Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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Cooking time

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

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 1 loaf

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
204
protein
6g
carbs
38g
fat
4g
saturates
1g
fibre
2g
sugar
0g
salt
1g

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 300ml water

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2005

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rosesred's picture
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I've used this bread recipe twice now. I did it the "traditional" way (no bread maker). Both times the bread was perfect on the outside but ever so slightly doughy in the middle. Next time I might try leaving it in the oven a little longer, keeping a close eye on it so it doesn't burn.
Nothing beats fresh, warm bread!

bobbyc's picture

Made this yesterday, and is one of the best loafs I ever made, I warn you the dough at first starts very very wet and sticky you almost feel like you have done something wrong, but then it comes together very quickly, and is delicious.

I baked mine in a bread pan, and it came out a lovely shape.

felicityburch's picture
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Very straightforward recipe. Bread tasted lovely though perhaps a little bit heavy, I will try the over-night proofing in the fridge next time.

jobarrett's picture
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Really easy recipe and the bread tasted fabulous. I "kneaded" the dough for 10 minutes in the processor using the dough hook.

janhearn's picture
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I mixed the bread dough in my Kmix, not sure if that was the reason, but the dough was very soft and when proving in the airing cupboard the rise was very fragile. Seemed to spread and flatten when I took it out of the cupboard, so knocked it back for a second time and put dough into a loaf tin, let it prove for 30 mins more. This time it didn't sink, in the oven now looking great. Will let you know how it tastes.

ginger_timmins's picture

This bread is absolutely lovely. made it "a la traditional" and it came out lovely and crusty on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

A little tip to help with prooving the dough is to preheat your oven to about 30C, boil a pan of water, cover the dough in a damp towel, put it in the oven along with the pan of water, switch it off and let it grow!

beckyp77's picture
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Love this recipe. Have made 4 loaves in the last week!!!!!
The family love the taste, and it is so easy.
And you get to work your frustrations out on the dough:-)

burnbaby's picture
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Have done this recepie quite a few times now and it has always been successful. The children keep on asking me to do it again and again and can't wait for it to come out of the oven.

roxy_spider's picture

can anyone tell me what "knock back" means?

franniban's picture
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This is delish, however, could anyone we tell me what weight a serving size is, as I am trying to work out what the "syn" value is on the slimming world diet, thanks

heidinugget1's picture

I have never made bread before and this was so easy to do, I took the bread out just before 25 mintes and it was a little doughy when you ate it which was just how I like it. It was absolutely gorgeous and vet satisfying to do

franniban's picture
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I was very impressed with this, and I decided to put a bit of wholemeal in it, and it worked really well.

talogon's picture

First time I have ever made bread the traditional way and it worked perfectly.

weemac's picture
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This is so easy to make and tastes delicious - if i can make it then anyone can!!

joannajmiller's picture
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Perfect bread recipe. Baked for 25 mins and a perfect finish - slight crush but not too chewy. Family loved it as part of boxing day buffet!

steve0589's picture
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Great tasting bread, I found that by upping the water by an extra 30ml gave an even lighter bread. No need to buy shop bread anymore. Also great therapy for my arthritic hands!

maryappleby's picture
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Fabulous, easy recipe. This is the first time I have ever attempted bread and I was so pleased I took it to family and friends ( thus didn't last long) I will be experimenting with this but wondered if anyone could clarify regarding leaving to prove over night. Do I knock it back then leave for an hour in the morning or does it just prove the once overnight? Any help gratefully recieved

tudorbotts's picture

Tried this one and was delighted, have stopped buying shop bread and now make all my own. Rolls are great too using same mix. I do add 1 tsp sugar as found this better. Only problem is everyone keeps popping in for a sandwich.

johndrake149's picture
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My first attempt at bread making by hand, it came out really well - I did half the quantity of salt and will try a second batch with a little sugar in as others have mentioned - I would welcome any suggestions for my next go either white or brown bread.

katiemoss's picture
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I am amazed - I followed the recipe and ended up with a delicious loaf of bread - something I have never achieved before. My other half is delighted and managed to eat half of it (good going as it is a large loaf) in one sitting! Easy and delicious definitely one to try again!

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