Bread in four easy steps

Bread in four easy steps

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(94 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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19th Jun, 2011
So easy to make, have made it twice now and both times has come out perfect! Not buying bread anymore!
16th Jun, 2011
Started making this bread last week and the whole family prefer it to shop bought bread.
16th Jun, 2011
What JeanieH said. I don't buy bread any more and also use a multiseed flour. Turns out perfectly every time.
14th May, 2011
Made this bread about 6 times now and it has never let me down used half wholemeal and half white and let it rise twice. Lovely texure it is now my favourite bread recipe
7th May, 2011
This bread is really easy to make and tastes yummy. I had to add a little more water to bind it all together. It's the first loaf I have made and I will certainly make it again. I will also experiment addings some seeds next time.
22nd Apr, 2011
What a fantastic recipe! Very easy to prepare. I followed fiona's suggestion and let the dough rise twice. Just had a wee slice whilst it was still warm (to make sure it isn't poisoned ;) ) and tastes very nice. (made wholemeal bread).
4th Apr, 2011
Absolutely delicious,used half wholemeal and half granary and allowed to rise twice.will be making lots of this bread.
27th Mar, 2011
lovely bread, used half wholemeal half white and let it have a second rise, yummy xx
15th Mar, 2011
Had a go baking my first loaf since the bread maker broke - doesn't look like we'll need to replace it!!
17th Feb, 2011
Gorgeous. Lovely texture and flavour.


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