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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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!

twar123's picture
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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
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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.

twar123's picture
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Very tasty!

sharrazan's picture
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.Loved this bread ! easiest I have ever made - and easily the best.

Has anybody tried freezing it ??

therisingloaf's picture
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does anyone know where you can get fresh yeast in the Cardiff area.

therisingloaf's picture
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first time trying, highly satisfactory. the loaf rose to they occasion!! next time might try using sugar to see if the flavour is furtur inhansed. best loaf i have EVER made.

dewlanna's picture
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Made this now twice, came out amazing both times. Second time also added sunflower seeds and linseeds and used 2/3 coarse wholemeal flour. Also added tablespoon of honey for the yeast, not sure if it made a diff or not but can't hurt.
Will continue to use this as base recipe!

dewlanna's picture
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Made this for first time today, used 1/3 wholegrain flour and added 1 tablespoon honey. Made double batch too and got two massive breads! Put sunflower seeds in one of them too and they are dee-lish! Great base recipe that I think I'll enjoy playing with!

mummybake's picture
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This is a great recipe so easy and so taste, its a big favorite of all the family especially with a nice homemade soup. Its a must try recipe x

asclark's picture
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Made this with my 4 year old son this evening... He did most of the work, so a pretty simple recipe! He enjoyed kneading (well... Punching) the dough! Good fun and good recipe!

loolcool's picture

this bread was amazing .. so delicious i will defenetly be making this again!! :)

ivylaz's picture
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Great recipe, I had to use vegetable oil instead of olive oil and added 1tsp salt and 1tsp sugar. Baked for about 40mins and bread turned out so well - nice crust and really soft inside. Can't wait to try wholemeal version.

joerosse's picture
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My first attempt to cook anything great result will make again. Does anyone know the cooking time if I make dough into rolls

jrimmer's picture
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My first attempt at bread making. I did lots of research I didn't want my first loaf to be a dissapointment and put me off for life! I used my Kitchenaid (doe hook attachment) Very pleased with the results bread tasted and looked gorgeous although it did come out rather dence and reminded me of Ciabatta. I followed the receipe to the letter and used tepid water (no sugar). Leaving it to rise while the dryer was on worked a treat. Will try adding sugar next time and leave to rise in the fridge overnight to save some time.

fgillies's picture
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This bread comes out really well for me every time. I always use tepid water and add a teaspoon of sugar to this before adding to the bowl. Really pleased!

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