Easy bread recipe for beginners!

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Easy Bread Recipe for Beginners

Easy Bread Recipe for Beginners

Listen to the crust crackle as it cools.. And the smell.. Pure bliss! Do you need more reasons to start making your own bread? And if you are thinking that making it must be really hard, think again! We have the perfect easy bread recipe just for you! It doesn’t matter if you haven’t made bread before (or are a complete cooking novice).

This amazing bread is made with only four ingredients and the preparation lasts less than the walk to the nearby bakery store; only 10 minutes! Try out this super easy bread recipe and you will be rewarded with a crispy golden-brown crust; fluffy, soft and slightly chewy delicious loaf of bread. Enjoy while still warm with a spread of your favorite creamy butter!


  • 500g self-rising flour (17.5 ounces)
  • 330ml beer, blonde pale lager such as bottled Heineken (1 1/3 of a cup)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps olive oil


  1. To prepare this easy bread recipe, add into a basin all the ingredients and blend with your hands, until the dough becomes an elastic ball. Alternatively, add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix using your hand-mixer with the dough hook attached until the dough is soft and does not crumble. Depending on the kind of flour used, the weather and many other factors, you may not need to use all the flour, or you may need some more. Leave 50g of flour aside and add a little bit at a time, until the dough is firm and not too sticky.
  2. Preheat the oven to 2ooC (with both top and bottom heating elements on). Because for this easy bread recipe you are using self-rising flour and beer it is not necessary to wait for the dough to rise.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured board, wet your hands and split it in half. Knead each half with your hands, to form two round loafs.
  4. Sprinkle the bread loafs with some water and sieve with some flour. You can also sprinkle with some sesame seeds for some extra crunchiness.
  5. With a sharp knife, score the top of each loaf ; make 3-4 slashes across the top with a few deeper than the others.
  6. Layer the bottom of a baking tray with some greaseproof paper and place the loafs on top. Bake in the preheated oven at 200C with the bottom heating element on only for 20 minutes and then switch both top and bottom heating elements and bake for another 40-50 minutes, until a nicely coloured crust forms and is cooked throughout.

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See we told you it was easy! Take a look at some of our preparation snapshots below and why not try making your own today using this super easy bread recipe!



  1. i cannot turn one element on and off unless I use the lower over and then it is left or right not top and bottom anyway

    • Eli Katerina says:

      Oh that’s unlucky… In that case just bake with both top and bottom elements on, just move the bread around! Start by placing on the lower rack then move to the middle rack!


    thank you now I can make this and hopefully it will save me money

  3. About to try this ……. The idea of quick bread is a ‘must’ try 🙂

  4. Darren Saunders says:

    I am about to try this! This seems such an easy way of making bread when on board a small boat rocking in the waves. Cheap, easy and tasty… ?

  5. can I mix dough in a bread machine

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