Simple Homemade White Bread Recipe

Learn how to make a delicious white bread loaf in several easy steps without the need for a bread maker or loaf tin. Quick and simple with minimal ingredients.


  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Loaf Tin: Optional
  • Prepping Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 - 30 Minutes (2 hours proving)
  • Temperature 220°C / Fan 200°C / Gas Mark 7
  • Quantity: 1 Loaf
  • Freezable: Yes


  • 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 7g fast-action yeast sachets
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 300ml water


  1. Mix 500g strong white flour, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp salt and a 7g sachet of fast-action yeast in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Create a well in the centre of the dough, then add 3 tbsp olive oil and 300ml water, mix thoroughly either by hand or machine.

    If the dough seems a little stiff, add another 1-2 tbsp water and mix well to achieve the perfect consistency.

  3. Add the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for around 10 minutes.

  4. Once the dough is smooth, place it in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film or a reusable silicone lid. Leave to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size or you can place it in the fridge overnight.

  5. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Knockback the dough before folding the dough back in on itself, this helps to remove the air then gently mould the dough into a ball.

  6. Place it on the baking paper to prove for a further hour until doubled in size.

  7. Pre-heat oven to 220°C / fan 200°C / Gas 7

  8. Using a knife cut a cross about 6cm long into the top of the loaf. Then dust a light sprinkling of flour using a sieve.

  9. Place the raw dough into the oven and bake for 25-30 mins until golden brown. Once you have reached the perfect browning simply place or remove the loaf and leave to cool on a wire rack.

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