Classic White Bread Loaf by Allinson's

  • Total Time

    2h 55m
    • Prep Time

      2h 20m
    • Bake Time

  • Makes


  • Skill Level

  • Dietary Needs

    • Egg free
    • Vegetarian
  • 92 Reviews

    5 star rating

Our classic white bread loaf is an all-round crowd pleaser. We like it sliced with soups and sandwiches or popped in our packed lunches for a mid-week treat. A great recipe for beginner bakers, the classic white loaf is an Allinson favourite. If you like this recipe, you could try our seeded knot rolls recipe – all made using Allinson's white dough.


  1. MIX Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a big bowl. Using your fingertips rub in the butter until only fine ‘crumbs’ are left. Mix in the water with a cutlery knife.

  2. KNEAD Tip onto a lightly flour dusted surface and knead for 10 minutes (or use the dough hook attachment on your mixer for 5 minutes). 

  3. RISE Lightly grease the mixing bowl with some oil. Put the dough back in, cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size.

  4. SHAPE Knock back the dough by gently kneading just 5 times to get the air out. Mould into a smooth oval and lift into a lightly oiled 900g/2lb loaf tin.

  5. PROVE Cover the dough again with a clean tea towel and leave to prove until doubled in size again. Preheat your oven to 200°C (fan 180°C, gas mark 6).

  6. BAKE Lift the tin onto the middle oven shelf and bake for 30-35 minutes, until you can lift the bread loaf from the tin and when you tap the base it sounds hollow. Cool on a wire rack.

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  • Breakfast & Brunch
  • Egg Free
  • Vegetarian


  1. 5 star rating

    Never made bread before as I thought it was a long & messy process but this was so easy & quick. We did 1hr each time for the proving & it came out perfect. We all enjoyed it & my husband even made some more today to go with our homemade Beef Stew. Definitely will be making some each week. Even started looking at other receipes on this site, maybe doughnuts next !!

  2. 5 star rating

    Surprised how well this worked, I was really concerned about the volumes of sugar and salt but I stuck to the recipe and cooking times, I was convinced the bread would be too sweet but it wasn't, I also made some rolls again following the cooking times. The bread was the star. The rolls were nice but lost a little shape, maybe I over proved them, anyhow they still tasted delicious. I think I will waiting till after "Lockdown" before making another loaf as i am currently running out of Jeans that still fit !

  3. 5 star rating

    COMPLETE NOVICE to breadmaking, but made a 'near' perfect loaf with this recipe and guide thanks. However as a builder used to being precise with ingredients in concrete and mortar, I'm intrigued that you include sugar and yet the 'God', Paul Hollywood say its not necessary. If I do omit sugar, will my loaves turn out as good? Please

    Too little sugar in dough can slow down yeast activity: Yeast loves to eat sugar. Yeast needs sugar to produce carbon dioxide – the leavening gas that causes the dough to rise. If there is not enough sugar available, the dough will rise slowly or not at all. If you add too much sugar you can kill the yeast,, hope this helps,
    Happy Baking!

  4. 5 star rating

    So easy to make and turns out perfectly each time. No complaints at all.

  5. 4 star rating

    Mines was a bit dry at the kneading stage so I added some more water to it as well as pumpkins and sunflower seeds looks great and smells amazing wished I could put a picture up

  6. 5 star rating

    Thanks for this recipe! It’s the first time I manage to make a well risen and salty enough loaf of bread. I feel ready to compete in the Bake Off now!

  7. 5 star rating

    Thanks for this recipe! It’s the first time I manage to make a well risen and salty enough loaf of bread. I feel ready to compete in the Bake Off now!

  8. 5 star rating

    This recipe all of our family have made at some point over past 7 months and numerous wholemeal loaves. All easy to follow and all made by hand including my now 11 & 14 year old daughters. It goes down very well in our house. Thank goodness recipes have very clear instructions.

  9. 1 star rating

    I made this in the bread maker and it’s caved in the top?! I’ve followed the ingredients as stated. It’s in 900g loaf tin. Any advice would be appreciated.

    We would recommend using the manufacturer's recommended recipe for your bread machine.
    The recipe you have chosen is for a loaf to be made by hand.
    Hope this helps,
    Happy Baking!

