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Simple three-step bread.


500g Bread flour (white, wholemeal or granary)

18g fresh yeast (or 7g quick acting dry yeast)

1 tsp salt

300ml warm water

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp honey


Mix the flour, yeast and salt together. Add the water, oil and honey, and combine with your hands to make a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins, until the dough no longer feels sticky, sprinkling with a little more flour if you need it.

Press the dough into an oiled loaf tin, cover with cling film and leave to rise for 1 hr, until the dough has risen to fill the tin.

Heat oven to 200C (fan 180C, gas mark 6). Slashes across the top of the loaf with a sharp knife (do not put downwards pressure on the dough), then bake for 30 mins until the loaf is risen and golden. Tip it out onto a cooling rack and tap the base of the bread to check it is cooked. It should sound hollow. Leave to cool.

(Recipe adapted from