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Simple White Loaf
Master this simple bread recipe and you'll conquer any loaf. You don't have to use butter but it does give a soft, light texture and a golden finish.
Makes 1 loaf
- 500g strong white flour, have a little bit extra for dusting
- 1 tsp salt
- 30g butter, softened
- 7g easy bake yeast
Total time required
- Preparation time:
- Cooking time:
- Other time: 1 hour for rising
You will require 350ml warm water for this recipe.
- Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until well incorporated. Stir in the yeast.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour and gradually pour in the water. Mix with your fingers until the dough comes together then transfer to a lightly floured worktop and knead for 10-15 minutes until the dough is smooth and springy.
- Form into a ball and place on a lined baking tray. Cover with lightly oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size – this will take about 1 hour.
- Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6. Using a serrated knife, make 4 slashes to form a square on the top (don’t stab the dough).
- Dust with flour then bake for 35-40 minutes until risen and golden – the loaf should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.