Easy white bread

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



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  • 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 (251)

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.

sharrazan's picture

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

Has anybody tried freezing it ??

therisingloaf's picture

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

therisingloaf's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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