Bread in 4 easy steps:
500g strong white, granary, bread or strong wholemeal flour
7g sachet yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
- 1. Tip the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. Stir 300ml hand-hot water with the oil, then stir into the dry ingredients to make soft dough.
- 2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, until the dough no longer feels sticky, sprinkling with a little more flour if you need it.
- 3. Oil a tin and put the dough in the tin, pressing it in evenly. Put in a large plastic food bag and leave to rise for 1 hr, until the dough has risen to fill the tin and it no longer springs back when you press it with your finger.
- 4. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Make several slashes across the top of the loaf with a sharp knife, and then bake for 30-35 minutes 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.