Olive Oil Bread

This is a lovely, easy to make white loaf. I first saw this recipe on BBC’s Good Food by Mary Cadogan. It was such an easy recipe and it tasted so good that I never looked anywhere else for my perfect white loaf.

Olive Oil Bread

A lovely white loaf


  • 7g sachet easy-blend yeast
  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

You will also need a kitchen mixing machine and a dough hook.

To Bake:

Add the flour to a large mixing bowl, then stir on the yeast. Add the salt and sugar.

Pour 100ml boiling water in to a jug and top up with cold water to make 300ml. Add the oil.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid all at once. Mix quickly using a dough hook, when the dough is smooth, cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave it to rest for 1hr. The dough is ready when it springs back when you press it with your finger.

Heat oven to 220C.

Tip dough onto a floured surface, knead to remove air bubbles. Shape into a round, place on an oiled baking sheet and slash top with sharp knife making 3 diagonal lines. Cover and rise for 30 mins. Uncover and bake for 30-35 mins until browned and crisp.


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