Meals and Courses

Simple White Loaf

prep Time 3–4 hours, depending on machine
  • 275 ml (9 fl oz) water
  • 30 g (1¼ oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 475 g (15 oz) strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoons fast-action dried yeast

Lift the bread pan out of the machine and fit the blade. Put the ingredients in the pan, following the order specified in the manual.

Fit the pan into the machine and close the lid. Set to a 750 g (1¼ lb) loaf size on the basic white programme. Select your preferred crust setting.

At the end of the programme lift the pan out of the machine and shake the bread out on to a wire rack. Dust the top with a little extra flour and leave to cool.

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