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Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes
Serves: 8

Crusty White Bread

The Clever Chef makes baking bread so simple with the Bread Rise and Bake functions. The trick here is to flip your loaf near the end so you get a lovely thick crust all the way around.

This crusty loaf is perfect with wholesome stews or simply warm with butter and jam.


3 tbsp olive or cooking oil

500g white bread flour

40g butter

2 tsp salt

1 x 7g dried yeast packet

300ml lukewarm water

Suitable for: CleverChef

The Method

Add the yeast to a jug filled with warm water and give this a stir then leave to stand. In a mixing bowl, add the flour and butter and stir to combine until you have a thick paste.

Gradually add the water a bit at a time, stirring continuously until you have a soft dough.

Add 1 tbsp of oil to a clean work surface and knead the dough for ~5 minutes until the dough is springy and elastic.

Add 2 tbsp of oil to the inner pot of the clever chef and rotate the pot so the bottom is coated, then add the dough.

Close the lid then select the BREAD RISE function and press START. When the program has finished open to lid to check on your dough, it should be roughly twice the size it was.

Close the lid again, select the BAKE function and adjust the time to 1 hour, then press START.

At the end of the program open the lid and tip your bread out. Using oven gloves, put the bread back in the other way around so the crust is now at the top. Select the BAKE function again and adjust the time to 15 minutes then press START.

When the program has finished press CANCEL. Open the lid and tip out your bread ready to be sliced.

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