Easy Bread and a cuppa for a cause

If you are like me the thought of making bread seems like too big of a chore and either use the bread machine or just don’t bother all together.

Well there has been alot of bread talk around of late and it is getting a little chilly here at the moment, so freshly baked bread was a must.

It is a basic white bread recipe, but it’s a good starting point and once you are confident enough you can experiment and add things to it.

Easy Bread and a cuppa for a cause
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from Maggie's Table
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 2 loaves
  • 25g fresh or 2½ teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • warm water
  • 1 kg unbleached baker's flour
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 45ml extra virgin olive oil
  1. combine yeast, sugar and a little warm water in a bowl, dissolve and set aside for 5-10 minutes. dry yeast should become frothy when active, if it doesn't froth up, don't use it as it will not be active
  2. combine flour, salt and olive oil in a bowl, add yeast and then add 600ml of warm water and mix to combine. If you have an electric mixer with a dough hook use that and set it on low for about 3 minutes.
  3. turn dough onto a floured surface an knead for a further 5 minutes or until the dough feels tight and the surface appears slightly broken
  4. spray the bowl with olive oil and place the dough back in it and cover loosely with plastic
  5. leave in a warm place to double in size, around 35-45 minutes
  6. turn dough onto floured surface and knead lightly for a few minutes, divide mixture and shape into 2 large loaves
  7. spray tins with olive oil spray and sprinkle a little flour and place loaves in tins and leave in a warm place for a second rise, around 15-20 minutes
  8. preheat oven at 220 C
  9. put loaves in and bake for 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 180 C and bake for a further 20-25 minutes, remove bread from tins and place on oven rack and bake for a further 5-10 minutes to crisp the crusts. If you tap on the bottom of the loaf it should sound hollow.
  10. turn out onto wire racks and allow to cool








If you are in Melbourne and free on Thursday, why don’t you join Gina for a cuppa at Australia’s biggest morning tea.

I’ll be there showing support and quietly shedding a tear…or two.

  • yum, yum, yum! it looks delicious! I ♥ the smell and taste of freshly baked bread esp. with butter it.

  • It looks so good! I never thought to remove from pan and then bake for a further ten- genius!! xo m.

  • I have to work on Thursday but I'll be there in spirit, and drinking a cuppa and thinking of you.

  • I wish I could join you at the morning tea Cathie but I work full time. Thanks so much for inviting me 🙂 I too will be there in spirit…better to be there though (oh how I wish I could work part time!)

  • Yum! There's nothing quite as comforting as bread and tea on a cold day!!!

  • Thanks so much for the recipe Cathie, I've always been too chicken to have a go but I think I am in safe hands with you walking me through it 🙂

    All the best for morning tea on Thursday, I was part of a Relay For Life team earlier this month and we raised $7000 – a bittersweet achievement but a nice way to remember. Lots of these ones for you <3

  • Mmmm….I bet that bread smells as good as it looks! I am drinking tea, catching up on my blog reading and then will go get ready for work on a very dreary Tuesday morning. It's cold and raining. Perhaps I will call into work 'sick' and stay home and bake this bread! 🙂

    Have a wonderful week Cathie!
    xo Catherine

  • Hi Cathy this looks great but just reading the recipe and wanted to check what I need to add 600ml of "combine flour, salt and olive oil in a bowl, add yeast and then add 600ml and mix to combine." thanks

  • ooops, sorry Cass, it's meant to say 600ml warm water, have edited the post. thanks for spotting that.

  • I'm sure your bread has the perfect taste, Cathie. It looks so tasty, like coming straight out of heaven. Your writing is always great. It's true, when it is getting cold outside we love to get all homy-up, lit a lot of candles and do a lot of bakery.
    Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday, as it's a Good Morning to you {I'm almost off to bed} xx

  • Oh how I love homemade bread my friend…this looks amazing. Enjoy and please have a piece for me….xoxoxo

  • Have a lovely time Cathie, it is such a frightening thing hope you all raise heaps…xx

  • Woow it looks so tasty!!!

  • So want to give bread making a whirl and this looks like the perfect recipe! Maybe I can redeem myself from the Hot Cross Bricks that I made. Hope you have a super Wednesday 🙂

  • Between you and ecoMILF, I am definately going to have to try my hand at bread making. -not a fan of the machine loaves, and the manual process of breakmaking seems so homey and lovely. I bet it smells a treat too! All the recipes I see seem to make enough for two loaves. Hubby, dog and I wouldn't eat two loaves of bread in a month. Do you think half the dough would freeze?

  • Oh! and good on you for supporting such a great cause. I hope the day is not too hard on you.

  • OHHH Cathie I can SMELL the Goodness…If you could bottle that aroma…you would be a wealthy woman…EAU DE FRESH BREAD…I'm sold!…smile on Rosie

  • Hi Cathy~
    That bread looks wonderful! And I read your post about why you would be shedding a tear or two. I imagine a whole gallon will be shed on that day. And sorry about your dad, I know it was last year, but I can imagine that you miss him more than ever. Hugs~

  • Looks easy and yet so good! And awesome photos!

  • I love baking, should definitely bake bread more often. We're in summer season now but fresh bread is always tasty, I think. Yours looks delicious:)

  • yummy 🙂 my combo is hot bread and butter..realy delicioussss 🙂

  • so nice! i'm having a lovely, homey feeling just looking at these pretty pics, i can almost smell the bread baking, mmmm…. 😉

  • I have been looking for a great bread recipe to finish a little quest of my own. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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  • Hello Cathie I hope you're well.Just wanted to let you know I finally had a bash at baking bread and thanks to you it was a great success! Thanks for posting such fab and easy to follow recipes, you've helped me overcome a big kitchen fear 🙂