Easy white bread

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PREP: 20 MINS
COOK: 25 MINS – 30 MINS
MAKES 1 LOAF

A great recipe for an electric breadmaker – or do it the traditional way

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 300ml water

Method

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  1. Mix 500g strong white flour, 2 tsp salt and a 7g sachet of fast-action yeast in a large bowl.
  2. Make a well in the centre, then add 3 tbsp olive oil and 300ml water, and mix well. If the dough seems a little stiff, add another 1-2 tbsp water and mix well.
  3. Tip onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for around 10 mins.
  4. Once the dough is satin-smooth, place it in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size or place in the fridge overnight.
  5. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Knock back the dough (punch the air out and pull the dough in on itself) then gently mould the dough into a ball.
  6. Place it on the baking parchment to prove for a further hour until doubled in size.
  7. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7.
  8. Dust the loaf with some extra flour and cut a cross about 6cm long into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.
  9. Bake for 25-30 mins until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Cool on a wire rack.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2005

By Good Food
Credit: www.bbcgoodfood.com

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