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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mdcbc2's picture
2nd May, 2013
so easy to make! :)
29th Apr, 2013
This was the best bread I have ever made! (And I've been trying to bake a good bread for over 40 years!)
12th Apr, 2013
I've made this loaf twice now and it's been perfect each time.
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11th Apr, 2013
Just making this, there are no specific instructions as to use cold or tepid water and if to cover the bowl and leave it in a warm place. I used lukewarm water and I've covered the bowl with 2 food bags as I've run out of clingfilm... I googled a video of knocking back the bread and mine looked nothing like it does in the video? I used my stand alone mixer with the dough hook attachment too... It's currently on it's second proving so will see how it shapes up after it's done and cooked. Hopefully it'll turn out right!!
8th Apr, 2013
Love this recipe, fairly easy - need to find a bigger loaf tin though!
7th Apr, 2013
I am so glad my bread machine broke as I just love making bread and this one is easy and is eaten quite quickly while a bought loaf lasts for ages and is given to the chicken, now they don't even get the crust. I use 400g of strong white flour and a 100g of seeded wholemeal flour with just a pinch of ginger. I could leave the ginger out as the loaf only lasts the day its made.
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26th Mar, 2013
Made this today - turned out brilliantly. Fluffy soft bread, which I fashioned into rolls rather than a loaf. And I did what Paul Hollywood said and used cold water. Apparently having to use warm water to activate the yeast is a total myth! And he was right! Highly recommended to anyone.
9th Feb, 2013
a really tasty loaf! i did not leave it overnight, still turned out delish!
1st Feb, 2013
Super easy! I made this recipe by hand but only used half the ingredients (the loaf turned out about the same size as my head which was plenty for me). I also added a spoon of sugar like the others mentioned. Also.... the only flour I could find was fortified cake flour! It turned out perfect and fluffy with a nice crust. Perhaps it doesn't matter what flour you use?!
28th Jan, 2013
Can anyone help. I made this bread today and it came out doughy in the middle. I followed the receipe to the letter but accidentally left out the olive oil. I proved it as per the time suggested and both times it appeared to double in size. I baked it for 30 minutes in my fan oven at 200c. I wonder if the oven was not hot enough or whether I did not bake it for long enough. I did tap the bottom and it did sound hollow. Any advice would be much appreciated as I would like to try it again.


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