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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10th Jul, 2012
I love this recipe! We'd run out of normal olive oil so I used truffle flavoured olive oil instead which gave it a nice flavour. It's a pretty fail safe recipe and easy to follow, with great results!
1st Jul, 2012
Oh just to say I did use warm water not cold!!!!!
1st Jul, 2012
Great I'm a bloke never made bread before first time I had a go with this method and it worked very well great fun too....:)
25th Jun, 2012
Great recipe! I use warm water and no other changes. Sometimes instead of dusting with flour before I bake, I brush egg wash over it to give it a nice golden colour and crisper crust.
24th Jun, 2012
Awesome recipe, I gave a bit twist to it. Added chopped green chilies and Coriander leaves for flavor. It tastes good with extra virgin olive oil.
13th Jun, 2012
Brilliant! + Simple to Make. + Came out Great. - Too much Salt (For our Taste). -- Maybe just a Pinch of Salt Instead. + Added 2 tsp of Sugar. (As-well as Salt).
3rd Jun, 2012
Very easy and very tasty.....I'm very proud of myself! A must recipe for everyone!
29th May, 2012
This turned out great! The prep time was only about 10 mins and it rose so well! I will definatly be doing it again! :)
18th May, 2012
I now know this recipe without looking and it has always given me perfect bread every time.
15th May, 2012
Any ideas anyone as to the proving over night? Do I just prove the once overnight or do I knock it back again in the morning and leave for another hour?


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