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The easiest (non-machine) white bread in the world

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“I got this recipe from Delia Smith's 'How to cook: book one'. It makes a tasty, chewy, crusty bread. Like bread used to be!!! And it couldn't be easier - just sieve the dry ingredients & add water! Give yourself a big bowl so that when you sieve the flour it's exposed to as much air as possible. Enjoy!”
3hrs 30mins
1-2 loaves

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Measure out your flour& put it in the oven on it's lowest setting for 10 minutes Put the sugar in a measuring jug& pour in the water to the 15fl oz mark (you may need a little more or less water- just use your instinct! With this dough, it's better to have it too wet than too dry) Sieve the flour into a Large bowl& add the salt& yeast.
  2. Make a well in the centre& pour in the sugar/water mixture a bit at a time.
  3. First bring the mixture together with a wooden spoon& when it starts to form a dough use your hands Remove the dough to a floured work surface& knead for 3 minutes.
  4. Return it to the bowl& leave to rise at room temp for 2 hours.
  5. Remove from the bowl to your floured work surface& knead for a further 3 minutes.
  6. Shape into an oblong& transfer to a 2lb loaf tin (or cut in half& transfer to two 1lb loaf tins).
  7. Leave to rise in the tin for 1 hour.
  8. Bake at 230 degrees (Celsius) for 30 minutess.
  9. Turn the bread out of it's tin& return to the oven, upside down, for 5 minutes to make the base& sides lovely& crusty.

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