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Plain White Loaf

2.9/5 rating (96 votes)
  • Makes: 1 loaf
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Chilling time: 15-20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Plain White Loaf

This is something your mother or even grandmother would to do all the time but today it's a bit of a rarity, hopefully now we all have a little more time on our hands you can rediscover the joy of baking. It's so easy and so much fun.


  • 600g strong white flour
  • 1 level tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp any oil
  • 1 x 7g sachet dried yeast
  • 300mls warm water, roughly

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  • Place the flour, salt and oil into a mixer and bring together.
  • Add the yeast and enough warm water form a soft dough, mix well untilk the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl and the gluten is now forming a stretchy dough.
  • Tip onto a floured surface and knead well for 5 minutes.
  • Return the dough to the bowl and cover with film and leave to double in size.
  • Meanwhile pre heat the oven to 220C Gas 7.
  • Once doubled in size, remove the film and tip onto the floured surface again.
  • Now this time just gently knead, but not too roughly just for a few seconds, just to bring together.
  • Form into a sausage shape roughly the length of a 2lb loaf tin, then fold the edges under.
  • Pop into the tin and press into the sides and bottom.
  • Recover with film and leave again to rise till just under double in size.
  • Dust the risen loaf in a little flour.
  • Make 3 diagonal slashes across the loaf and pop into the oven.
  • Bake until well risen and browned, probably 15-20 minutes.
  • Once cooked remove from then tin and leave to cool completely before trying to slice.