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Simple White Loaf Bread (anyone can make)

Simple White Loaf Bread (anyone can make)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 25g fresh yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 300-400g (3-3½ cup) bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

Instructions

  1. Gently heat the milk until it is lukewarm and add in the water. Sprinkle in the yeast and sugar, stir until everything is well combined and then leave it in a warm place to activate.

  2. Add the oil to the yeast mixture and give it a good stir. In a large bowl, mix only 300g of the flour with the salt and add the liquid. Quickly stir (you don't need to be overly gentle) until you are left with a sticky dough.

  3. Turn out onto a well-floured surface and then pour a little more flour on top. Slowly fold the bread over to incorporate the flour until you have a dough that can be worked. Add flour as and when needed, and continue to knead until the dough is soft and very pliable.

  4. Place back in the bowl, cover, and leave to proof for between one and two hours, until the dough has doubled in size.

  5. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C (375ºF) and oil a small loaf tin. Knock back the dough and then form into the rough shape of the pan you are using. Cover once more and again leave to proof for around 45 minutes, just until the dough is rising above the top of the tin.

  6. Bake for around 25 minutes, until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Leave in the pan for around ten minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!