Easiest Homemade Bread Recipe Ever

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes


  • 3 cups plain flour 450g
  • ½ tsp ‘fast action’ or ‘easy bake’ yeast 1g
  • 1 ½ tsp salt 10g
  • 1 ½ cups water 350 ml


  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a 2L ovenproof bowl and give them a quick stir.
  2. Add the water and mix vigorously with a tablespoon for a couple of minutes.
  3. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place (ideally 18 to 21 degrees) for approximately 12 hours.
  4. When you are ready to bake the bread, preheat your oven to gas mark 8 (230 degrees Celsius / 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  5. You might have to adjust the temperature depending on your oven.
  6. Place a large sheet of baking paper on your work surface; with flour on top (you will need two or three heaped tablespoons).
  7. Using the tablespoon, drop the sticky dough on top of the flour and use the tablespoon to shape the dough in a sort of ball and make sure it gets covered all around. It will still look gooey and that is fine.
  8. Wash the bowl and dry it. Place it in the oven to warm for 30 minutes.
  9. After 30 minutes, make sure the dough is still covered in flour all around. Use oven gloves to take the ovenproof bowl out and sprinkle a bit of flour in the bottom. Plop the dough in the bowl, cover with foil and put in the oven for 45 minutes. Throw away the baking paper.
  10. Take your homemade bread out of the oven and place on a cooling rack. Try to keep some for dinner!

Recipe Notes

You can add nuts, raisins, cheese or seeds (poppy, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin) to your dry mix before adding the water.

The bread will keep well for 3 or 4 days (will need toasting after 24 hours) in foil.

Keep it longer and you can use it for bread and butter pudding, French toast or dumplings.