Easy white bread

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  • 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 300ml water


  • Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, then add the oil and water, and mix well. If the dough seems a little stiff, add 1-2 tbsp water, mix well then tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead. Once the dough is 
  • satin-smooth, place it in a lightly-oiled bowl. Leave to rise for 
  • 1 hour until doubled in size or place in the fridge overnight.
  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Knock back the dough, then gently mould the dough into a ball. 
  • Place it on the baking parchment to prove for a further hour until doubled in size.
  • Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Dust the loaf with flour and cut a cross about 6cm long into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Cool on a wire rack.

Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food 

Related categories: Cakes and bakes Recipes

Last edited:25 October 2019 at 15:20

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