How to make bread

Points to remember

  • Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, add the oil and water, and mix well. If the dough seems a little stiff, add 1-2 tbsp water.
  • Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it until the dough becomes satin-smooth.
  • Place it in a lightly oiled bowl to prove. Leave to prove for 1 hour until doubled in size or place in the fridge overnight.
  • Knock back the dough, then gently mould it into a ball. Place it on a baking tray lined with parchment to prove for a further hour until doubled in size.
  • Dust the loaf with flour and cut a cross, about 6cm wide, into the top of the loaf.
  • Preheat the oven to 220˚C/fan 200˚C/gas 7 and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Bake until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
  • Cool on a wire rack.