Easy white bread

Easy white bread

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(172 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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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?
22nd Apr, 2012
Great recipe bread maker can stay in cubpoard. Like a lot of people I used three parts white and one part whole meal worked really well.
22nd Apr, 2012
I really like this bread. Its also good to add other ingredients like i added thyme and garlic to one of my loaves. I did find that 300ml of water was to much though. Dont add it all because then the dough is too sticky.
10th Apr, 2012
think twice before putting 2 tsp(14g)of salt into 500 g of flour- way too salty , even for person who use a lot
3rd Apr, 2012
Excellent bread. made 3 loaves today by hand. Replaced the flour with 400g of wholemeal, 100g white. Used warm water, plus a tsp caster sugar. 4 yr old granddaughter 'helped' - we had a whale of a time!
2nd Apr, 2012
Ive decided that I want to improve the standard of food I give my 22 month old girl, she already has a wholsome diet, or so I thought until I read what was in the supermarket bought bread I give her on a daily basis. I was shocked and so decided to try and make my own. This recipe was my first attempt and it has gone great! I feel proud that I made it with my own hands and that my daughter loves something so artificial free. Thanks again Good Food!
2nd Apr, 2012
This was my first time making bread. It was perfect first time. Now I never buy bread from the supermarket, a lot of it gets wasted and at £1.50 a go it works out expensive. Now I make three loaves for the price of a 60p bag of flour and the kids love it! There is never any left over. I leave mine to prove for at least three hours and it takes almost an hour in the oven. I LOVE this recipe!
1st Apr, 2012
This recipe is amazing! I've made this loaf loads of times and everyone always loves it. I've also recently made rolls with this recipe and they were pretty impressive too. Brilliant recipe and easy too!
27th Mar, 2012
First attempt and so far, so good. Fairly easy to make, and left the dough to rise for as long as possible. I've found that the car is an excellent place to leave it to rise, especially with the warm weather! Next time I try this recipe I will not use as much salt, as I two teaspoons is far too much.


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