White loaf of bread cut into slices

Easy white bread loaf

  • makes 1 loaf
  • Easy

In this classic recipe, yogurt is used to make a lighter loaf with a fluffier crumb, perfect for sandwiches and toasting

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Try our classic white bread loaf, then check out our soda bread, sourdough bread, rye bread, baguettes and more easy bread recipes.

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Ingredients

  • strong white flour 500g, plus extra for dusting
  • dried fast-action yeast 7g sachet
  • fine sea salt 2 tsp
  • natural yogurt 60g

Method

  • Step 1

    Put the flour in a large bowl, then sprinkle in the yeast and salt on either side of the bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yogurt and 300ml of hand-hot water. Mix well with clean hands to form a rough ball, then tip out onto a lightly floured worksurface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover with a clean tea towel or shower cap, and leave to rise for 1-2 hours until doubled in size. You can prove overnight in the fridge to develop extra flavour if you prefer.

  • Step 2

    Knock back the dough in the bowl, then transfer to a worksurface (you may not need any more flour, but add a light dusting if you do) and shape into a ball by pulling the edges together underneath the dough and pinching them to seal and form a smooth surface. Transfer to a baking tray. Or, you can shape the dough into an oval and transfer to a lightly buttered and floured 900g loaf tin. Cover and leave to prove for 40 minutes-1 hour until nearly doubled in size again.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Score a few lines or a cross into the bread with a sharp knife to help control the shape of the loaf as it cooks. Bake in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden and crisp, and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely before slicing.

  • Step 4

    For a really crusty loaf, heat a large, lidded casserole in the oven for 30 minutes before adding the dough on a sheet of baking paper. Put on the lid and bake for 25-30 minutes. This mimics a baker’s oven by trapping in the steam, so creates a really crisp exterior. Remove the lid for the last 5-10 minutes to get the crust golden-brown and check it sounds hollow before removing and cooling.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 190
  • Fat 1g
  • Carbs 38g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Fibre 2g
  • Protein 7g
  • Salt 1g
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