  10. 5 star rating

    Fantastic site I've made a few things from here and all have turned out brilliantly, I'm a grandmother of eight who's never baked in her life, so didn't have a clue where to begin.. so one day, I decided to make some welsh cakes, and bang, i was hooked, so I'm about to make a loaf for the first lol.. thank you so much bakingmad for making the recipes easy to follow for a car mechanic rather than a cook... so here goes, wish me Luck!!

  11. 5 star rating

    I'm no expert at bread making but this recipe has never failed, I can hardly believe my bread turns out so good - I use a stand mixer to mix the dough till it comes together and no longer sticks to sides, then turn is out onto a lightly oiled service and knead by hand for 5-10 mins, I find using oil is better than flour as this avoids drying the bread out, after the initial knead I follow the instructions as given then when dough is ready bake in middle of a pre-heated fan assisted oven, I check it after 30 minutes by which time it's a lovely golden brown and I get the hollow sound when knocking the bottom.

  12. 5 star rating

    Made this bread recipe twice in past two days, one was wholemeal & other was plain white as above recipe, both turned out fantastic. I've tried a few recipes in lockdown by hand & in bread maker, but this is the best recipe by far, excellent results each time, this is definately my go to bread recipe.

  13. 5 star rating

    My permanent go-to bread recipe now I have made it 4 times and even if I have made a mistake it is still very forgiving and still edible, though I do find I have to oil and flour my tin for it to come out whole.

  14. 5 star rating

    First time making bread and it turned out perfectly. Used olive oil instead of butter. Great recipe, thank you.

  15. 5 star rating

    Great recipe can you use Allinsons active dried yeast with this recipe

    You can interchange yeasts in a bread recipe, a simple conversion to remember is that 1 sachet of Allinson Easy Bake yeast (7g) equates to 15g of Dried Active yeast.
    Happy Baking!

  16. 2 star rating

    The written version above omits to mention adding oil or butter at the mix stage. Thus needs amending. I didn’t realise until I had left the dough to rise ☹️
    Hi there, sorry there was some confusion with this. The butter is added at instruction step 1, where you rub it into the flour. Hope that helps and happy baking :)

  17. 5 star rating

    Great recipe when you start the proving at step 1 would it be possible to prove in the fridge over night & then add the rest of the flour

    Yes, you can prove the dough in the fridge overnight. I would allow the dough to come to room temperature before rolling out and carrying on with the recipe. Leaving it to prove overnight in the fridge from step 3 would be advisable.
    Happy Baking!

  18. 5 star rating

    I use this recipe alot however I tend to put 250g wholemeal to 250g white and i use shortening instead of butter, I find you can get away with one prove straight in the tin

  19. 5 star rating

    is there a recipe for a 1lb loaf tin and what the timings?
    We only have 2lb loaf recipes, you could try making bread rolls if you wanted to use less ingredients, the following recipe could be halved easily.
    Happy Baking!

  20. 5 star rating


    Can you make this as a loaf without using a tin?
    Yes you can make a 'free form' loaf.
    Make sure you lightly flour a baking sheet to ensure the loaf does not stick. Shape the dough into your desired shape and bake in exactly the same way.
    Happy Baking!

  21. 4 star rating

    Just made my first loaf but used easy bake yeast couldn't read the tin as writing so small checked as to how many teaspoons of yeast makes 7g it seems to alternate between 1 and 2 teaspoons can anyone advise

    Generally a teaspoon is approximately 4-5g, hope this helps,

    Happy Baking!

  22. 5 star rating

    I have made this several times now, I use olive oil (15ml) instead of butter and have used 450g bread flour + 50g wholemeal. Results are great every time. Although the crust is ok I want to get a crustier top though so any ideas please.

    Some bakers throw ice cubes on the bottom of the stove to create steam or place ice cubes on an old baking sheet and place it on the floor or bottom shelf of your oven. As the ice melts, it will form steam in the oven, which will give your loaves a nice crispy crust.

    Hope this helps,
    Happy Baking!

