Basic White Loaf

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves10
  • DifficultyEasy
450g strong white bread flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried yeast or 5g fresh yeast
275ml hand hot water
2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil

Preheat the oven to 200°C / gas mark 6.

If using fresh yeast, ferment by placing in a small bowl with sugar and a few tablespoons of warm water and leaving for ten minutes in a warm place.

Place the flour in a large bowl. Sprinkle over the sugar and salt and mix in.

With your hands, mix in the water and the oil. Turn onto a floured board and knead well, for about ten minutes.

Oil the bowl and then pop the dough back in. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for 90 minutes until doubled in size.

After this time, knock the dough back (knocking the air out) and knead again for five minutes.

Either place in a loaf tin or shape, and place on a baking sheet in a warm place to prove for 20 minutes.

Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown and hollow when tapped.

Basic White Loaf

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