Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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(167 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins - 30 mins Plus 2 hours proving

Easy

Makes 1 loaf
A great recipe for an electric breadmaker - or do it the traditional way

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition:

  • kcal204
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt1g
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Ingredients

  • 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
    Yeast

    Yeast

    yee-st

    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

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 300ml water

Method

  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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1016sandy
23rd Nov, 2012
5.05
I have tried to make bread on many occasions,but failed ,thought I would never make any! I bought a bread maker in the end...but even that started to fail,in the end I gave up...even bought a packet..thought I could not go wrong with that..but I did! I used this recipe and am pleased to say it was excellent! I have made my 1st loaf.i am so pleased and will defiantly be using it again..I feel so proud of myself.it came out perfect! Light and fluffy.
shirleyedge
23rd Nov, 2012
I live in Canada and we use measurements in cups. Could you please add the cup measurement in your recipes? Would help a lot. Thanks.
whitesmar
23rd Nov, 2012
A keen (home) bread baker, I can make one suggestion. However, this may not be appropriate for bread machines. I use a Kenwood Chef to mix and knead my bread. I also use REAL yeast - the light brown, putty-like stuff. For this quantity of flour, I'd use about 25g/1oz. (Although a chemist by background, when baking I prefer avoirdupois units as they're better suited. Make sure though that you stick to one or the other.) Since changing to real yeast, I've found my bread tastes that bit better and has a superb texture. Yes, it does take a little longer (and I have an emergency supply of fast-action yeast) but it takes about an extra five minutes hands-on when you knock back - the rest is just waiting for the bread to prove.
suzyhart
21st Nov, 2012
4.05
This was my first time making bread. I didn't find the recipe very clear which meant the result wasn't quite right e.g. 1) the recipe did not mention that the water should be warm. 2) more info on how to knead and for how long would have been helpful. 3) there was no explanation of what 'knocking back' meant.
nannette
13th Nov, 2012
5.05
This is really easy to make and looks delicious! However, can someone give me a tip on how to get the underneath to sound 'hollow' can i leave it upside down in the oven after baking with the oven turned off so that it may cook a little longer? Any tips gratefully received!
handsonpaws
11th Nov, 2012
5.05
I've made this about half a dozen times now, it turns out perfect every time.
msmazza
29th Oct, 2012
5.05
Excellent recipe. This was my first time making bread and I found the recipe extremely easy to follow and my bread rolls turned out excellent, I was absolutely ecstatic.
showe1
23rd Oct, 2012
5.05
I loved making bread years ago. Havent had the chance to make it for a while but have never tried it with olive oil so it will be interesting to see the difference. I will let you know the family verdict.
eddamtbd
14th Oct, 2012
First attempt at bread prompted by my 13 year old daughter. My scales don't go downt o 7g so hope i've not over done it. Stuck to the recipe as it was our first time but she still wanted to plat it. Too big for the oven then so had to cut in half. Still in there so wait and see!
sotondragon
5th Oct, 2012
5.05
This is a great simple recipe. Bit of trial and error as I used a yeast that had to be reactivated (the first loaf tasted a bit too yeasty) but that's just part of the fun. Made it with my three year old, he made mini rolls on the side. Just make sure you knead for as long as you can to start. At least 15 mins i found, it's amazing how silky it becomes. Great fun. Fresh bread...Mmmmmmmmm

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