White bread sliced on a wooden chopping board

Easy white bread

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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

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Nutrition: per slice (10 slices)

  • 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

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 300ml water


  1. Mix 500g strong white flour, 2 tsp salt and a 7g sachet of fast-action yeast in a large bowl.

  2. Make a well in the centre, then add 3 tbsp olive oil and 300ml water, and mix well. If the dough seems a little stiff, add another 1-2 tbsp water and mix well.

  3. Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for around 10 mins.

  4. Once the dough is satin-smooth, place it in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size or place in the fridge overnight.

  5. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Knock back the dough (punch the air out and pull the dough in on itself) then gently mould the dough into a ball.

  6. Place it on the baking parchment to prove for a further hour until doubled in size.

  7. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.

  8. Dust the loaf with some extra flour and cut a cross about 6cm long into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.

  9. 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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7th Jan, 2020
Simple and easy as the title suggests. The bread came out really nice -- not too dense, and with a nice taste. I'll be making this again.
a i s l i n g
10th Dec, 2019
Really great recipe! I’ve been using this for years and it always turns out fantastic.
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20th Nov, 2019
Brilliant bread recipe. Used warm water for the dough and added water to a hot tray in the oven to create a bit of steam. Not sure if this made a difference but the bread was wonderful
28th Sep, 2019
First time I made it, absolutely amazing. Used 1tsp of salt as suggested. Second time, a total fail. Why bread, why?!!!!!
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Rhianne Gray
21st Sep, 2019
Havent made bread before, this recipe turned out great! Very proud of my bread.
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Louise Chappell
20th Sep, 2019
I've just started making bread myself and the crust is always hard , how do I get it softer please?
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Berry Crumble
30th Jan, 2020
If you really don't like it you can cover it with a tea towel after you take it out of the oven as it cools. The steam will soften the crust :) normally works for me
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Linda Allchin
20th Sep, 2019
Brilliant recipe. I use warm water and half a teaspoon of salt. My latest had cheese and onion in them and they were delicious, probably the tastiest bread i have ever eaten. I am totally hooked.
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Susie Johnstone
15th Jul, 2019
Made two lovely loaves in my halogen oven using this recipe....perfect! I did not add sugar and followed recipe exactly as shown and with cold water....no problem at all with them rising. Will be sticking with this as my regular loaf.
29th Jun, 2019
This turned out beautifully. It tasted like a crusty French loaf. I am making it again today. I used only the one teaspoon of salt and another tip - I put a pan of water at the bottom of the oven when I switched on the oven to ensure a crunchy crust. Cooked it for 30 mins.


23rd Nov, 2019
A great recipe for an electric breadmaker So where are the instructions for a bread maker ??
25th Nov, 2019
Thank you for pointing this out, the tip for the breadmaker seems to have disappeared, we will reinstate it. The instruction on the original recipe says to put all the ingredients into the breadmaker and then follow the instructions for the bread maker you own.
5th Sep, 2019
I an a new comer to bread baking, can you please tell how large the Easy white Bread recipe will be in height, will it fill the 2lb tin and if I want to scale this recipe up for a 3lb loaf what formula do I apply to the ingredients.
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9th Sep, 2019
Thanks for your question. As you are new to bread making we'd definitely suggest following the recipe as above to ensure the results are good. We haven't tested the recipe in a tin or scaled it to a larger size so would not be able to guarantee results.
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Cheryl Donnor W...
1st Apr, 2019
Hi i have made this bread and it's delicious. But i am wondering if the nutritional info is per loaf or per slice ? Anybody know the answer ?
goodfoodteam's picture
11th Apr, 2019
Thanks for your question - it's per slice based on 10 slices in a loaf.
20th Nov, 2018
Normally I use sugar in my bread maker recipes (food for the yeast) but this recipe does not need sugar. Is that correct? and What temperature should the water be? Cold or warm?
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20th Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. This is because it is fast-action yeast so does not need to be activated with sugar and lukewarm water. You can simply use water from the cold tap for this recipe.
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Sally Tucker
12th Nov, 2018
I live in Brunei and can only get 'Dry Yeast' will this matter to how the bread will come out?
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Nov, 2018
Thanks for your question. If there is only dry active yeast available, you will need to double the quantity and dissolve it in warm water with a teaspoon of sugar to get it going. You can add it to the 300ml water that's needed for this recipe. It will start to bubble when it is activated, then you pour it in as above in step 2.


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Jack Butterworth
2nd Feb, 2019
I cook this in a Dutch oven, covered for 20 minutes, then open for 30. I also leave a dish of hot water in the oven, to create a little steam, which I think leads to a good crust! Perfect every time (so far!)
23rd Jan, 2017
Use warm water for a better dough
17th Jan, 2016
Great except as being a trained cook, you need sugar to feed the yeast, you will get a much better rise on the two occasions you need this, makes a lighter loaf. Don't leave out the fat content, it is very little compared to commercial loaves
17th Jan, 2018
being a baker you dont need sugar
10th Nov, 2013
i didn't leave the dough overnight and it worked delicious. also once you've cooked the bread, i think its tastiest when left overnight. a bit of cooling somehow really brings out the flavour.
21st Jun, 2013
I'm 16 and have just made a new cooking blog and have made my first post on making a loaf of bread and tips to take when making it like for example putting the flour in the oven will help with the rising of the dough, would love it if you checked it out and following would help me massively! please and thank you: asqueezemorelemon.blogspot.co.uk
17th Jan, 2016
Give it another 20 years and you might be able to do a blog
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