For 1 small loaf
- 250g strong white bread flour
- 150ml warm water
- 3.5g yeast
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 1.5 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp olive oil
To start, sieve your flour into a large mixing bowl and add in the yeast, sugar and salt. Give this a bit of a mix and combine everything together
Next we want to add in our wet ingredients, add the oil and then the water to this. You can either use a dough hook or get messy with your hands and really mix this together.
Once we have this all mixed add some oil to a work surface and pour the mix onto the surface.
We now need to knead this dough for around 10 mins, if the dough appeared to be a bit too wet you can add small amounts of flour to help.
Once this feels nice and smooth, transfer this to a bowl that has been lightly oiled and cover it with some cling film or saran wrap.
Its now time for the first rise, leave this in a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
We then need to knock the dough back with around 5 more minutes of kneading. This dough can now be shaped into something that is about the same size as your loaf tin.
You can now put the dough in the tin and leave this for another short rise of about 30 mins
Preheat your oven to 200F / 180 Fan / Gas Mark 6
When the oven is pre-heated, you can score the top of the loaf. This will help the bread to expand. It also makes your bread look pretty good!
Cook in the middle of your oven for around 30 - 35 mins
When it is done take the bread out of the tin and tap the bottom. It should sound hollow inside. This is the sign of a cooked loaf.
You then need to allow this to cool on wire rack for 15 mins before slicing into it.