This is the easiest bread recipe I know. I am not sure where I got it from originally but it is the one I always use as a base. I then add a few of my own items like olive oil and honey, chili flakes and onion, sea salt and rosemary and finally cheese and tomato. You can put pretty much anything in it and it allows for a smidge of wet ingredient too.
500g bread flour
1 sachet of fast action yeast (7g)
Salt – I use more than a pinch
Butter – tablespoon
300ml warm water
Optional tasty bits:
2 Tablespoons of olive oil and honey mixed in to the warm water
Put the flour, yeast and salt in a bowl. Make a little well in the middle and pour in the water bit by bit. I always start the initial mixing with a wooden spoon and then swap to hand when it is a bit firmer.
Knead for about ten minutes, it will be springy and smooth.
Let it rise till it is in double in size. I like to put my dough in a dish coated with olive oil and pop a bit on the top of the loaf too. Cover it and leave in somewhere warmish.
When you go back and check it, and it’s a big smooth ball. Take a knife and score the top. It just looks nice. If you are making a sea salt and rosemary loaf or chilli and onion sprinkle some on the top for extra flavour.
You can couple this easy bread recipe with my easy cheesy fondue and have a brilliant homemade meal with not much effort!