Easy White Loaf

Ingredients      

  • 300ml Co-op semi-skimmed milk, at room temperature  
  • 40g Co-op unsalted butter, melted  
  • 7g sachet Co-op instant dried yeast  
  • 2 tbsp Co-op clear honey  
  • 5g sea salt 
  • 500g Co-op strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting  
  • Vegetable oil, for greasing 

     Method      

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the milk, butter, yeast, honey and sea salt 
  2. Add the flour and mix until a smooth dough forms 
  3. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 mins, until smooth and elastic 
  4. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with cling film 
  5. Leave in a warm place for 45 mins-1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size 
  6. Lightly grease a 20cm x 10cm loaf tin with vegetable oil 
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 2 mins, then shape and arrange it in the prepared tin 
  8. Brush a piece of cling film generously with vegetable oil and loosely cover the tin 
  9. Set aside again in a warm place for 40-50 mins, until doubled in size  
  10. Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7 
  11. Slash the top of the loaf 3 times crosswise with a sharp knife and bake for 40 mins, until a golden crust has formed 
  12. To check the bread is cooked, remove from the tin and tap the bottom – it should sound hollow 
  13. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before slicing