Bread Recipe Using Instant Yeast

Nothing can beat the smell of fresh dough proving, and then bread being baked to perfection.

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bread proving

I much prefer to make my own bread, and this recipe is really easy. But if I cannot bake my own then I will buy a baguette or ciabatta. Freshly baked sour dough anything from Schoon is our new favourite. We go there on a Friday morning for coffee and buy a freshly baked ciabatta. This is then kept in the car all day so by the time I get into the car to drive home there is this wonderful smell. It is a scent that cannot be replicated. And from what I have been told, one that can sell houses. If you are planning on having a show day then bake yourself a loaf that you can enjoy later.

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  • 625 mls tepid water
  • 21 g dry instant yeast
  • 30 g Honey
  • 500 g bread flour
  • 500 g flour
  • 30 g Salt
  • flour for dusting


  • place the yeast and honey into half the tepid water and leave to ferment
  • place the flour into a food processor with a dough hook
  • with the blade running slowly add the yeast / honey water
  • add the rest of the water slowly until the dough has formed - you might not need all the water
  • remove from the bowl and knead for 5 minutes
  • flour your hands and the top of the bread and shape into a round ball
  • place on a baking tray, make a couple of slashes with a knife in the top and cover with a dish towel
  • leave in a warm place to prove for 40 minutes, or doubled in size
  • knock back the dough and form into the shape bread you want (add flavourings at this stage if you want)
  • place back onto the baking tray, and leave for a further 40 minutes, or until doubled in size
  • preheat the oven to 225° Celsius and bake for 20 to 25 minutes - you will know when the bread is cooked when you tap on the bottom and you hear a hollow sound
  • leave for at least 15 minutes before cutting


I made the entire recipe, but only used half the dough for bread. After the first proving I put the balance of the dough into a Ziploc bag and left it in the fridge. I made bread a week later with the dough and it was perfect!

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7 thoughts on “Bread Recipe Using Instant Yeast

  1. Wow….your bread looks lovely. I have always wanted to make bread but all my attempts result in a laughing stock. But your recipe sounds really great. And the pic is very encouraging…Will try is definitely.

    1. Hello, and thank you for the visit. I usually only do ‘easy’ and this one really is. The hardest bit is deciding what shape to make the bread. Hope it works for you. Tandy

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