A good recipe for a simple plain white loaf is an essential in your home baking repertoire. This is an easy to make, easy to remember recipe – 100% flour, 60% water, 2% salt, 1% dried yeast.
This ratio of ingredients means the quantities can be multiplied easily depending on how many loaves you want to make. Just like a basic sponge cake recipe, it can be adapted to make all manner of variations. I regularly use this recipe as a starting point for other kinds of loaves…
- Use half white, half wholemeal flour.
- Add mixed seeds & nuts such as poppy, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
- Add dried fruit such as raisins, currents, sultanas (pre-soaked for a few hours in ) and/or chopped dried figs with a teaspoon of cinnamon and tablespoon of honey or maple syrup.
- Simply kneading in a teaspoon of caraway seeds makes one of my favourite loaves!
The quantities below make one medium-sized loaf.