Easy White Homemade Bread Recipe

White Homemade Bread

Bring the aroma of homemade bread to your kitchen by baking fresh loaves of these favorite bread recipe. Once you've mastered this basic loaf, the bread-making world's your oyster.

Homemade Bread Recipe


Ingredients

➲500 g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
➲7 g sachet fast-action dried yeast
➲1 tsp salt
➲up to 350 ml lukewarm water
➲a little sunflower oil

Method

PREP: 20 MINS - COOK: 45 MINS

Make the dough by tipping the flour, yeast, and salt into a large bowl and making a well in the middle. Pour in most of the water and use your fingers or a wooden spoon to mix the flour and water together until combined to a slightly wet, pillowy, workable dough - add a splash more water if necessary. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for at least 10 mins until smooth and elastic. This can also be done in a tabletop mixer with a dough hook. Place the dough in a clean oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise until doubled in size.

Heat oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7. Knock back the dough by tipping it back onto a floured surface and pushing the air out. Mold the dough into a rugby ball shape that will fit a 900g loaf tin and place in the tin. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 30 mins. Dust the top of the loaf with a little more flour and slash the top with a sharp knife if you want. Bake the bread for 15 mins, then reduce the heat to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5 and continue to bake for 30 mins until the loaf sounds hollow when removed from the tin and tapped on the base. Leave the bread on a wire rack to cool completely. The loaf will stay fresh in an airtight container for 3 days or can be frozen for 1 month, for greasing

Tip: All machines differ - follow manufacturer's instructions for a basic white loaf.
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