  23. 5 star rating

    I've tried recipes from everywhere, even a Paul Hollywood recipe doesn't compare to this one...however I thought I had completely messed it up after 5 minutes in the oven, it nearly tripled in size and looked like a monster loaf, however it kept it's size and shape when cooled and it tasted amazing! Homemade bread, scrambled eggs from our own chickens and homegrown salad...the BEST lunch I've ever had! #TheGoodLife!!!

  24. 5 star rating

    Love this bread. My previous recipes haven’t worked out very successfully, but this one does, every time. My husband loves it also!
    The temperature is included in the instructions ......for the reviewer who thought they weren’t! Need to read more carefully. 😊

  25. 5 star rating

    Excellent recipe, really easy to follow. I used the dough hook on the mixer instead of kneading the results are great!

  26. 5 star rating

    So glad I found this site 😀 This is the first time I have tried the white bread and it was so easy to make! Having my toast for breakfast and I can’t wait.

  27. 5 star rating

    Best ive made super soft and springy bread

  28. 5 star rating

    Brilliant loaf, I have been looking for a good white bread recipe during my lockdown baking and this has definitely been the best one 😋🤗

  29. 5 star rating

    Made yeast bread for the first time in my life, with this recipe (I’m in my 60s!). It turned out delicious and I can honestly say it was the best bread I’ve ever eaten. Delicious crust and melt in the mouth inside. Recipe was excellent and video showing how to knead and prove was really helpful. However it would have been very helpful to know approximate time for Proving and doubling in size!

  30. 5 star rating

    Perfect recipe! I’ve made it as a loaf and as 8 rolls. Both times, I kneaded it in the stand mixer for 10 minutes and for the rolls, I cut the baking time to 20 minutes. This is now my go to recipe.... love it!

  31. 1 star rating

    What temperature do you cook this at?
    Hi there, please cook this loaf at 200C (180C fan or gas mark 6). Happy baking!

  32. 5 star rating

    great recipe works every time with fresh and dried yeast.

    For the one who commented on 27th April 2020, Recipe says

    PROVE Cover the dough again with a clean tea towel and leave to prove until doubled in size again. Preheat your oven to 200°C (fan 180°C, gas mark 6).

  33. 5 star rating

    Just read all the comments and am really excited to start baking

  34. 5 star rating

    Very easy to follow instructions.

  35. 5 star rating

    First go at baking bread. Followed the clear instructions and watched the video, perfect
    Bread first time. I have a Neff steam oven which I used for the first time and it made the outer lovely and crispy and fluffy
    Soft bread on the inside.

  36. 5 star rating

    A really easy to follow recipe, a cathartic experience and and fabulous product produced as a result. It has spurred me on as first timer to repeat and also build my experience - just fab!

    I hope you get just as much pleasure as I did. Having everything laid out and to hand paid off handsomely in making for a smooth process.

  37. 4 star rating

    If using plain flour, I have found a need to prove for longer, and it's more suited to ciabatta style bread with a wetter mix

  38. 5 star rating

    1st time of baking bread in 52 years easy to follow instructions it came out perfect the results were like shop bought even bake really nice taste and texture.
    I now have the bug for baking

  39. 5 star rating

    Love this simple recipe - but - I used 3oz of butter - had to look up an old cooking book- as no idea how only 1 tablespoon of butter would do(plus, how do I measure a tablespoon from a block of butter)?

  40. 5 star rating

    Great recipe - very tasty bread - works every time. would recommend

  41. 5 star rating

    Stuck to the recipe, but I found it needed 45 minutes in the oven. I left it an hour to rise each time and kneaded it for 5 minutes in my Kenwood. Only criticism was the slightly bland taste. Any suggestions for improving this? Maybe add a little extra salt? Great texture and very easy to slice, will definitely make again.

  42. 4 star rating

    First rise time.....Second prove time... Appoximates please someone. My first time using bread yeast for years. TIA

    Proving for the first and second prove is approximately between 45-60 minutes per prove. Depending on how warm your kitchen is,
    Happy Baking!

  43. 5 star rating

    First time making bread without a machine, I won't be using the machine anymore. Lovely bread. I used 2 tbsp of butter instead of 1.

