Gran's White Loaf

    1 hour 20 min

    This recipe was never written down (that I know of) until my Gran shared it with me when she was in her nineties. It always turns out perfectly for me, so I wanted to share it. It makes 3 loaves, so you might want to freeze one or two of them.

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    Serves: 36 

    • 750ml (1 1/4 pints) warm water
    • 3 tablespoons dried active baking yeast
    • 3 teaspoons salt
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 100g (4 oz) caster sugar
    • 1kg (2 1/4 lb) bread flour

    Prep:40min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. In a large bowl, combine warm water, yeast, salt, oil, sugar and 3/4 of the flour. Mix thoroughly, and let rise until doubled in size.
    2. Gradually add remaining flour, kneading until smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl, and turn several times to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled.
    3. Punch down the dough, let it rest a few minutes. Divide dough into three equal parts. Shape into loaves, and place in three 20x10cm (8x4 in) greased loaf tins. Let rise until almost doubled.
    4. Bake at 180 C / Gas mark 4 for 35 to 45 minutes. The loaves may need to be covered for the last few minutes with aluminium foil to prevent excess browning.

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    Made it healthier. I am a big fan of this recipe, but I no longer add the sugar - I find its too sweet with it and omitting it does not prevent it from rising.  -  28 Nov 2009


    Something else. Yummy bread and so easy in a mixer. I like to put the loaves in tins and place them in the freezer before they rise. Then I can have home baked bread any day I want. Just leave the frozen dough out in the morning to rise all day and bake it in the evening. This bread tastes good with everything, but be careful, it goes quick!  -  14 Jul 2008


    Something else. This bread was delicious. There are only two of us so three loaves was too much. I cut the dough in thirds like the recipe says and used two for bread, and the third for a pizza base. I spread it out on a baking tray greased lightly with oil and let it rest for about fifteen minutes. I put my toppings on and baked it for 30 min. till the crust was browned. It was delicious. Will definately use this again.  -  14 Jul 2008