Basic Bread Dough


  • 4x 250ml flour
  • 5ml salt
  • 10g instant yeast
  • 15ml sugar
  • 45ml olive oil
  • 300-400ml lukewarn water


  • Combine the flour, salt, yeast and sugar in a bowl. Add oil and enough water to mix to a dough that is soft but not sticky.
  • Knead well until the dough is smooth and elastic. This can be done with the help of a dough hook in an electric mixer or by hand.
  • Place the dough into an oiled plastic bag or bowl and leave to rise until double in size. Remove dough from the bag and place on a lightly floured surface, knead lightly. Shape as required and cover with the same plastic bag used to rise the dough in.
  • Allow to rise for another 20-30 minutes.
  • Bake at 200°° C for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
  • Note: For a sweet dough add 60ml castor sugar to the dry ingredients. Omit the olive oil and instead use 50g melted butter and use warm buttermilk instead of water and add 1 egg to the liquid ingredients.