Project BreadHead: 04 Cottage Loaf

Time for loaf number 4 of Project BreadHead. The Cottage Loaf!

Here are the ingredients:

Flour, salt, yeast and water. More yeast than usual!

Mix your yeast mixture and leave to dissolve for 10 minutes. In the meantime, sift the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre.

When the yeast mix is ready add to the flour and salt and top up with water.

Knead for 10 minutes and place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for an hour.

When the dough is rising you should notice the bowl fill with gas.

When the time is up, knock it back and knead for a couple of minutes. Split into two balls, two thirds and one third.

Put each ball on a baking sheet and cover with an upturned bowl. Leave for 30 minutes.

Flatten the base with a knife and cut a small cross in the centre.

Brush the base with water and then place the smaller ball on top. Push down into the centre until you reach the base. Leave for 10 minutes.

Cut into the dough around the edges of the base and the upper layer in 5cm intervals. Bake on gas mark 7 for 35 minutes. Tap the base and if it’s hollow, it’s ready.

Slice. Enjoy.

This one is a bit plain and dry but nice enough when toasted or in a sandwich.

Thanks for reading, see you next time!

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