Easy white bread

A great recipe for an electric breadmaker – or do it the traditional way

Easy white bread


    • STEP 1

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

    • STEP 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.

    • STEP 3

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

    • STEP 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.

    • STEP 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.

    • STEP 6

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

    • STEP 7

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

    • STEP 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.

    • STEP 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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