Bread in four easy steps

Bread in four easy steps

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(98 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus rising


Cuts into 8 thick slices

Kids can help with this super-simple bread recipe. Use whichever flour you like, granary, wholemeal or white

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal231
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.63g
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  • 500g granary, strong wholewheat or white bread flour (I used granary)
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast



    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 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…

  • 1 tbsp clear honey


  1. Tip the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. Stir 300ml hand-hot water with the oil and honey, then stir into the dry ingredients to make a soft dough.

  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins, until the dough no longer feels sticky, sprinkling with a little more flour if you need it.

  3. Oil a 900g loaf tin and put the dough in the tin, pressing it in evenly. Put in a large plastic food bag and leave to rise for 1 hr, until the dough has risen to fill the tin and it no longer springs back when you press it with your finger.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Make several slashes across the top of the loaf with a sharp knife, then bake for 30-35 mins until the loaf is risen and golden. Tip it out onto a cooling rack and tap the base of the bread to check it is cooked. It should sound hollow. Leave to cool.

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30th Apr, 2012
The best bread recipe I have found, really simple, and works every time. I leave the honey out, it makes the bread quite sweet, and it still works fine.
29th Apr, 2012
First time I made it I thought it was a bit dense. Next time I knocked the dough back (as others have suggested) and proved for another hour. What a difference! Really tasty bread and so easy to make. Will definitely be making this time and time again.
25th Mar, 2012
OMG, I've just baked bread for the very first time and it turned out better then shop bought bread!!
12th Mar, 2012
Very easy to make. I've made it twice now (as 8 rolls) and found that it's fine with just one rise. I didn't bother with the honey. I used cling film to cover the tray of rolls, but would have been better if I'd oiled the film first, as it stuck to the bread. Will try it with wholemeal flour next time.
10th Mar, 2012
OMG!!! The best bread ever!!! I absolutely loved it and will make it again :))))
7th Mar, 2012
Absolutely love this recipe. Have tried it with all sorts of flours Always make a lovely loaf
19th Feb, 2012
Made a really nice loaf. Used white flour and mixed in some poppy and sunflower seeds. Delicious!
12th Feb, 2012
This was my first attempt at making bread and not bad! It was a little doughy in the middle but I think this was due to the oven not being hot enough. I would definitely make this again. I used wholemeal flour but would give it a try with grannary next time.
12th Feb, 2012
Definitely worth a second prove if you've got time. But so simple and easy that after you've made it once you'll never need to look the recipe up again. And truly delicious!
12th Feb, 2012
Made this yesterday and had it for breakfast this morning. Delicious! Can't believe i made my own bread! As others suggested, i allowed the dough a double rise. Texture is beautiful, tastes great.


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