In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the oil, margarine, salt and 200g flour; stir well to combine. Mix in the remaining flour, 50g at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a loaf. Place the loaf into a lightly greased 450g loaf tin. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool in pan 5 minutes and then turn out onto rack and cool completely.
This so easy and a great result but I do cut corners and after proving the yeast with the sugar in water for 10 minutes, I then add it that to all other ingredients in Kitchenaid bowl and mix with dough hook attachment for 5 minutes before proving as suggested in recipe. I have always had excellent results using this more straightforward method. - 25 Dec 2012
thanks so much for this recipe. We struggle to get hard dough bread since we moved out of London and its one of my hubbys favourites. He is a very happy man tonight. I also made this in my kitchenaid which is great for kneading. Thanks again - 16 Apr 2013