This easy white loaf recipe requires no bread machine. Instead, this bread is baked in the oven in a round casserole or Dutch oven. It has a nice crusty top and is really soft inside. This is a versatile bread that you can serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
I like to start preparing bread the night before and leave it to rise overnight. The next morning, I just have to leave it to prove once more before baking it in the oven. If I get up early enough this means fresh homemade bread for breakfast for everyone which is always popular.
You can knead the dough by hand or use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. There is no fancy equipment required except that I have a proving basket such as the one below which has become invaluable as it keeps the dough to the perfect shape and also prevents the dough from drying out.
Homemade bread contains less salt and unnecessary ingredients (such as preservatives) usually found in store-bought bread. I often prefer making my own bread, especially at the weekend.
After discovering a few years ago that “two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK contain pesticide residues and hundreds of loaves also showed that 25% contained residues of more than one pesticide” I now always use organic flour when making bread.
This easy white loaf recipe has become a family favourite and the kids really enjoy making it too.
If you prefer a whole grain alternative, why not try my Seeded Wholemeal Bread made from a mix of organic wholemeal and white flours with sunflower, pumpkin, flax and chia seeds.