Crusty White Bread by Allinson's

  • Total Time

    3h 5m
    • Prep Time

      2h 30m
    • Bake Time

  • Serves


  • Skill Level

  • Dietary Needs

    • Egg free
    • Nut free
    • Vegetarian
  • 35 Reviews

    5 star rating

This classic white crusty bread is a great recipe for everyday. There's nothing quite like the smell and taste of freshly made crusty white bread. This loaf is perfect for sandwiches. 


  1. Mix together the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the yeast.

  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the warm water. Mix together until a soft dough starts to form. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead for about 10 minutes until you have a smooth and elastic dough.  This could also be done using a dough hook of your free-standing mixer.

    Top Tip: Proving Time
  3. Lightly grease a clean mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with oiled cling film or a damp tea cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes - 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

  4. Knock back the dough by gently kneading just 5 times to get the air out. Mould into a smooth oval and place into a lightly oiled 900g (23 x 13cm) loaf tin.

  5. Cover the dough again with oiled cling film or a damp tea cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes - 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

  6. Preheat your oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6.

  7. Slit the dough with a sharp knife and sprinkle the dough with a little flour to create a crisp, rustic coating on top of the bread. Place in the centre of the pre-heated oven and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until the bread is risen and golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped underneath.

  8. Turn the bread out onto a wire rack as soon as possible to avoid a soggy crust on the bottom.

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  1. 4 star rating

    Step 3, should anything be in the bowl?!!!

    Yes the dough that you have just kneaded. Place in the oiled bowl until nearly doubled in size.
    Hope this helps,
    Happy Baking!

  2. 5 star rating

    I use many of your bread making recipes to great success, but I just wondered why white loaves have a double prove, when grain loaves have only one?

    In order to get the best texture and flavour that is typical of bread, dough should be given a second rise before baking. A second rise allows yeast more time to work, which changes the actual fibres within the dough. The second rise helps develop a lighter, chewier texture, and a more complex flavour. However, it is not essential that dough rise twice. Many varieties and recipes allow for a single rise while others even call for more than two.
    Happy Baking!

  3. 5 star rating

    Fantastic! 1st time Baker and now I'm baking all the time because of this easy bake bread. It's delicious and so easy. Now I'm trying other recipes it's got me hooked on home baking. And it makes the house smell like I remembered it to be years ago when my mam used to bake

  4. 5 star rating

    can i mix this with my dough hook, i presume running for approx 10 mins

    That should be fine, we recommend 8 minutes as there is greater risk of over kneading when using a dough hook.

    Happy Baking!

  5. 5 star rating

    Made this loads of times and it is always successful. Tastes great.
    Have made it half and half with wholemeal and half and half with seeded again always successful and great taste.
    Super easy.

  6. 5 star rating

    Love this bread. First time I was disappointed it didn’t stay crusty overnight in the bread tin. However, second time I wrapped it in a cotton tea towel and just covered the end that had been sliced with cling film so it didn’t dry out and hey presto it was still lovely and crusty the next morning. Can’t say whether it would have stayed crusty another day as we scoffed the lot - yummy.

  7. 5 star rating

    Wow fantastic bread only problem it doesn’t last long it’s so delicious favourite bread recipe.

  8. 5 star rating

    Never made bread before so I crossed my fingers and just went for it, followed the recipe and it turned out to be a perfect loaf, next on my list is Banana & Chocolate bread! 🤞🏼
    I’ll let you know!

  9. 5 star rating

    Now my go to recipe for white bread.
    Tastes like....bread!

  10. 1 star rating

    Tastes worse than gruel.

  11. 5 star rating

    Made it for the first time so easy great loaf great taste. Will be making it again.

  12. 5 star rating

    I love the smell and especially the taste of fresh bread 😋 this is a very easy loaf to make and tasty and if you prefer rolls you can use it to make rolls I only make 8 to 10 rolls because I like big rolls. Best with butter not your marg rubbish

  13. 5 star rating

    This is my go to website for anything. I always use this recipe for bread making and it’s never failed me. Thank you Allinsons. I have made loafs for my family and also for friends. They love it. The kitchen smells so good as well. I actually enjoy baking because of this site. Husband says it’s only taken me 33 years to find the kitchen. No more bought bread as it’s so easy to make. Love it!

  14. 5 star rating

    Second time that I have made this loaf. Can't see me buying white bread again except in a emergency. Simple to make, such a scrumptious taste.

  15. 5 star rating

    This is the second time that I have made this loaf, can't see me buying white bread again, unless in a emergency. Simple and what a scrumptious taste.

  16. 5 star rating

    So easy .... I’m making 2 loaves a week. It’s the best

  17. 4 star rating

    After previous disasters with breadmaking was apprehensive about trying again but the results were great, a lovely tasty well risen loaf. Makes fantastic toast. Have taken one star off the rating because of the confusion in the recipe - it says to knock back and prove again (which I did) whereas the info says you only have to knead and prove once if using the easy bake yeast.

  18. 5 star rating

    New baker here! Absolutely fool proof. I split into 2 before the final prove and make 2 small cobs. The orders from the family are rolling in...

  19. 5 star rating

    Great recipe. I substituted 1 tablespoon of olive oil for butter. Crusty is what I wanted and what I got. Now my go to recipe...

  20. 5 star rating

    I let it rest 5 times instead of 2, went down lower everytime but 5 rises works way better than 2! It’s beautiful! 🤩

  21. 5 star rating

    So pleased with the results! My family said it looked like a large white farmhouse from Sainsbury’s! Made it three times now, foolproof!!

  22. 5 star rating

    Lovely loaf - I haven’t made bread for years and this was straight forward to make and tastes wonderful! 😀

  23. 5 star rating

    Really good loaf of bread, easy to bake and very tasty 😋

  24. 5 star rating

    Great loaf of bread , if you follow the recipe carefully and don’t skip any steps it will turn out like bread from any old bakery ! Will defo do again !

  25. 5 star rating

    lovely results tasted really good

  26. 3 star rating

    Interesting reading. Easy bake yeast eliminates the need to knock back yet method states to knock back dough.
    I use the easy bake yeast with no need to knock bak

  27. 5 star rating

    I use olive oil instead of butter 4 tablespoons I started out using 2.

  28. 4 star rating

    The bread turned out well, but if you use BUTTER, it is neither Dairy Free or suitable for Vegans. I used block margarine instead which works equally as well.

  29. 4 star rating

    Just found this sight this morning!
    It is great recipe site.
    Cannot wait to try some of the recipes.
    I will probably give it five then.
    Reviews say it all.

  30. 5 star rating

    Great recipe, I found a 40 minute bake made it perfect. On the second attempt I substituted olive oil for the butter with no negative effects.

  31. 5 star rating

    Foolproof for me ..though I reduced the baking time given second time around ( I have an AGA ).

  32. 5 star rating

    Made a great loaf that everyone wolfed down. Having to do it again!

  33. 5 star rating

    This recipe was a great success. I took some of the dough and made 2 crusty rolls. delicious!

  34. 5 star rating

    When I came to point 3 I put the dough in a bowl and covered it but it didn't rise even after two hours, maybe it was too cold. Eventually I left it overnight and when I came to look the next morning it had risen beautifully. Turned it out onto a baking tray and let it rise again, then baked and I got a lovely loaf of bread.

  35. 5 star rating

    Lovely bread couldn't wait for it to cool down to have a slice 😋
    A change from my sour dough bread 😅

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