Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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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


  • kcal204
  • 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
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  • 300ml water


  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 (250)

janhearn's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

joannajmiller's picture

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

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

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

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

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!

twar123's picture

A really good recipe but if you put in to much oil it will be a bit soggy. Also use blood temperature water for the yeast to work properly.

rhikee's picture

OH I made a mistake in my previous comment!
Don't put 2 tbsp of sugar in your mix, its just 1 tsp of sugar.
Sorry if anyone ended up with a CAKE!

rhikee's picture

This is great bread!
I changed the recipe a little after reading the comments.
200ml of warm water & 100ml skimmed milk.
I didn't add the salt to the flour.
Instead make a well in the flour add the warm water, milk & oil.
Then add the salt, yeast & 2 tbsp sugar into the water, stir to make milky liquid and allow to stand for 5 min or so to let the yeast react.
then mix in the four and continue as normal.
Oh I didn't score the top of the bread after reading others found it made the loaf sag.
So good, the family eat the whole loaf in one go with some home made potato soup.

kat_cco's picture

Very good basic bread recipe. Easy to add whatever flavour takes your fancy.

Sharrazan - yes I usually make it into two loaves and freeze one of them. Just as good out of the freezer. Make sure you wrap it really well.


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