly and cook for slightly longer to make crispy bread ideal for scooping.

Flatbread Recipe

Simple Naan Bread

This simple recipe is a perfect accompaniment to a hearty curry.

Simple Naan Bread Recipe

Learn about the different types of bread from around the world.

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