Easy-bake bread

Easy-bake bread

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

Easy

Makes 1 large loaf
Baking homemade bread needn't be difficult - this recipe is easy to follow

Nutrition and extra info

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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

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 1 tbsp honey

    Honey

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    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

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.

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Comments (11)

Zeal's picture
5

Made it yesterday..I tried to make bread before too..but with this recipe, the bread came out very nice and with a great texture..everyone loved it..thank you..!!!

jarrestr's picture

Made this over the weekend. Really easy and I let my machine do the hard work. It was tasty and kept well. Will make it again and freeze it this time. Everyone praised it.

scrappydoo's picture

Have just made this for the first time today and was really please with the result. Placed ingredients in my stand mixer and let it do the work for ten minutes. Placed it in a 2 lb tin and left it to prove. It was ready for the oven in just fifty minutes. Thirty five minutes in the oven and the result a lovely white loaf. Tasty and light. My best effort at bread making by far. A definite keeper. Will make again.

avwxl's picture

This was my first bread-making adventure and it was great! The dough was very wet and sticky, and often got stuck to my hands and the countertop . However, it turned out wonderfully. The inside had the air pockets and texture of an English muffin. (or just muffin? American here.) It was a good, thick bread and was perfect for soaking up beef stew or as toast with butter and jam.

animals's picture

I've today tried this recipe using Rape Seed oil as I didn't have the vegetable oil, and added dried Rosemary near the end of kneeding . I cooked the bread at 180 fan forced for 35mins & the result is a wonderfully textured crusty white loaf which has been thoroughly enjoyed by my husband & I. This is not the first loaf that I have hand made, however, it is now my No1 recipe. Thank you for sharing it.

tizzy99's picture
5

this recipe is AMAZING!!
to speed up the rising process i sometimes put it in the top oven with the bottom one on 220 and it still comes out beautifully light and fluffy :)

MikeRougham's picture

A simple bread making recipe to follow, having the kitchen smell of fresh bread is wonderful. My only deviation from the recipe is just prior to baking, put pats of butter around the top of the loaf to get a crispy, shiny crust.

Aurelie Colibri's picture
5

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
5

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
4

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.

Questions (1)

AuntyFlossie's picture

Can I use sugar instead of honey?

Tips (1)

Rosemary Flowers's picture
5

I lightly spray the loaf with milk 5 minutes before I put it in the oven. It gives a lovely crispy crust to the bread. It also makes it easier to cut when very fresh.

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