Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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(172 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

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    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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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.
rbisney
12th Jul, 2012
I have just made this bread and i used my kitchen-aid dough hook to kneed the dough. However its not rising and i don't know what i did wrong. The dough needed till it was pale and smooth but no rise :( i used warm water and a bit of sugar but it hasn't helped :( does any one know what i could have done wrong ???
laurelesp
10th Jul, 2012
5.05
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!
swat0155
1st Jul, 2012
5.05
Oh just to say I did use warm water not cold!!!!!
swat0155
1st Jul, 2012
5.05
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....:)
meecro128
25th Jun, 2012
5.05
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.
mprathu
24th Jun, 2012
4.05
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.
bwh-vex
13th Jun, 2012
5.05
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).
jjclarke
3rd Jun, 2012
5.05
Very easy and very tasty.....I'm very proud of myself! A must recipe for everyone!
degram123
29th May, 2012
5.05
This turned out great! The prep time was only about 10 mins and it rose so well! I will definatly be doing it again! :)

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