Down memory lane with my old fashioned milk loaf recipe

Do you remember those old-fashioned bakers, those ones where you could buy a loaf of bread and they used to pop it in a white paper bag and do that magic twisting thing to seal it – like sweet shops used to do as well! They may not have had the variety of “trendy” loaves and bread that we see nowadays in an artisan baker, but, they stocked all of my favourites such as Bloomers, Farmhouse White, Hovis, Cobs, Cottage Loaves, Split Tin, Baps, Barm Cakes, Tea Cakes, Fruit Loaves and so many more…….and amongst all of those baked beauties, was the loaf of my childhood dreams, the cylindrical Milk Loaf. Mini banana bread muffins I think all children loved them, it wasn’t just the shape or the fact that you got “round” slices of bread, it was the little ridges all along the loaf , like an easy slice guide. Bread pudding with bananas I remember asking my grandmother if we could buy one when I stayed with her, as we never had these round bread loaves in our house, it was always mum’s home-baked bread or Hovis! I was desperate to have “round sandwiches” to take to school and was fascinated with the idea of round toast too……these homely milk loaves became a bit of an obsession with me, and I badgered my grandmother until she finally caved in and bought one! (She was a wonderful home baker too)

And so, when the lovely Ria and Sarah sent me a Mermaid Milk Loaf tin just before Christmas, my obsession was rekindled again! I was thrilled with my tin, and set about looking for a traditional milk bread recipe straight away…….but, there are not many of them out there, so in the end I resorted to one of my old Be-Ro cookbooks and used the non-yeasted milk bread recipe as a guide but with bread flour and yeast. Bbc good food banana bread I then experimented with the amount of dough, my first attempt resulted in a loaf that did not fill the tin and was an odd shape, not round at all! But finally, I cracked the code, and as you can see from my photos, I have managed to create a wonderful recipe for a traditional old-fashioned milk loaf. Food wishes banana bread The final loaf was soft inside with a nice crust, and this bread has a very comforting taste about it, my husband said he wanted to eat his buttered slices with a glass of milk! I know what he means, it is a simple wholesome loaf of bread, a sort of boy and girl next door type of bread…….

I am now excitedly planning my sandwiches, and I may even wrap them in waxed paper for a truly authentic memory! Will I make cheese and tomato, or maybe egg salad……then there is ham and tomato, an old favourite of mine as well as cheese and spring onion; beetroot are my dad’s favourite and I am also partial to watercress sandwiches, and then there’s TOAST! Toast for breakfast, as it’s British Farmhouse Breakfast Week, and I bet this bread would make a fabulous bacon butty. 100 days of real food banana bread We have already delved into this bread already, just to test it you understand, and two slices each later I am down to 14 slices left……yes, this clever bread even gives you a slice count!

If you get a chance to buy one of these fabulous milk loaf tins, do get one, as I am sure they will be fantastic for fruit loaves as well, which is what I am making next in mine. Wholefood simply banana bread My milk loaf slid out of the tin and it was a doddle to clean – just dunk the tin in warm soapy water, a quick swish around, then dry it, and it was all clean and shiny again! With thanks to Mermaid, Ria and Sarah for making my childhood dreams come true, there will be milk loaf on the table all the time now! I DO hope you will try this recipe, it can be made in a normal loaf tin too of course, but the magic is lost a little I think, or am I just a big kid at heart? See you later……. Vegan banana nut bread Karen

Disclaimer: I was sent a Milk Loaf Tin to use and review and was not asked to write a review; all thoughts and opinions are my own. Mini banana bread loaves Karen S Burns-Booth

An old fashioned round milk loaf that the children will love! This loaf is made in a special milk loaf tin from Mermaid, and is an easy knead and one prove bread, that makes fabulous round sandwiches and toast! Use skimmed milk for less calories but all the benefits of calcium – ideal bread for milk haters!

• 250mls warm milk (I used skimmed for lower fat but all the calcium)

An old fashioned round milk loaf that the children will love! This loaf is made in a special milk loaf tin from Mermaid, and is an easy knead and one prove bread, that makes fabulous round sandwiches and toast! Use skimmed milk for less calories but all the benefits of calcium – ideal bread for milk haters!

Place all the milk loaf ingredients into a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment and mix on low for 5 minutes to 7 minutes; check to see if dough is wet enough, if not, add a LITTLE more warm milk, before mixing on low to medium for a further 5 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic.

Whilst the dough is kneading in the mixer, oil the Milk Loaf tin well and dust with flour.


