Basic White Bread

Makes a 1 Kg loaf

From Simply Good Bread by Peter Sidwell

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white flour
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fast action/easy blend yeast or 1 sachet of dried yeast
  • 1½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 300ml water

Instructions

  1. Place the flour in a large bowl then

    add the salt, yeast and sugar. Add

    the water and use your hands to

    mix together until a smooth dough

    is formed. When it comes away from

    the bowl and onto your hands easily,

    transfer to a lightly floured surface and

    knead until smooth. (Stretch the bread

    away from you with one hand whilst

    holding it with the other. Bring it back

    towards you and repeat until smooth

    and pliable without adding any extra

    flour. This should take 5-10 minutes.)

  2. Return the dough to the bowl, cover

    and leave to prove in a warm place

    for 30-40 minutes or until it has

    doubled in size. Return the dough

    to a floured surface and knead and

    shape your loaf.

  3. Place the bread on a baking tray or into

    a loaf tin and leave to prove in a warm

    place to double in size again before

    placing into a preheated oven set at

    220°C/425°F for about 30-40 minutes.

    When ready, it will be golden on top

    and will sound hollow when tapped

    underneath.