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
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • 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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choccylab's picture
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.
20th Jan, 2013
Made this bread today and was really pleased with the results! I have tried to make other breads before which resembled house bricks! For this recipe I used 2/3 boiling water with 1/3 cold to make up the 300ml adding 1tsp of sugar to this mix, don't use all boiling water though or you will kill the yeast! Love this thank you!
13th Jan, 2013
I have never had sucess before when baking bread but used my kenwood mixer with dough hook. So easy to make so made two. Thanks
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5th Jan, 2013
I've tried loads of bread recipes but always come back to this one, It works every time and tastes great.
4th Jan, 2013
Amazing, I never thought I would be able to make bread, so I'm really chuffed with how well this turned out. I used "very strong white flour" and left it in the fridge overnight. The only problem was I used greaseproof paper and it stuck to the bottom, but that was my error so the recipe is not to blame. It's come out looking a lot like a loaf that costs £3/4 from the posh bakery around the corner from me, but tastes so much better :) Will definitely be making this on a regular basis.
15th Dec, 2012
I used 50:50 milk and warm water
15th Dec, 2012
I love this recipe, realy simple and don't need many ingredients. Make it every saturday with a little variation each time. My fravorite is adding a raw diced red onion to the dough just before going in the oven, mild taste and the bread is realy moist when eaten straight out the oven. GREAT RECIPE.


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