Olive oil bread

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus rising


Makes 1 loaf
Follow this simple step-by-step method for a homemade loaf, or adapt to include your favourite flavours

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  • 7g sachet easy-blend yeast or 15g fresh yeast



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

  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 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. Tip the flour into a mixing bowl. For easy-blend dried yeast, stir this into the flour. For fresh yeast, crumble it and rub into the flour as you would with butter when making pastry. Add the salt and sugar.

  2. Boil the kettle and measure 100ml into a jug. Top up with cold water to the 300ml mark. Test the temperature with your finger – it should feel perfectly hand-hot. Add the oil.

  3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid all at once. Mix quickly using your hands or a wooden fork to make a soft and slightly sticky dough. Wipe the dough around the bowl to pick up any loose flour.

  4. Sprinkle the work surface with flour and tip out the dough. Knead by stretching it away from you, then folding it in half towards you and pushing it away with the heel of your hand. Give it a quarter turn and repeat, developing a rhythm.

  5. When the dough is smooth, put it back into the mixing bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for 1 hr (no need to find a warm place). The dough is ready when it springs back when you press it with your finger. (At this stage, you can add other flavourings - see 'Goes well with', right).

  6. Tip dough onto a floured surface, knead to remove air bubbles. Shape into a round, place on an oiled baking sheet and slash top with sharp knife. Cover and rise for 30 mins. Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 8. Bake for 30-35 mins until browned and crisp.

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Comments (68)

27lavender's picture

Excellent. I have always wanted to make my own bread by hand and this one is easy and reliable. It stays fresh for days.

minxy_grr's picture

I managed to get this bread right on my third attempt.

My first issue was that I wasn't kneading the dough enough, suggest to first timers to knead the dough for 10-15 minutes.

My second problem was my fan oven, it was baking the bread WAY too quickly (10 minutes). So it might just be my broken oven, but I've been baking the bread at 160 Celsius.

The bread is delicious and looks impressive. It's very simple when you know how to get it right! Will be using this recipe on a regular basis!

simmyb's picture

I've made bread before but I have to say this recipe and method is so simple and takes no time at all... no endless kneading. The results are fantastic, a crusty loaf with a light and springy texture - yum!

char1978's picture

My first time at attempting to bake bread and definately not the last! This is an easy to use receipe with a great outcome! Lovely bread no doubt will be a regular in our house from now on!

blissfoods's picture

I make this type of bread a lot but with just a 1/4 tsb of salt and always put the full batch in th fridge overnight, this will improve the flavour. Makes great dinner rolls!

vikkiekaye's picture

Delicious! Had as alternative with gammon.

scjgreen's picture

Lovely Bread :)

equium's picture

Brilliant recipe, very easy to do with great results every time. I used half wholemeal flour and half white, so only had the oven temp at 200, (fan oven) which is perfect, and cooked for 30 mins. I also put 10 - 12 ice cubes in a tray in the bottom of the oven to give a little steam, this stops the crust forming to quickly and aids the bread to rise giving a beautiful light bread.

sjwilkins's picture

OMG! So easy. First time making bread. Shoved all the ingredients into the food processor and let it do the work for me. It made superb bread, both for sarnies and toast.

purple_perdita's picture

Best recipe I've found. I'm living in the tropics, and can't get strong white flour; this still tastes great and the texture is just right.

Princesspouty82's picture

Ooops! Forgot to give it 5 stars!

Princesspouty82's picture

Easy to make and tastes fantastic! No need for bread maker now!

cindy2709's picture

Easy, quick and so tasty! Will definitely make it again and next time might add chopped rosemary to the dough.

odelle's picture

Easy, adaptable, tastes great! Thank you for another delicious recipe.
Added chopped sundried tomatoes & grated mature cheddar to the second batch, turned out a treat!
If your bread browns too quickly cover top with foil or reduce oven temp. after first beginning to brown, especially if you have a fan oven.

4poplar's picture

I like the simplicity of this recipe. Easy to make and,tastes nice. Worth giving a try you will be pleased

koshkha's picture

This was my first time making bread and I can't believe how well it went. I was a little knocked back after the hour of dough resting when it all collapsed with a pffft but after proofing it boinged up and the finished loaf was one of the best I've ever tasted.

Would love to try it with 'bits' in next time. Thanks for the recipe.

a9ysen's picture

So easy to make delicious will definitely make again

hectorrashmi's picture

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

lenkxx's picture

wooow, this bread is just amazing, it looks good, taste great, its so simply to make, fast and just perfect. cannot even thank u enough for the recipe

abaygirl's picture

I wanted to make bread that was crusty and easy ! This recipe met all my requirements...fabulous.

Highly recommend


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