Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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Cooking time

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

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Makes 1 loaf

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

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  • 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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  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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Keithvclarke@gmail.com.abcdefghij's picture

Just made this bread, the first time I have ever made bread in my life and it is absolutely fantastic, not salty at all, perfect. I just omitted the oil but otherwise followed the recipe to a t, my wife says I have a job for life. By the way I'm 71, wish I'd tried it years ago, a thousand thankyous.

luptonian's picture
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If I could give this more than five stars I would! It is by far the best bread recipe I have found - makes perfect perfect perfect every time. I now use about 2/3 of the dough to make a loaf in a 2lb tin, and the rest to make four bread rolls (separating and moulding these at the end of the first rise). We here also like a nice soft crust, and so picked up the following tips : put an empty deep sided baking tray in base of oven whilst pre-heating, then fill with cold water once bread in. This creates a steam bath which helps prevent a deep crust from forming. Then, when cooling down on a rack, I drape a (clean!) dry tea towel over it. Like I say - perfect every time!

joferg's picture
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Really easy to make & delicious. Highly recommend trying this recipe, I will certainly be making bread more often.

angie55's picture

I've tried many recipes for white bread, but this one beats them all ! It is indeed easy to make. Flavour and consistency are very good. In fact, one can't get enough.

xenon87's picture

First time making bread and it turned out great! Really easy to follow and yields a tasty loaf.

bonsoir's picture

Excellent and great. So yummy and delicious. This is very nice one site. Thanks for sharing some recipes here. Keep sharing. Looking forward for more.
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ceebeeetc's picture

When proving bread in fridge overnight, how do you proceed the next day? Do you need to bring the bread to room temp before baking? Or do you just let it rise for an hour and then put in over? Thanks. Cathy

karenfalla's picture

I tried making this recipe as a complete bread-making novice. It was inedible. Two teaspoons of salt is way too much and the middle of the loaf was a dense oily mass. I don't think you should put oil in bread? I didn't use a breadmaker but it says you can do it the traditional way so it should have been OK. Also, the recipe assumes you know how long to knead it and also what 'knock back' means. I had to look it up. The following day I tried another Good Food bread recipe and it was perfect. (No oil in this one and only one tsp of salt!)

bethany.lane@talktalk.net's picture

good recipe; taste delicious loved by all family members, BUT makes a very large loaf!

sumorrison's picture

Have been using bread maker for years however decided to try making bread by hand as recently loaves not rising so well & hubby used to be a baker! Result is a much softer, beautifully risen loaf although slightly salty, just reduce amount you add. Hubby has enjoyed making a loaf every couple of days as it doesn't last long. Made a batch into rolls for packed lunches & they worked out really well, freeze good too. Dough also freezes well.

carmelmummy's picture

Can you make bread with ordinary flour?

emma_ace's picture

This really is a lovely recipe for bread. I often get asked by friends and family to bake them a loaf. This is definitely a keeper!

bunsinbows's picture
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this recipe makes the tastiest bread i have ever tasted

elleipsis's picture

Not being that confident making bread I followed this recipe exactly which as some people have mentioned before is a little bit of a mistake. Whilst most of the recipe is perfectly fine, the salt recommended is way too high.I placed the salt far away from the yeast, and kneaded the dough and left to prove the first time, and the salt even impacted the rise. I will be halving the salt when I make it again, which I hope will work better.
Apart from this slight issue, it seems to be a good recipe.

aecampbell's picture

I made this recipe following the amounts given and the bread was perfect and not at all salty. Maybe elleipsis misread tbs for tsp? I take the minimum of salt in food for health reasons so I notice salt, but with 2 level teaspoons it came out well. If you want an unsalted loaf just leave out the salt altogether!

keith8385's picture

This is looking so awesome.I have never tried making breads ever but will surely try out this recipe now.Just have to make sure the dough is good.Thanks for the recipe.
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