Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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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



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

  • 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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5th Jan, 2012
I have never made bread before and this was so easy to do, I took the bread out just before 25 mintes and it was a little doughy when you ate it which was just how I like it. It was absolutely gorgeous and vet satisfying to do
2nd Jan, 2012
I was very impressed with this, and I decided to put a bit of wholemeal in it, and it worked really well.
1st Jan, 2012
First time I have ever made bread the traditional way and it worked perfectly.
29th Dec, 2011
This is so easy to make and tastes delicious - if i can make it then anyone can!!
27th Dec, 2011
Perfect bread recipe. Baked for 25 mins and a perfect finish - slight crush but not too chewy. Family loved it as part of boxing day buffet!
19th Dec, 2011
Great tasting bread, I found that by upping the water by an extra 30ml gave an even lighter bread. No need to buy shop bread anymore. Also great therapy for my arthritic hands!
13th Dec, 2011
Fabulous, easy recipe. This is the first time I have ever attempted bread and I was so pleased I took it to family and friends ( thus didn't last long) I will be experimenting with this but wondered if anyone could clarify regarding leaving to prove over night. Do I knock it back then leave for an hour in the morning or does it just prove the once overnight? Any help gratefully recieved
11th Dec, 2011
Tried this one and was delighted, have stopped buying shop bread and now make all my own. Rolls are great too using same mix. I do add 1 tsp sugar as found this better. Only problem is everyone keeps popping in for a sandwich.
4th Dec, 2011
My first attempt at bread making by hand, it came out really well - I did half the quantity of salt and will try a second batch with a little sugar in as others have mentioned - I would welcome any suggestions for my next go either white or brown bread.
1st Dec, 2011
I am amazed - I followed the recipe and ended up with a delicious loaf of bread - something I have never achieved before. My other half is delighted and managed to eat half of it (good going as it is a large loaf) in one sitting! Easy and delicious definitely one to try again!


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