Single white bread loaf

    2 hours 55 min

    Seen quite a few recipes that will make two medium or large loaves of bread, but not many that make one good sized loaf of really lovely bread, so here is mine.


    Yorkshire, England, UK
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    Serves: 8 

    • 320ml warm water
    • 20 to 50g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon dried active baking
    • 500g strong white bread flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus a dash more)

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:2hr proofing  ›  Ready in:2hr55min 

    1. Warm the water so it is a little more than body temp (so it feels warm but not hot). Add the sugar and yeast and stir or whisk until dissolved. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes somewhere warm until the top looks foamy.
    2. Put the flour, salt and oil into mixing bowl then add the water mix. Mix until all combined, then knead for at least 10 minutes.
    3. Put a decent dash of oil into a clean bowl, then drop the dough mixture into it and cover with cling film or a tea towel and place somewhere warm (windowsill in direct sunlight, in front of fire, etc.) for an hour until doubled in size.
    4. Tip out onto floured work top and knead gently again to knock it back a little, then place it into a large loaf tin and leave for 30 minutes. Dust the top with a little flour.
    5. Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 2/3 to 180 C / Gas 4.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown and a hollow sound can be heard when the base is tapped. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before cutting. Enjoy with butter.


    If you don't have a tin then you can just put it onto a flat sheet, but it may (will) spread.

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    Delicious. Will make again and again. edit: I need to add an edit. I now regularly make this bread. I've made about 4 loaves of it since finding the recipe. I'm quite satisfied with it  -  02 Feb 2016


    woohoo !, At last a bread i can actually bake, after several fails, including one that looked more flat bread than loaf, this one turned out perfect, tastes beautiful and so easy to make. definitely added to my recipe collection,  -  29 May 2017


    A lovely loaf of bread, well worth the little effort it takes to make.  -  18 Sep 2015