Easy white bread – Homemade crusty bread

Easy white bread

The middle boy has been baking again! This time he made us all some delicious homemade white bread and it is such an easy recipe, that you will be making it time and time again.

The smell of fresh bread is amazing, so I never stop him when he asks if he can make it again.

Homemade bread is really easy to make and the time it takes is worth it, due to the flavour and texture.

A top tip to make your homemade bread crusty on the outside is to place a tray of water on the bottom shelf while you cook the bread above it. The stem helps make the bread go crusty on the outside, but remains soft and fluffy on the inside.


easy white bread

Easy white bread - Homemade crusty bread

Delicious homemade crusty bread

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Recipe Cost £1
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Lunch
Cuisine UK, 30 minutes plus, Baking
Servings 8
Calories 266 kcal


Easy white bread

  • 500 g Strong white flour
  • 7 g Sachet of yeast
  • 40 g soft butter
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • A drizzle of either sunflower or olive oil
  • 300 ml Warm water


Easy white bread

  • Add the flour, butter, yeast and salt to a bowl and mix together.
    500 g Strong white flour, 7 g Sachet of yeast, 1.5 tsp Salt
  • Pour in around half of the water and give it a good mix together with your fingers. Continue to add the water a little bit at a time, combining the mixture and collecting all the flour from the sides of the bowl. The dough needs to be well mixed but not soggy or sticky.
    300 ml Warm water
  • Add 1 teaspoon of oil to a clean work surface, chuck the dough onto it and start kneading and folding. You will need to do this for around 5 minutes until the dough is stretchy and smooth.
  • Clean and oil your mixing bowl and place the dough back into it and cover with a damp tea towel. Let this prove for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, begin kneading it again. This will knock the air out of it.

Easy white bread - Soft on the inside and crusty on the outside

  • Place the dough onto the baking tray and cover again with the tea towel. Let it sit for around an hour, or it has doubled in size.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice cuts into the top about 1cm deep, in a diamond pattern. Cook in a preheated oven (180 fan), for about 30 minutes. You know that it is cooked when it sounds hollow and is a golden colour.

Top Tip

  • Place some water in another tray underneath the cooking bread. The steam created will help the bread develop and crisp crust.

Easy white bread


    Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 48gFat: 4.7gSaturated Fat: 2.7gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 321mgPotassium: 86mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 0.2gCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
    Keyword 30 Minutes Plus, baking, bread, homemade bread, fresh bread
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    Nutrition Facts
    Easy white bread - Homemade crusty bread
    Amount per Serving
    % Daily Value*
    Saturated Fat
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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