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Once the dough is kneaded, take it out of the mixer bowl and shape it on a floured board, then roll into a sausage shape the length of the milk loaf tin. Banana bread with wheat flour Place the shaped milk loaf in the tin, and then cover with the lid and secure the hinge. Banana bread with rice flour Place the tin in a warm place to prove for 1 hour, or until the dough has reached the top of the tin – there is a small peep hole to check! (If using a normal loaf tin, place in tin and cover with an oiled plastic bag or old shower cap and allow to prove until the dough reaches the top of the tin)

Bake in a pre-heated oven 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 for 30 to 35 minutes, allow to cool for 2 to 3 minutes in the tin, and then carefully open the tin and turn out the loaf on a wire rack to cool.

Slice along the indented lines – you will get 20 slices of bread from the milk loaf.

Hi – Do feel free not to publish this comment if you feel it is negative or not in tune with the spirit of your blogpost. Best banana cake recipe nz I won’t be offended at all, but I have had two of these tins and sent one to a friend a few years ago who had similar nostalgia to you. Banana bread using pancake mix Sadly both of mine developed problems with the clips, after using them maybe half a dozen times. How to make banana pancakes with pancake mix I now tie them up with string when I want to use them which I do of course as the tin part is fine. Banana bread with baking powder instead of baking soda I am a big fan of Mermaid ware, and have loads of their products as they are incredibly tough, providing of course that one never puts them in the dishwasher which slowly but surely takes away the anodized effect and they revert to bare metal. Banana bread made with almond flour I believe that is the case with most anodized bakeware. Three ingredient banana bread all best Joanna

Wow, there’s a trip down memory lane. Sweet potato banana bread I think we used to have this occasionally for Sunday tea before heading out to church. Buttermilk banana bread martha stewart It was the bought stuff, but it was always exciting, just because it was round! Love the tin.

Thanks Dad! I remember badgering Nanny Burns about getting one in Feltham high street once! ?? Not sure if she bought one though! All gone now, we finished it off this morning with bacon, for a bacon butty!

Fabulous bread!!!!! I had the tin and never got round to use it. Gluten free sugar free banana bread I made this loaf yesterday and it disappeared in the blink of an eye with a very hungry hubby!! I want to do it again but with wholegrain flour, either wholemeal flour, or the ones from Love Life from Waitrose, like multigrain and seeds and stuff like that. Moist banana muffin recipe Do you know how would the recipe work and with what quantities to work?? Thanks!!!!

A gorgeous load that you’d never imagine that you could make at home! I remember this in the bakers, but my personal favourite was a light floury bap, split with butter and filled with something savoury for lunch or maybe even some jam! We were lucky enough to have 2 really good family bakers in the town where I grew up and it was a very sad day when they eventually closed down when the bakers retired:-(

Ah baps! My mum’s recipe for baps (Scottish morning rolls) is on my blog Camilla and like you, I love a floury bap especially when filled with cheese and onion! I was THRILLED with this bread recipe and the Mermaid loaf tin was fabulous and so easy to clean afterwards too. Banana bread taste of home Karen

Memory Lane is right – boy they’ve come flooding back with this post! My nanna only ever ate this bread, except when she was on a diet and then she ate Nimble. Gluten free dairy free banana bread It’s been nearly 30 years but I can still remember every detail of her kitchen, including the little matchbox house I made her for Christmas when I was about 6 – good ole Blue Peter! Thanks for bringing back the memories Karen!

As a British family living in the USA one of things my children ( and the adults too ) miss is Warbuton’s Blackpool milk roll. Banana muffin recipe uk My wonderful husband managed to source the tin on eBay for me for Christmas ( I’m not sure they make it anymore? ).

I’ve just made my second loaf, your recipe is perfectly sized for the tin. Chocolate banana bread muffins Thank you so much – a very happy household!

Thank you for the recipe have bought my pan and I’m trying it out this morning. Freezing bananas for banana bread I’m not an experience bread maker but when I have reached the point after kneading the dough feels quite ridged and not what I would have expected. Chocolate chip banana bread sour cream So I started again, and have the same result? Followed the recipe to the letter. Banana bran muffin recipe Wondering where I might be going wrong? Have you every experienced this?

Hi Mark, you can add a little more milk to the dough and then allow it prove once more, this should sort out the problem. Banana muffin recipe singapore I have never experienced this, but different flours absorb liquid differently. Banana bread with yellow cake mix Allow it to prove too, as it will “slacken” off as it proves and rises, as the air bubbles expand in the dough! Let me know if that works for you, Karen

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