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5 from 1 vote

Flower pot bread

We gave this ‘Flower pot bread’ a go, which was really easy and quick as it contains no yeast. The kids really enjoyed themselves, and were delighted to have taken the lead and very proud of their flowerpot loaf.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: British
Keyword: bread, cooking with kids, flower pot bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 1175kcal
Author: Emily Leary


  • 1 clean unused flowerpot approx 10cm (4in) wide
  • 40 g butter plus a bit more for greasing
  • 225 g self-raising flour plus about 1 teaspoon more for flouring the pots
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 125 ml milk plus extra for brushing


  • Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan assisted, 400F). Grease the insides of the flowerpot with butter and use a bit of kitchen roll to spread it round. Hold the pot sideways and sprinkle in about ½ teaspoon of flour. Turn the pot, shaking it as you go, until the insides are covered in flour.
  • Tip all the flour and salt into a large bowl, then cut up and add the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingers. You don’t want any lumps of butter left.
  • Make a hole in the flour so that you can see the bottom of the bowl. This is called a “well”. Stir in the milk and the flour bit by bit. Gradually add in just enough milk to make a sticky dough.
  • When the dough begins to look a bit scraggily, start using your hands. Add a tiny bit more milk to the mixture if the dough is too dry. Shape into a large ball. Shape into a ball and put into the flowerpot and brush the top with milk.
  • Wearing oven gloves, put the pot into the oven and set the timer for about 30 minutes. The exact time will depend on the size of your flowerpot so keep an eye on their progress. When it’s ready the kitchen should smell like bread and the top of the loaf should be hard and golden.
  • Leave it to sit in its pot for at least 10 minutes. When the pot is cool enough to handle, very carefully run a flat, blunt knife around the sides between the bread and the pot. Tip upside down. Ta dah!
  • This is best with butter and some honey or jam. It doesn’t stay fresh for long but it tastes brilliant toasted.


Calories: 1175kcal | Carbohydrates: 169g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 1507mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1202IU | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 2mg