Bread in four easy steps

Bread in four easy steps

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus rising


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

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal231
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.63g
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  • 500g granary, strong wholewheat or white bread flour (I used granary)
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast



    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tbsp clear honey


  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.

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Comments (109)

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

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

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

bluemuma1's picture

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

Gorgeous. Lovely texture and flavour.

buzy-lizzie's picture

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

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

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

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?

stevealden's picture

Great recipe and method. I've used this recipe with several different flours and all have worked out really well. Highly recommended

karenza59's picture

ps forgot to rate it.

karenza59's picture

Absolutely gorgeous! Made it into a bloomer style loaf and has its just cooled I've cut a slice off. This is the best loaf I have made, let it rise twice and think it was worth the wait.

maggierose's picture

What size loaf tin should I use?

pigurtles's picture

I'm sure this is a great recipe, but I messed it up! Using a mini-loaf tin, I halved all the ingredients, but used the full 300ml of water..

Here's hoping that it will turn out okay! :)

bunnines's picture

Fantastic, I'll never need to buy bread again! Used wholewheat flour and I found it rose really well (I was a bit worried about it while leaving it to rise) delicious when toasted. A great basic everyday loaf.

paulbutler's picture

This recipe is amazing, I have done it many times, and all my friends have said that they thought it was the best homemade bread ever, and so easy as well! 10 out of 10!!

carode's picture

what size tin do you use for this recipe am considering making it as it sounds delicious and easy to make?


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