Simple White Loaf Recipe (makes 1 medium loaf)
375g plain white flour
7g packet of dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
15ml vegetable oil (plus a splash more for greasing the tin)
210g warm waterOptional garnishes: fennel seeds, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds etc.
1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Knead (knock about a bit!) for 15 minutes. Grease a Victoria sponge tin with a little vegetable oil. Put the kneaded dough into the greased tin, cover with a damp cloth, and put in a warm place for 2 hours to prove.
2. Preheat the oven to 200C. Put the bread tin in a roasting tin, with 200ml of water in it (this steams the bread a bit and stops the top from burning). Sprinkle the top of the dough with seeds if desired, or keep it plain- and bake in the oven for 38 minutes.
3. Remove from the oven. Remove loaf from the tin, and put back in the oven, upside down, for 5 minutes (to brown and crisp up the bottom of the loaf slightly). Allow to cool a bit, slice and serve!