- All purpose flour / Maida – 3 cups
- Dry Active Yeast – 1 heaped tsp
- Sugar – 1 heaped tbsp
- Olive Oil – 1 tbsp + extra for greasing
- Salt – a fat pinch
- Warm water – as required
Dissolve the sugar in half cup of lukewarm water. Then add the dry yeast to it and keep in a warm place. I have kept it in the microwave. It will become frothy in 15-20 minutes.
Mix the salt in the flour. Add the dissolved yeast with water to the flour gradually to form a soft dough. You may need to add some more warm water.
Keep the dough loosely covered in a warm place for 30-35 minutes. It will become almost double in size.
Knead the dough for 5 – 7 minutes till it springs back when you are pressing it down. Add the olive oil to the dough too. Now make a log shape of the smooth dough and place it inside a greased loaf tin.
Keep it in the warm dry place to rise again. It will almost touch the rim of the tin.
Preheat the oven to 200 degree C for 10 minutes. Make multiple slashes onto the surface of the dough using a knife.
Bake the dough for 30-35 minutes. Remove carefully from the tin. It should be evenly brown at the bottom and make a hollow sound when tapped. If not, then bake it for 10 more minutes. Mine was perfect by 35 minutes of baking.
Brush with butter/milk. Cool to room temperature. Slice and enjoy!!