Bread in four easy steps

Bread in four easy steps

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus rising

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 8 thick slices

Kids can help with this super-simple bread recipe. Use whichever flour you like, granary, wholemeal or white

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per slice

kcalories
231
protein
10g
carbs
42g
fat
4g
saturates
1g
fibre
4g
sugar
3g
salt
0.63g

Ingredients

  • 500g granary, strong wholewheat or white bread flour (I used granary)
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp clear honey

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Method

  1. Tip the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. Stir 300ml hand-hot water with the oil and honey, then stir into the dry ingredients to make a soft dough.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins, until the dough no longer feels sticky, sprinkling with a little more flour if you need it.
  3. Oil the loaf tin and put the dough in the tin, pressing it in evenly. Put in a large plastic food bag and leave to rise for 1 hr, until the dough has risen to fill the tin and it no longer springs back when you press it with your finger.
  4. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Make several slashes across the top of the loaf with a sharp knife, then bake for 30-35 mins until the loaf is risen and golden. Tip it out onto a cooling rack and tap the base of the bread to check it is cooked. It should sound hollow. Leave to cool.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2009

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gnixon's picture
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Delicious, quick and VERY easy!

rosaliechenneour's picture

No where does it tell you what size bread tin to use, any suggestions

fkwool's picture
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I use 2 tspn of easy action yeast to 500g flour - hope helps

hectorrashmi's picture

Can some one please tell me how much yeast it would be in Tsp. we dont have same measure sachets here

munkymoo's picture

So easy to make, have made it twice now and both times has come out perfect! Not buying bread anymore!

bri1979's picture
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Started making this bread last week and the whole family prefer it to shop bought bread.

domesticlou's picture

What JeanieH said. I don't buy bread any more and also use a multiseed flour. Turns out perfectly every time.

budsey's picture
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Made this bread about 6 times now and it has never let me down used half wholemeal and half white and let it rise twice. Lovely texure it is now my favourite bread recipe

lydiafinnimore's picture

This bread is really easy to make and tastes yummy. I had to add a little more water to bind it all together. It's the first loaf I have made and I will certainly make it again. I will also experiment addings some seeds next time.

josephine123456's picture
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What a fantastic recipe! Very easy to prepare. I followed fiona's suggestion and let the dough rise twice. Just had a wee slice whilst it was still warm (to make sure it isn't poisoned ;) ) and tastes very nice. (made wholemeal bread).

darrenboswell's picture
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Absolutely delicious,used half wholemeal and half granary and allowed to rise twice.will be making lots of this bread.

bluemuma1's picture
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lovely bread, used half wholemeal half white and let it have a second rise, yummy xx

kirstiegilchrist's picture

Had a go baking my first loaf since the bread maker broke - doesn't look like we'll need to replace it!!

chiac40's picture
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Gorgeous. Lovely texture and flavour.

buzy-lizzie's picture
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Had a sudden fancy to make bread this morning and used this recipe. I also let it rise twice and it was easily the best bread I have ever made. Strongly recommended.

auntiebubble's picture
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I've tried quite a lot of bread recipes in the past and this is the best bread recipe I've found. I used 50:50 strong wholemeal:strong white flour and split the dough into two small loaf tins. The texture and flavour was lovely. Just make sure you grease and flour the tins really well - it sticks! (They freeze really well too)

lekich's picture

The best bread ever!! It was the first I managed to bake a proper bread. I liked. Thanks!

cdcarbonell's picture
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Very easy and a great introduction to breadmaking!

micheal's picture

to whom it concerns
in the original ingrident it does not stste the ammount of water required ,but when you read the method its mentioned ,just a small observance ,nothing major
josephine

cookinghobbit's picture

I'm a ceoliac looking at doing more baking and I've never made bread before. Would gluten-free bread flour work with this?

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