Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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(169 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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maverick1966
28th Sep, 2012
5.05
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
jenniclark
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.
kayleighs
3rd Sep, 2012
5.05
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 ;)
bazouteast
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?
katie_besson
27th Aug, 2012
5.05
having your own bread at home is incredible and this is a nice, easy and delicious recipe!Luv it!
malefic
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!
arcticfoxuk
18th Aug, 2012
5.05
Took earlier suggestions of using warm water and a teaspoon of honey. And for my first try at making bread came out fantastic this is definately a recipe anyone can use :)
lizcosford
7th Aug, 2012
5.05
Excellent. First time making bread - results were excellent. Used warm water and added pinch of sugar.
vonph1
2nd Aug, 2012
5.05
Such an easy recipe, made today & plan on making again!
hummybee
13th Jul, 2012
4.05
I've not stopped baking bread since I tried this recipe. I use my k mixer and leave the dough in the fridge overnight. Makes very, very good bread. The bread from my bread maker is rubbish compared to this and it is sooooooo easy.

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