Easy-bake bread

Easy-bake bread

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(33 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

Nutrition and extra info


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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 May, 2020
I've used this recipe twice now, once with wholemeal flour and once with white flour. I used my own sourdough/wild yeast, and made the adjustments to the water and flour. I also added seeds to the top. Both times the results were great!
12th May, 2020
So easy and delicious too.
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Trevor Clark
5th May, 2020
Followed this recipe about 4-5 times now. Makes a great bread. Really nice crust and a soft fluffy inside. Very nice indeed.
28th Apr, 2020
This is a great recipe, followed the tip about dotting with some butter before putting in the oven, put it in the oven for a minute, took it out again and then spread over the top, sprinkled with seeds and it came out a lovely golden brown colour.
8th Apr, 2020
Best bread recipe hands down. I do a lot of baking, but my bread has always been a bit of a disaster. This has changed all that. Will be using this from now on.
28th Mar, 2020
Really easy, used wholemeal flour. Light and delicious. Will definitely be making again
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 ?


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Adelaide Green
2nd May, 2020
does anyone know the calories for this bread?
25th Mar, 2020
I don’t have strong bread flour, only , plain flour and supreme sponge flour, canI use the plain flour instead
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Barney Good Food
30th Mar, 2020
Hi, unfortunately you won't get the same results but you can use the plain flour to make pizza dough or soda bread.
21st Aug, 2014
Can I use sugar instead of honey?
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Jody Davies
16th Apr, 2020
Salt kills yeast and yeast feeds off sugar. Mix the yeast with the honey or sugar and water and add the salt to the flour before mixing them all together.
4th Apr, 2020
Instead of environmentally unfriendly cling film you can use a damp tea towel over your dough while it is rising.
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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