About this recipe:This is a quick and simple recipe for a white bread loaf. It's beautiful brown crust and white centre are just delightful. This bread goes along tastefully with soup of any kind. It's also cheap and quick to make with such a simple recipe. Perfect for lunch time.
Add the flour and salt to a large bowl, stir in the sugar and yeast, then rub in the oil or butter. Add enough water (you may need less than 300ml) and mix to for a soft dough.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for up to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Shape the dough on a baking tray or place in a tin, cover and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size for 20 to 35 minutes.
Preheat oven to 230 C / Gas 8.
Bake the loaf for 15 minutes at 230 C, then reduce oven temperature to 200 C / Gas 6 and bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bread is risen and golden brown.
You can mix it up a bit by using part wholemeal flour, part plain flour to make the loaf become brown bread. Also try adding some seeds in to the bread mix such as sunflower seeds. Another option is glazing the outer part of the bread with egg and sprinkling some seeds on the outside such as poppy seeds or oats.