Easy-bake bread

Easy-bake bread

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus 1-2 hrs proving

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 1 large loaf

Baking homemade bread needn't be difficult - this recipe is easy to follow

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
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protein
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carbs
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fat
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saturates
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fibre
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sugar
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salt
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Ingredients

  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 300ml hand-hot water
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tbsp honey

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Method

  1. Tip the flour into a bowl and mix in the yeast with the salt. Stir in the water, oil and honey. Now bring together to make a soft dough – I use my hands, but a wooden spoon or knife from the cutlery drawer is fine. Tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins. It is worth putting in the time to do this as it will pay off later with lovely airy bread.
  2. Don’t keep adding flour, a wet dough is better than a dry one, which will bake to a tough texture, so if you don’t like the dough sticking to your hands, lightly oil them. If you are adding flavourings, knead them in gently now.
  3. Turn the dough into an oiled 1kg bread tin and cover with oiled cling film (or better still, a free unused shower cap from your last hotel stay!). Put in a warm place until the bread fills the tin, it should take between 1-2 hrs.
  4. Uncover and bake your bread at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 30-35 mins until golden. Tip out of the tin and tap the base of the loaf. It should sound hollow when fully cooked. If not cooked, put loaf back in the oven out of the tin and test again after 10 mins. Cool.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2012

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Aurelie Colibri's picture
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FANTASTIC RECIPE!!! i've been searching for ages for an easy bread recipe, and all of the results ended up in the bin - bread machine ones, sour-dough...nothing worked for me, perhaps I'm too thick to follow the recipe properly :)) but this one did the trick! it was so easy and the result was - amasing bread!!! You made my day! Thank you for that! :* p.s - the recipe was spot on - the dough was not sticky, and after kneading for about 25min, the dough raised beautifully within an hour. and then I baked it for 35 min, after that I covered it with foil (so it didn't burn on the top) and baked for another 10. and ta-da! lovely fluffy bread!

pandaspud's picture
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This is the first bread recipe I've ever tried and I love it! I've made it five times now, adding rosemary & thyme, and also Sun dried tomato and basil as alternate varieties. It's super easy and super tasty. If anyone is trying bread for the first time I'd highly recommend this method.

Leanne318's picture

My first time making bread and I found this recipe really easy. The dough was VERY sticky as it says in the recipe, so I used the oil on my hands and that helped. When cooked it was light and tasty and I now make a loaf every weekend!

twedds84's picture
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First go at making bread, the dough wasn't sticky which I had been worried about and I gave it a second knead after 1 hr and allowed it to prove for another hour. Overall i'm pleased with the result, although the bread was thick/ heavy. Next time I will try bake it for a bit longer.

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