Store bought bread can include a lot of hidden additives and preservatives, but making your own without a breadmaker can be a long, fiddly process. The answer: beer bread. Three ingredients (unless you're inclined to add some olives, cheese, nuts or other flavorings), and you know exactly what's in it.
Three cups of self raising flour, three teaspoons of caster sugar, and a can of beer (the darker the beer, the darker and more "yeasty" your bread will be). That's all you need. Put the flour in a bowl, make a hollow in the middle, pour in your beer and sugar, mix the liquid, slowly fold the flour in. Leave it to rise, put it in the oven at 200 degrees celsius until it's golden on top. That's it.
You can make it flatter and cook it sooner for a denser, foccacia-like bread; or, you can really puff it up and put it on a flat tray for a more cobb-like loaf. This recipe is perfect for sandwiches, and is at its best with a warm bowl of soup.