  44. 5 star rating

    Great recipe I oil my bread pan slightly as advised then add grinder salt and pepper round edges of pan before putting bread in for second proove. Once it's ready for oven I brush egg yolk on top and add some more grinder salt and pepper,makes a lovely crust once cooked. Keep well everyone.

  45. 5 star rating

    This recipe was easy to follow and the results were excellent. It has been a long time since I baked bread but this lockdown has forced many people to fill their time. It all turned out very well and I have even made it for others. Fllowing the gov guidelines of course, and they were quite surprised as to how easy the recipe was and the quality of the finished product.

  46. 5 star rating

    Not sure some of the above read the instructions properly as it said how long to prove and what temperature to cook at... anyway yes...mine turned out great! After 2 weeks searching for flour and a week searching for yeast. Very happy with the result

  47. 5 star rating

    Gosh! It does what it says on the tin! No need to complicate it, just do what the recipe says and Voila, a perfect loaf every time.

  48. 5 star rating

    I've been making this for our family of 5 with chapatti flour as a 10kg bag was the the only flour we could get at the beginning of lockdown. And I'm glad it was!
    This recipe is the first recipe that I've used to make successful bread. Needless to say, we're down to the last loaf out of the bag and hoping to get some more.
    It makes quite a dense - but lovely loaf, i've been meaning to try making it before I go to bed and leaving it to rise overnight thinking the chapatti flour which is basically wholemeal (I think) may respond better to that.
    I'm guessing I won't be going back to shop bought bread anytime soon.

  49. 5 star rating

    Great recipe. Works every time. I put the yeast in the warm water first to activate it (don't use a metal jug as this will kill the yeast). I use a stand mixer with a dough hook for 10 minutes to knead. Also I place a small tray of boiling water in the bottom of the oven to give a crisper crust. I usually add slightly more water to the recipe - 330ml.

  50. 1 star rating

    I can see it says bake for 35mins but at what temperature?

  51. 5 star rating

    Best recipe I've found, made delicious rolls and had them for lunch, the children loved them, so soft and yummy, very easy directions to follow, will use again and again thanks.

  52. 5 star rating

    I love making this recipe.
    I've been making it for a couple of years now and it never disappoints.
    I've made it as 1 2lb loaf, 2 1lb loaves and 12 rolls.
    You do need to alter the baking times, but there's not been a bad bake yet.
    Thoroughly recommend.

  53. 5 star rating

    My family love this bread, it's so easy to do and very tasty. I have now tried a few of your bread recipes every single one is deliciously brilliant. Stay safe everyone.

  54. 5 star rating

    Fantastic recipe. A really simple, easy to follow guide. I do agree with another reviewer that you need to state how long you need to prove the bread for.

  55. 3 star rating

    Failed miserably. Probably down to me, but maybe instructions could be slightly clearer

  56. 4 star rating

    Well as no strong flour available am using plain flour instead. Have used my hand mixer with dough hooks and kneaded for an extra 5 mins to help with elasticity of the dough. proving now. will let you know how it turns out. Oh and timing of rising is when the dough is about double in size approx 45 mins.

  57. 5 star rating

    Easy peasy....use this all the time. And everyone loves it.

  58. 5 star rating

    I rise it for an hour each time and seems to work lovely

  59. 5 star rating

    We have made this several times and never failed.

  60. 4 star rating

    Slightly surprised no indication of how long to rise and prove.

  61. 5 star rating

    Made some bread with your recipe and was easy to follow and make that you while this lock down is going on it’s good to make new things haven’t made bread since I was at school stay safe everyone

  62. 5 star rating

    Really enjoy making this loaf. Thank you. Melanie

  63. 5 star rating

    Lock down here in Seychelles, little bread in shops, found the bag of flour in my cupboard. So I made it this morning as I was craving some nice bread.
    Easy to do and is delicious.

  64. 5 star rating

    Just made this bread! first time I've made bread and I thought it was going to be difficult - but no it was so easy with this recipe! I cooked mine for slightly longer than 35 minutes but all ovens cook different so stick with 30-35 and take it from there!

