Cottage Loaf

Ingredients

  • 500g Doves Farm Organic Strong White Bread Flour
  • 1 tsp Doves Farm Quick Yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 300ml tepid water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • flour for dusting

Method

  1. Put the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt into a large bowl and blend them together.
  2. Stir in the water, and when everything looks craggy and lumpy, stir in the oil.
  3. Using your hands, gather everything together into a doughy mass.
  4. Knead the dough in the bowl, or on a work surface, for 100 presses. Avoid adding flour if possible.
  5. Cover the dough bowl with oiled cling film and leave it in a warm place for the dough to double in size, which will take about an hour.
  6. Knead the dough for another 100 presses.
  7. Cut off two thirds of the dough, roll it into a ball and place on the prepared baking tray.
  8. Roll the remaining dough into a smaller ball and place it on top of the first.
  9. Press down through the middle of the dough balls with your thumb.
  10. Loosely cover the tin with the oiled cling film and leave it to rise in a warm place for 40 minutes.
  11. Pre-heat the oven.
  12. Remove the cling film and bake for 40–45 minutes. You will know it’s done when the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
  13. Leave to cool on a wire rack.