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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amyalisha's picture
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absolutely perfect!! i've never made bread before and i'm not a very good cook, but this was so easy, and so satisfying! will def become a staple in my house. just made a second batch loaded with sunflour seeds. added a bit of honey too. i would recommend anyone to give it a go!

fairie's picture

Can I add a handful of seeds to this recipe without changing anything else? I want to try and make seeded rolls to freeze.

jofulton's picture
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Never made bread before - sounded far too much like hard work. Gave this recipe a try and was really easy! Really tasty too - all gone a bit too quickly!

louisecooke1's picture

lovely loaf, a staple in our house!

pepeandlou's picture
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made this by hand, very pleased, it was light and fluffy, when I've made bread in the past it has always turned out heavy. I will certainly be making this again and again, next time I'll try making rolls using this recipe.

babybump's picture

i have tried this recipie 4 times now and i have found that lowering the heat and cooking it for a bit longer in my oven works wonders as i followed how it is meant to be done and the bread didnt cook properly (still doughy) although when i tweaked it a little the bread was amazing

bethyb63's picture

So easy to make and is foolproof. Love it.

namarquis's picture
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I made it in the breadmaker on the dough setting. I reduced the salt to 1tsp as I found it too salty and added 1tbsp sugar. I left it to rise in a loaf tin for an hour, cooked it in the tin for 20 mins then 10 mins on a baking tray. Fantastic recipe, I make it most days.

chesty's picture

Made this yesterday, I may never buy bread again! I made it into 8 large rolls, brushed the tops with water, put poppy seeds on some and cheese on others. They were amazing, really proud of them! They were light, soft with a delicious crust. The only one left this morning is still squeezably soft. I used warm water, and sat with the bowl on my lap to prove as the house is so cold at the moment!
Really inspired to experiment with other flavours and styles of bread, and the kneeding is a good workout!

jstannard's picture
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WOW! That is all I can say about this loaf. I just made it, took it out of the oven just long enough so i could cut it and butter it. Munching on a bit right now. Lovely and fluffy.

cali118's picture
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if you use wholemeal bread flour- use 400g for this recipe.

gorgana's picture

This is the first time I have made bread, and, WOW!! It was soooo nice. Easy to make and wonderful to eat.
I used the method mentioned on the first page of comments, using Plain Flour as I didn't have any strong bread flour and also had to halve everything as I only had 250g of plain in the cupboard and some slightly out of date dried yeast, but it still turned out lovely. Also added a little sugar for the yeast to feed on.
Will definately be making again as my daughter said it would be wonderful with homemade soup!!

lisavalo's picture
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I've made this about 4 times now and each time its turned out wonderfully. I don't have sachet yeast so I use 2.25 tsp which I believe is the same. Gorgeous still warm from the oven and really cheap and simple to do.

bluesnicket's picture
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Easy recipe using the Kitchenaid and also by hand. Came together well and the family approved. I never got to have seconds. Will do again.

squidgy69's picture

My 5 year old daughter (who helped with the kneading) said this was the best bread ever and I have to agree. Easy and very tasty. It was so soft and light, perfect with our homemade jam.

saratingay's picture
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Bread making was always a disaster for me, but I have used this recipe several times now and each time was perfect.
For the liquid I put 150mls of boiling water in a jug add a teaspoon of sugar and disolve, then I add 150mls of cold milk, seems to make the liquid just the right temp.
Great for rolls or loaves and after brushing with a egg and milk mixture before cooking, delicious sprinkled with sesame or poppy seeds or topped with thinly sliced onion and grated cheese.
The cheese and onion rolls are lovely with homemade tomato soup.
Going to try granary today. Very addictive this bread making lol.
The only downside to this recipe is that hubby now refuses to eat shop bought bread!

leandas2007's picture
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I have a Bread Machine but find my loaf always comes out heavy, this was just as easy to do and much nicer. The texture was really light, I used half brown and half white flour, dried yeast and did use warm water, no sugar. I used a 2lb loaf tin. The whole family loved it so def will be a regular in my house.

abyramy's picture

I made the bread and it turned out great! It was a soggy but that was probably because of the tomato sauce. Overall though-brilliant!

abyramy's picture

Havn't tried making the bread but i think it will turn out ok. im going to make the bread into a sort of ploughman style bread by cutting the bread dough in half and putting one half into a circular cake tin and sprinkling cheese and spread pickle onto it and then putting the other stretched half on top and baking. hope it turns out good!

johnnymartin's picture

I've made bread in the past that turned out yeasty and like a brick, but this is brilliant, works every time, I've also used Brown, Wholemeal & Granery flour with equal success, I've made it into baps rolls & in loaf tins, just cant praise it enough

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