Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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(162 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins Plus 2 hours proving


Makes 1 loaf
A great recipe for an electric breadmaker - or do it the traditional way

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcalories204
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt1g
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  • 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast



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

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 300ml water

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  1. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, then add the oil and water, and mix well. If the dough seems a little stiff, add 1-2 tbsp water, mix well then tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead. Once the dough is satin-smooth, place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Leave to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size or place in the fridge overnight.

  2. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Knock back the dough, then gently mould the dough into a ball. Place it on the baking parchment to prove for a further hour until doubled in size.

  3. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Dust the loaf with flour and cut a cross about 6cm long into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake for 25-30 mins until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Cool on a wire rack.

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Comments (242)

squidgy69's picture

My 5 year old daughter (who helped with the kneading) said this was the best bread ever and I have to agree. Easy and very tasty. It was so soft and light, perfect with our homemade jam.

saratingay's picture
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Bread making was always a disaster for me, but I have used this recipe several times now and each time was perfect.
For the liquid I put 150mls of boiling water in a jug add a teaspoon of sugar and disolve, then I add 150mls of cold milk, seems to make the liquid just the right temp.
Great for rolls or loaves and after brushing with a egg and milk mixture before cooking, delicious sprinkled with sesame or poppy seeds or topped with thinly sliced onion and grated cheese.
The cheese and onion rolls are lovely with homemade tomato soup.
Going to try granary today. Very addictive this bread making lol.
The only downside to this recipe is that hubby now refuses to eat shop bought bread!

leandas2007's picture
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I have a Bread Machine but find my loaf always comes out heavy, this was just as easy to do and much nicer. The texture was really light, I used half brown and half white flour, dried yeast and did use warm water, no sugar. I used a 2lb loaf tin. The whole family loved it so def will be a regular in my house.

abyramy's picture

I made the bread and it turned out great! It was a soggy but that was probably because of the tomato sauce. Overall though-brilliant!

abyramy's picture

Havn't tried making the bread but i think it will turn out ok. im going to make the bread into a sort of ploughman style bread by cutting the bread dough in half and putting one half into a circular cake tin and sprinkling cheese and spread pickle onto it and then putting the other stretched half on top and baking. hope it turns out good!

johnnymartin's picture

I've made bread in the past that turned out yeasty and like a brick, but this is brilliant, works every time, I've also used Brown, Wholemeal & Granery flour with equal success, I've made it into baps rolls & in loaf tins, just cant praise it enough

nadisig's picture
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buffologist's picture
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I make this bread by hand every few days. We haven't bought bread in weeks! I usually let it rise in the fridge overnight and this works brilliantly, you get the 'hard' work out of the way the night before and have fresh bread for breakfast. I haven't found the need to add sugar as others have but it works well with a bit of wholegrain flour in there too and makes an excellent loaf in a tin as well as buns or a round loaf as shown here.

crcfle's picture
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The best bread recipe I have tried, beats Jamie Olivers hands down. I make mine by hand with warm water and bake in a 2lb loaf tin. Halved the salt 2nd time round. Used Lidls bread flour and yeast so works out around 35p a loaf and tastes better than £1.50 shop bought loaves. Highly recommended. Looking forward to making rolls out of the recipe.

eiliscronjaeger's picture

This is definitely best recipe I have used for bread. Suggest that first rise is by volume rather than time although about an hour is good. making more tomorrow morning.

asakon3's picture
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I am not the one to leave a comment for this kind of things but this recipe is just sooo good that I couldn't help but saying a big thank-you! I do a traditional way, leave a bit more than 1 hour for the first rise and every time bread come out very fluffy and yummy. Highly highly recommended.

dorothyd's picture

Have now used this recipe several times and have a couple of times substituted some of the white flour for wholemeal. Turned out great each time. I used active yeast, once by mistake and it tasted yeasty, so next time I activated the yeast first and it was good. Breadmaker is now put to back of cupboard as this method is so quick and easy

starhjr's picture

I want to make garlic bread...Would it work if i just use this recipe and add in the garlic mixture ?

shellyd's picture

OMG this is a great recipe, followed it exactly didnt add any sugar as recommended by others and it turned out fab. used warm water. made into 10 cobs and im eating one as i write, will defo use again.

dorothyd's picture

Made this as an accompaniment to a dinner. All guests remarked how lovely it was. Left to rise overnight in fridge and it worked really well. Made life easier to concentrate on dinner the following day.

emmalemon's picture

Delicious! I made this bread with soup and ate it warm, it was gorgeous! I would definitley make again and next time I might experiment with seeds or cheese on top.

swanky's picture

Made mine in a loaf tin. Took out after 25 mins and put it back in the oven on its side for another 10 mins which made the sides and base nice and crisp. Lovely recipe, first time I've made bread but will now make it regularly. I'm going to experiment with flour mixes and seeds next time.

gillywomble's picture
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Made this bread the trad way. Easy recipe, and the dough rose well. Made into a bloomer rather than a round.

Delicious eaten hot from the oven with butter.

jazzdeol's picture

This is the first time i have ever made bread and i can't believe that i can actually bake bread... Thank you so much, this recipe is amazing...

If i wanted to make this into rolls/long baguettes how much will i need to reduce the baking time by?

Also how would i make the outside of the loaf crusty?

Hope you can help.


libbycl's picture

An excellent recipe and works every time. I reduced the salt by 1/2 teasp. Very impressive looking!


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