home made bread

homemade bread

kit required: Four 2lb loaf tins, oiled. A huge mixing bowl or pan, which will take a 1.5 lb bag of flour.

oven: Bake for 25mins at 200C/180C fan/gas 6


Makes 4 loaves

1.5 kg bag of white bread flour
15g Allinson’s yeast
3 tsp salt
teaspoon sugar
about 2 1/4 pts very warm water
A little oil to grease your tins


Warm 1.5 kg bag of white bread flour in the oven on gas 1 first.

Activate 15g yeast according to instructions on packet. If your packet does not specify, activate by mixing the yeast and the sugar in a small cup of hand-hot water, leaving it until it forms a foamy head as is shown in the picture.

The water temperature should be between 105° F. and 115° F. Use an instant read thermometer if you have one, if not, test the water against the inside of your wrist by holding it under the tap it should feel very warm but not hot.

Add salt to the warmed flour.

Add about 2 1/4 pts warm water (including the water in which you activated the yeast), gradually til you get a not too slippy dough.

Mix by hand, or with a spoon. No need to knead.

Put a quarter of the dough into 4 greased or lined loaf tins. Silicone loaf tins are great if you have these already.

Leave in a warm place to rise for 40 ish mins til dough peeks about 1 cm above the top of the tin.

Bake for 25 mins on gas mark 6, or until browned on top and sounds hollow when tapped with a knuckle.

NB if you are cooking fewer than 4 loaves, always use at least 10g yeast even if you reduce all the other quantities. i.e if you try to quarter all the measurements, don't go lower than 10g of yeast.

If you are following our meal planner, we have assumed you are getting 15 slices out of each loaf.

nutritional information

This recipe contains per meal (including side dishes):
(K)calories- 82
protein (g)- 3
fat (g)-1
sat fat (g)- 0
carb (g)- 16
5 a day portions- 0
fibre (g)- 1
salt (g)- 0
calcium (mg)- 28
iron (mg)- 0