5 loaves of bread

kit required: five 2lb loaf tins, oiled. A huge mixing bowl or pan, which will take 2 kilos of flour.

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

If you are following our Christmas planner, you will need to make this on 22nd/23rd December.


Makes 5 loaves

1.5 kg bag of white bread flour
775g SR flour
2 x 7g sachets yeast (14g)
3 tsp salt
10g sugar
about 2 1/2 pts very warm water
A little oil to grease your tins


Warm 1.5 kg of white bread flour, with the self-raising flour in the oven on gas 1 in a large metal pan first.

Activate yeast according to instructions on packet. If your packet does not specify, activate by mixing the yeast and 1 teaspoon of 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 1/2 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 fifth of the dough into each of your 4 greased or lined loaf tins, and put them in a warm place covered with a damp tea towel, until it doubles in size. Leave the loaf tins 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.