Easy white bread

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

Easy

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition:

  • kcal204
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt1g
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Ingredients

  • 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
    Yeast

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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

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  • 300ml water

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.

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Comments (251)

kat_cco's picture
5

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.

sharrazan's picture
5

.Loved this bread ! easiest I have ever made - and easily the best.

Has anybody tried freezing it ??

therisingloaf's picture
5

does anyone know where you can get fresh yeast in the Cardiff area.

therisingloaf's picture
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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
4

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
5

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
5

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
4

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
5

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!

puff60's picture

Gorgeous, and so easy, I am going to make home made bread all the time now!

puff60's picture

Gorgeous, and so easy, I am going to make home made bread all the time now!

-clare-'s picture
5

Easy peasy recipe (even by hand) that is now a regular. Great base for experimenting with different types of bread.

dianachristine's picture

First time was superb - just I expected from all the comments. Not sure what I did differently but the next two loaves were disappointing. I followed the recipe exactly (the last twice) and I don't feel happy about sticking a knife in a loaf that has risen and ready to go in the oven. It collapses immediately, never to rise again. I guess the first time I slashed it before the second rise. Next time I'll try it the way my instincts tell me!

vecten's picture

I don't like a crust on my bread as it's much easier to make sandwiches without a hard crust. I bake mine at 190C for 30 mins.

rachelingram's picture
5

First time I have ever attempted to bake bread, really as easy and quick as it looks. Added a hint of garlic and sprinkled some sunflower seeds on top for good measure. Yummy!

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