Basic Yeast Dough

INGREDIENTS: For one loaf

  • 315 mL warm water
  • 25 ~ 30 grams compressed yeast
  • 65 mL oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups (or a little more) of plain flour (this could be half white and half wholemeal)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 heaped tablespoon milk powder


  1. Preheat oven to 200 ~ 205 degrees C.
  2. Put water into very large bowl.
  3. Add oil and egg (reserving half the white).
  4. Crumble yeast quickly and mix well with finger tips.
  5. Place 1 cup wholemeal flour, sugar, milk powder and salt into sifter.
  6. Sift into wet ingredients.
  7. Sift remaining bran through fingers.
  8. Mix well, adding extra flour to form a firm dough.
  9. Knead dough for 10 minutes.
  10. Place dough in a covered bowl in a warm place and let rise until doubled.
  11. Knead lightly to break large bubbles and shape into loaves.
  12. Place in greased loaf tins until almost doubled.
  13. Beat reserved egg white, add a little water and brush over top before completely risen.
  14. Bake about 25 minutes.


  • This is not really suitable for sandwich bread.

From an evening college baking course done by Ian in 1982.

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