Easy-bake bread

Easy-bake bread

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus 1-2 hrs proving


Makes 1 large loaf
Baking homemade bread needn't be difficult - this recipe is easy to follow

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  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 300ml hand-hot water
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 tbsp honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…


  1. Tip the flour into a bowl and mix in the yeast with the salt. Stir in the water, oil and honey. Now bring together to make a soft dough – I use my hands, but a wooden spoon or knife from the cutlery drawer is fine. Tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins. It is worth putting in the time to do this as it will pay off later with lovely airy bread.

  2. Don’t keep adding flour, a wet dough is better than a dry one, which will bake to a tough texture, so if you don’t like the dough sticking to your hands, lightly oil them. If you are adding flavourings, knead them in gently now.

  3. Turn the dough into an oiled 1kg bread tin and cover with oiled cling film (or better still, a free unused shower cap from your last hotel stay!). Put in a warm place until the bread fills the tin, it should take between 1-2 hrs.

  4. Uncover and bake your bread at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 30-35 mins until golden. Tip out of the tin and tap the base of the loaf. It should sound hollow when fully cooked. If not cooked, put loaf back in the oven out of the tin and test again after 10 mins. Cool.

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18th Sep, 2019
Not made bread before but this was so easy! Followed exactly as per recipe & method and ended up with a lovely fluffy white loaf. Will definitely use again! Maybe throw some olives or rosemary into the mix and see what happens??
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Lyndsay Russell
27th Apr, 2018
Great recipe made an amazing loaf...prooved in 30 minutes though (recipe says 1-2 hours) and cooked in 15 (recipe says 35) Wish i could add a picture it looked amazing!
18th Mar, 2018
This turned out better than other recipes I've used and was much easier to make. I will use this again and have recommended it to relatives. It's so simple To make this by hand it's probably even easier than using a bread maker.
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Kathleen Cole
19th Jan, 2018
Going to try this bread recipe,can you mix it in a mixer with the dough hook ?
Andrej Stopar
18th Mar, 2017
Great recipe, made two smaller loafs with different toppings and cooked for about 22min.. Both turned out superb! Definitely making it again.
8th Apr, 2016
Made it yesterday..I tried to make bread before too..but with this recipe, the bread came out very nice and with a great texture..everyone loved it..thank you..!!!
30th Mar, 2016
Made this over the weekend. Really easy and I let my machine do the hard work. It was tasty and kept well. Will make it again and freeze it this time. Everyone praised it.
20th Dec, 2015
Have just made this for the first time today and was really please with the result. Placed ingredients in my stand mixer and let it do the work for ten minutes. Placed it in a 2 lb tin and left it to prove. It was ready for the oven in just fifty minutes. Thirty five minutes in the oven and the result a lovely white loaf. Tasty and light. My best effort at bread making by far. A definite keeper. Will make again.
3rd Jun, 2015
This was my first bread-making adventure and it was great! The dough was very wet and sticky, and often got stuck to my hands and the countertop . However, it turned out wonderfully. The inside had the air pockets and texture of an English muffin. (or just muffin? American here.) It was a good, thick bread and was perfect for soaking up beef stew or as toast with butter and jam.
16th Mar, 2015
I've today tried this recipe using Rape Seed oil as I didn't have the vegetable oil, and added dried Rosemary near the end of kneeding . I cooked the bread at 180 fan forced for 35mins & the result is a wonderfully textured crusty white loaf which has been thoroughly enjoyed by my husband & I. This is not the first loaf that I have hand made, however, it is now my No1 recipe. Thank you for sharing it.


21st Aug, 2014
Can I use sugar instead of honey?
Rosemary Flowers
21st Jun, 2016
I lightly spray the loaf with milk 5 minutes before I put it in the oven. It gives a lovely crispy crust to the bread. It also makes it easier to cut when very fresh.
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