Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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(176 ratings)

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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29th Oct, 2012
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.
23rd Oct, 2012
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.
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!
5th Oct, 2012
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
28th Sep, 2012
made this too was a bit dense but sooooo easy to make the kids helped too will add 1 tsp of sugar next time as suggested but yes excellent recipe
10th Sep, 2012
I made this bread for the first time today and it turned out great. It was so easy and my kids love it! I'll definitely be making this again.
3rd Sep, 2012
Yeah ive made this bread like ten times before and its always turn out lush, fluffly, and scrummy, I LOVE THIS BREAD!!!. But also i can make it on my own because i know the reciepe by heart now so this is great fun looking at this and i will always use this recipe and this is going on my favortite list and in my recipe binder ;)
31st Aug, 2012
For me, "Knock back the dough..." and "Place it on the baking parchment to prove..." are meaningless. I don't know what either means. Why not replace with accessible desciptions so dummies like me don't have to run to Google or to a reference book?
27th Aug, 2012
having your own bread at home is incredible and this is a nice, easy and delicious recipe!Luv it!
25th Aug, 2012
If you have a slow cooker and don't mind soft crusts, put the dough in a slow cooker on high for about 2.5 to 3 hours. It proves as the slow cooker warms up and bakes after that. Lovely loaf of bread, will be trying the next loaf with some sun dried tomatoes in!


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