Basic White Loaf


  • 500g/14oz strong white bread flour
  • 7g sachet quick action dried yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil



  1. Tip flour into mixing bowl and stir yeast into it. Add salt and sugar.
  2. Into a jug, pour 100ml boiling water and add 200ml of cold to it. Add oil.
  3. Add water and oil mixture to the dry ingredients and mix either a fork or with an electric mixer with dough hook. Knead by hand for 10 mins or 5 mins for electric mixer.
  4. Leave for 1 hour in the mixing bowl covered with a tea towel in a warm place. It should double in size.
  5. Tip dough onto a floured surface. Knead for a couple of mins to remove air bubbles.
  6. Shape into a round, or 6 rolls, place on an oiled baking sheet (no need to oil if using stoneware) and make slash with a sharp knife if in a round. Cover and rise for 30 mins.
  7.  Heat oven to 220C/gas mark 8. Bake for 30 mins if a loaf and 20 mins if making rolls, until browned and crisp.

You can put this in a large loaf tin at step 6 if you prefer a more popular shape.

One thought on “Basic White Loaf

  1. Hi Jacky,

    Been contemplating making my own bread for a while now, and I guess practice makes perfect.
    Brilliant website :) Straight forward no fuss down to earth goodness! Love it.


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