A nice crusty bread
500g strong white flour plus extra for dusting
40g butter, softened
Put the flour, salt, yeast and butter into a large bowl and mix together. Add almost all the water and blend the ingredients together, then add the remaining water and mix in the bowl for 2 minutes.
Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead well for 5 minutes, then place the dough back in the bowl and leave to rest for 2 hours.
Line a baking tray. Shape the dough into a ball, place on the baking tray and leave to rise for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Using a sharp knife, slash the dough across the top and dust with flour. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.