Bread in four easy steps

Bread in four easy steps

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(79 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus rising


Cuts into 8 thick slices
Kids can help with this super-simple bread recipe. Use whichever flour you like, granary, wholemeal or white

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal231
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.63g
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  • 500g granary, strong wholewheat or white bread flour (I used granary)
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast



    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tbsp clear honey


  1. Tip the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. Stir 300ml hand-hot water with the oil and honey, then stir into the dry ingredients to make a soft dough.

  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins, until the dough no longer feels sticky, sprinkling with a little more flour if you need it.

  3. Oil the loaf tin and put the dough in the tin, pressing it in evenly. Put in a large plastic food bag and leave to rise for 1 hr, until the dough has risen to fill the tin and it no longer springs back when you press it with your finger.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Make several slashes across the top of the loaf with a sharp knife, then bake for 30-35 mins until the loaf is risen and golden. Tip it out onto a cooling rack and tap the base of the bread to check it is cooked. It should sound hollow. Leave to cool.

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26th Jun, 2016
I use this recipe in my breadmaker for my dairy free son and it comes out well! The whole family love this recipe, even my white bread hating hubbie! A great recipe served straight from the oven with butter and more honey or jam for Sunday tea!
7th Apr, 2016
First time making bread and it worked perfectly! I kneaded the dough for longer than stated in the recipe, roughly 15 minutes. I also baked the bread in the oven with a bowl of hot water underneath. It was beautifully risen, lovely flavour and a brilliant crust! I would really recommend that you try this recipe out!
23rd Feb, 2016
I've used this recipe many times. I made buns with this - made balls that were palm sized when flattened slightly, and cooked in 25 minutes, they were perfect. I used vegetable oil as I was out of olive oil. Next time I will add more honey to try and make a noticeably sweeter bread.
18th Jan, 2016
First time bread maker. I followed the instructions, but it did not rise. It is like a slab of cement.
1st Feb, 2016
Same for me a few time but found the 3rd time needed for longer and left to rise and worked finaly I needed for 15 mins
28th Jan, 2016
I had the same out come the frist time but second time I put the yeast and salt in a small bowl with warm water lef it for 10mins before adding to the flour and it did rise
4th Dec, 2015
My husband is something of a bread snob who makes the best sourdough bread EVER - according to friends. But he thought this was the most delicious bread he ever tasted! My kids love it too - and it's so easy and satisfying to make. Great recipe.
13th Oct, 2015
Brilliant recipe. I used half granary, half organic wholemeal and added some linseed and pumpkin seeds. I then used the dough hook on my Kitchenaid Artisan mixer, as I find hand kneading too difficult, then proved under a thick, rigid plastic bag beside my AGA. Knocked it back after an hour, kneaded for about a minute (I can manage that much!), then proved for another half hour. Baked in the middle of the AGA, turning round after fifteen minutes, and it emerged beautifully crisp and golden but soft in the middle. We ate almost the whole loaf with home made soup that night then finished it as toast the next morning. My family liked it so much I made another one two days later which disappeared just as quickly. Love making this: makes me feel like a domestic goddess!
19th Feb, 2015
Wanted to make an easy loaf with my 5 year old son. This was perfect. Made with a mix of white, and wholemeal seeded bread mix, containing millet seeds, linseeds, cracked wheat and poppy seeds. Left it to rise in the airing cupboard for an hour & 20. Preheated oven for 15 mins. Cooked for about 30 mins. Crust and top was lovely and crunchy, we enjoyed trying a taste with butter after 15 mins or so cooling, delicious!
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15th Feb, 2015
This was delicious and incredibly easy to make; it goes fantastic with soup! Used half a tablespoon of honey instead.


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Tammy Shaban
22nd Feb, 2018
I tried this and it was my first time baking bread (ever) it tastes nice but mine could have had a little more salt (i think anyway) it didn't seem to rise much even though I did everything by the recipe. I couldn't get strong whole wheat flour so ended up buying wholemeal bread flour, would that have made a difference?
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28th Feb, 2018
Thanks for your question. Yes it is important to use strong flour as the higher gluten content creates the spongy texture we associate with bread. Salt will hinder the rise so we wouldn't recommend adding much more.
16th Oct, 2016
I have a few questions... 1) Is it essential to use the honey in the recipe? 2) Is the wholemeal flour plain or self-raising? 3) Can I use canola oil instead of olive oil? Thankyou!
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31st Oct, 2016
Thank you for your questions. Sugar, or in this case honey, is often used in bread recipes to help the yeast but you can omit it. It's fine to swap the type of oil. Changing both of these ingredients will of course subtly change the flavour. The flour types suggested in this recipe are all 'strong' or 'bread' flours - these have a high gluten content which gives the bread a light texture. Plain or self-raising flours are not suitable for this recipe. Hope that helps!
19th Dec, 2015
If adding whole seeds, do I include the weight of them in the overall flour weight or just add? If included,what would be maximum ratio?
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22nd Dec, 2015
We think you could add up to 50g of seeds to this without having to remove any of the flour - just need them in to the dough before you put it in the tin. 
May Hairsine
7th Oct, 2015
What can you use in replacement of honey
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24th Oct, 2015
I was just about to ask the same thing! Bread should be fructose free in my opinion but worried I'll waste the ingredients if it's going to come out unpalatable!
27th Jan, 2015
Hi there, I have made this bread a few times using ordinary dried yeast rather than fast-action yeast and doubling the amount of yeast used. I think I may be using too much though, as the loaf turns out enormous (but still very tasty). Can you tell me the recommended amount of ordinary dried yeast to use? Also, what is the benefit to double proving? I haven't done it with this recipe and just want to be sure I don't need to. Thankyou!
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27th Jan, 2015
Hi Trista87 thanks for your question, you're absolutely right to double the amount of yeast if you're using ordinary dried and great news that the flavour is good. With regards to proving - you get a better flavour and texture if you double prove the dough but as this is a quick bread it's not really necessary. Hope this helps. 


18th Nov, 2014
A slow rise gives a better flavored loaf, overnight in fridge works well-bring back to room temp by leaving covered with oiled-cling film, dough will rise fine. Continue as per recipe. If in a hurry, yes do warm flour & bowl. Keep away from drafts when rising. Add yeast to tepid water with pinch of sugar to activate 'froth-up', this also ensures yeast is fresh. No honey? Use 1/2 tsp-1 tsp of sugar to flour in it's place. Try using 1/2 Strong Wholemeal Flour & 1/2 Strong White Flour for a lighter loaf if desired. Good basic recipe, can be adjusted easily, or varied by adding Grated Strong Cheddar, chives, saute onions, smoked paprika, pepper flakes, roasted garlic, coarse-grained mustard, etc to make a savory loaf or rolls. (Not all in one batch of dough!) Try out different variations, see which you prefer... Try adding dried fruit, toasted nuts such as pecans, raisins, sultanas, walnuts, apricots, hazelnuts with 1 tbs of sugar for a sweet fruit & nut bread, when cooled, ice top of loaf if desired. Again (Not all in one batch of dough)... I like to add raisins & pecans to make a sweet bread that's great toasted or iced with water-icing or cream-cheese icing. Hope that this helps to make some variations to a basic loaf...
16th Dec, 2013
Heat flour for 20 secons in microwave