There’s nothing better than homemade bread fresh out of the oven and baking bread in the AGA is ideal for creating the perfect loaf using gentle radiant heat to lock in all the moisture, flavour and goodness.
Baking Bread in your AGA
Making bread from scratch is one of the most satisfying cooking at home projects and if you’re new to baking bread we have the perfect tips and easy-to-follow recipes that will allow you to create bakery quality bread in your AGA that is sure to impress your friends and family.
Our Favourite Bread Recipes
Soda Bread is the perfect homemade bread for beginners with minimal ingredients and a cooking time of just 30 minutes in the AGA roasting oven.
Find our soda bread recipe here.
Wholemeal Rosemary & Chives Bread
This delicious Wholemeal Rosemary and Chive Bread yields a golden brown crust and a soft, light loaf on the inside. Ideal for a healthier option, this wholemeal loaf is high in fibre which aids digestion.
Find the recipe for rosemary & chives bread here.
Walnut, Cranberry & Raisin Bread
This lovely little loaf is perfect to serve with all your favourite cheese as part of a selection of dishes or as an afternoon snack.
Find the recipe for our walnut, cranberry & raisin bread here.
Breadmaking Golden Rules
The Art of Kneading Bread Dough
Kneading the bread dough is all part of the fun of bread making! Kneading allows the gluten to develop in the bread, in turn, creating the perfect shape and texture you require for each loaf. Wholemeal flours will benefit from more kneading than white flours.
Proving the dough
Cover the dough and leave it to rise until doubled in size. Placing the dough near the AGA or on the simmering plate lid works well. Protect the simmering plate lid with a chefs pad or tea towel to prevent scratches.
Baking bread in the AGA
The roasting oven is the best place to bake for most breads as it is the hottest AGA oven. Usually a 2lb/1kg loaf will take 30 - 40 mins to bake. If your recipe calls for you to reduce the temperature of the oven, simply move it lower down in the oven or move to the baking oven. Alternatively, slide the cold plain shelf in above the loaf as this will reduce the temperature, too.
Allow the bread to cool before slicing, store in an airtight container and freeze any that you don’t need for a few days.
How to tell your bread is done
After working so hard to create the bread dough you want to make sure you have the perfect bake. The best way to tell if the bread is done is to tap it on the bottom - if it sounds hollow it’s ready.
To celebrate homemade bread, we held a Facebook live with lovely AGA Demonstrator Naomi Hansell who shared some easy and delicious recipes and gave us plenty of tips. Watch our Facebook live back here.