  65. 5 star rating

    Absolutely brilliant. Under lockdown, making a loaf every other day. Easy and no faffing about. Really tasty. My next problem will be running out of flour

  66. 2 star rating

    do I activate allisons dried active yeast wih water from recipe or use extra
    ________________________________________________You will need to substitute the water from the recipe - the instructions on pack should explain the process of activation for you.

  67. 5 star rating

    My second attempt at baking a loaf and it’s perfect! Very easy to do.

  68. 5 star rating

    I made this loaf so easy to make and the taste was the best loaf I have ever made, loved it, just about to make another one right now. I only hope I do not run out of flour because it is 9th April 2020 and we are in the middle of Coronavirus shutdown, so we cannot get flour at all.

  69. 5 star rating

    My family are really happy with this recipe , especially my little girl, good tasting bread

  70. 5 star rating

    Absolutely love this recipe so easy to make and the end result is delicious

  71. 5 star rating

    My bread has risen phenomenally and it is so satisfying to see such fantastic growing of that dough! Perfect! Can't wait for eggy soliders in the morn with my little girl. 😍

  72. 5 star rating

    I tried this recipe today. In the past, I have used a breadmaker which was OK.
    This recipe using the oven instead, bakes a far superior loaf.

  73. 5 star rating

    Made this loaf using my new kitchen aid mixer with dough hook for the first time, kneading for 5 mins. Proved it twice in my new steam oven (first time using these settings) then baked it on medium humidity and I have to say this is the best loaf of bread ever. Had a lovely crusty top and soft in the middle. It slices like a dream, no crumbling into pieces like some shop bought ones and makes Fantastic toast. Will never buy a shop bought one again. Highly recommend as it’s so simple to do, why did it take a lockdown to discover the art of bread making. 😋

  74. 5 star rating

    Tasted so good

  75. 5 star rating

    Excellent recipe perfect every time baked with olives, grated cheese, chorizo and perfect every time!

  76. 5 star rating

    Easy and tastes amazing xx

  77. 5 star rating

    During these times when people are panic buying bread etc, if you have the availability of yeast this is a superb loaf to make. Easy to make and very tasty

  78. 5 star rating

    Agree with all the other’s, suffer with arthritis in hands so I use a mixer for knocking it up. Really satisfying when you’re made one looks great when you’re done it in a loaf tin...

  79. 5 star rating

    Very easy to make taste is great I put a teaspoon of honey in mine 😜

  80. 5 star rating

    loved it

  81. 5 star rating

    Made bread by hand every week using this recipe and on occasion add various seeds! Super simple and easy to follow.

  82. 5 star rating

    Going to bake this recipie with 13 budding bakers on tuesday will let you know how it goes .

  83. 5 star rating

    Just started baking my own bread. Simple recipe, pleasant to bake and really nice to eat. My 6 & 4 year olds love helping me weigh this out.

  84. 5 star rating

    So easy and so tasty.
    I used Allinson's Yeast time saver (god send) and also used Allinson's additions.
    The first loaf was with the wild garlic blend and for the 2nd loaf I used the sun dried tomato and herb mix AND I also added cooked Spanish chorizo.
    I love playing around with recipes and with this recipe I'd actually recommend it.

  85. 5 star rating

    Nice easy to follow recipe makes a lovely loaf thank you

  86. 5 star rating

    I’ve made lots of bread from, but this time I made this without adding the sugar as I’ve been told to cut down because I have borderline diabetes and let me say it tastes just as good without the sugar. I did google bread without sugar first and according to what I found years ago they didn’t add sugar anyway. So I can recommend anybody leaving the sugar out.

  87. 5 star rating

    lovey with beef stew and dumplins

  88. 5 star rating

    Made this loaf today absolutely delicious 😋

  89. 4 star rating

    I used 'Allinson Dried Active Yeast' but didn't activate it first due to the tiny, hard-to-read print on the little tin. The loaf still came out tasting nice but didn't rise quite as much as I hoped - not sure whether this was due to my omitting the activating process or the recipe. It will still get eaten, and was yummy warm with butter and jam!

  90. 5 star rating

    As a retired mechanic, this is all new to me, I nearly got it right! Still tasted good, I just need to practice a bit more with this great recipe.

  91. 5 star rating

    Lovely everyday loaf

  92. 5 star rating


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