Basic White Bread

Preparation time 25 minutes, plus 2 1/2 hours to rise and prove,
Cooking time 30 - 40 minutes,
Oven temperature 230°C, 450°F, gas 8,
Total calories 2615


makes 1 loaf
15 g (1/2 oz) dried yeast
1 teaspoon caster sugar
300 ml (1/2 pint) warm water
150 ml (1/4 pint) warm milk
675 g (1 1/2 lb) strong plain white flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
25 g (1 oz) butter
beaten egg to glaze
kibbled wheat to sprinkle


1. Grease a 1 kg (2 lb) loaf tin.

2. Place the yeast, sugar, water and milk in a jug, mixing well. Leave in a warm place until frothy, about 10 minutes.

3. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter. Add the yeast liquid and mix to a smooth dough. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

4. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

5. Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface, knock back to release all air bubbles and knead again for 5 minutes. Shape the dough to fit the tin.

6. Place in the tin, glaze the loaf with beaten egg and sprinkle with kibbled wheat. Cover with oiled cling film and leave to prove (the second rising) for about 1 hour.

7. Remove the cling film. Bake in a hot oven for 30 - 40 minutes. Cook on a wire rack.

Cook's Tip
Easy blend yeast is widely available. This fine-textured, dried yeast is stirred into the dry flour, then the liquid is mixed in and the bread made as for the main recipe.

What did you think?

69 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

posted by adnan @ 01:14PM, 10/22/08
It was an absolutely stunning recipe, had to make it for our year 10 chemistry lesson. My chemistry teacher loved it. Thank you
posted by Bread Girl @ 04:22AM, 11/16/08
It was help
Thank you mine tasted fab
Loved it
I will make another batch later
Recipe bread
posted by Suzy @ 10:06AM, 1/23/09
Wow, im amazed
and i agreeee with gertrude
posted by gertrude @ 10:06AM, 1/23/09
This recipe is a life saver i absoultel LOVE it!!! if it wasn't for this recipe I WOULD DIE!!!!! thankyou soooooooooooooo much i love you all peace out!
Nice bread
posted by piratemonkey @ 03:39AM, 4/15/09
I made this and it was good. My girlfriend loved it!!!!
posted by Shaun @ 07:18AM, 4/22/09
Very nice, i like yeasty bread so that didnt bother me. Also easy to make (admittedly using dough hooks for the initial mix) considering I am a novice baker and typical bloke :-)
The bread
posted by Emzie f @ 12:40PM, 9/14/09
Very tastey and delicous my family loved it
Magic Mix
posted by Keith. Santa Pola. Spain @ 10:15AM, 9/19/09
I have been baking bread for a long time, this is a very good recipe,but I used it to make 16 Lancashire muffins, and using a Kenwood, 5 minutes with the dough hook, 1 hour to rise in aired oven,1 minute knock back in the mixer with the hook,form into muffin rounds, 20 minutes 2nd rise in the oven, 10 minutes out of the oven whilst oven heats to 200c, 12 minutes to bake, EXCELLENT.
White buns
posted by Hannah @ 04:01PM, 5/06/10
We did it Magic Mix way and it was lovely. We've been trying different recipes and so far this is the best!
Half way through making it
posted by Ken "upyerkilt" Godwin fae balloch @ 01:58PM, 12/23/10
Brilliant!! I am saying that and I have not even put it in the oven yet! it is sitting for it's last hour of rising.
I tried making yeastless bread last week and it was ok but a bit heavy.
The dough just now has turned out exactly as the recipe says.
Only thing i am not too sure about right now is how hot is a " hot oven" ? by the time anyone replies to this I will already have it in at gas mark 6. I think that will be hot enough.
hanx for the recipe

gas 6 400 200 moderately hot gas 7 425 220 hot
What happond?
posted by matty 400 @ 07:26AM, 3/30/11
The best bread i have had in years and my family loves it but the frist time i did it it was soggy at the bottem what went wrong?
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