Basic bread dough


I have had Lisa Clark’s recipe book on my shelf since the day it was released to the public to purchase. I have 1 or 2 recipes from there but I have never sat down and really read through the book and looked at the recipes, until this week.

WOW am I blown away the recipes are amazing and super easy to make and for a novice like myself the method is straight forward, no complicated this or that and amazingly enough I seem to always have all the ingredients in my pantry.

Since discovering my bread machine thanks to Joleen from My Kitchen Rules SA, I am eager to try out any and all doughs, before the bread machine, I hated kneading and rising and proofing.

Now all I do is put everything in the machine, close the lid and set the programme and wait the 90 minutes till the mixing, kneading and proofing has been done for me. All I have to do is, turn it out onto a floured surface and shape as my hear desires. Who said bread making was difficult? Don’t let my dad hear that, it’s his job to sell bread and he always makes it sound complicated.


  • 500g x bread flour.
  • 1 x tbsp. salt.
  • 2 x tbsp. sugar.
  • 1 x packet instant yeast.
  • 45ml x oil.
  • Roughly 300ml x warm water, you might need a little more or little less.

Method: – If you are not using a bread machine.

  • Mix the flour, salt and sugar together in a bowl.
  • Add in the yeast and give it a good stir,
  • Make a well in the centre, pour in the oil and warm water.
  • Using a spoon, bring the mixture together to form a bowl.
  • Using your hands, knead for 10 minutes till you have a nice smooth elastic dough.
  • Cover with cling wrap and allow to rise for 45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

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