My Simple Cob Loaf

By request, this is the simple cob loaf recipe that made its first appearance on my old website, and had sadly been left behind. A smashing loaf

Here it is in all its glory, the one that (nearly) got away! Enjoy ;-)

Difficulty: Easy

3 hours

Ingredients:

400g       Strong white bread flour

100g        Wholemeal bread flour

350g       Room temperature water

10g          Salt

12g           Fresh yeast or a 7g sachet dry fast action yeast

Method

1.       Weigh all your ingredients. The two flours and salt into a large bowl, and the water into a jug. If you are using fresh yeast, dissolve this in the water before moving on to step 2. If you are using dry yeast, pop it into the flour bowl

2.       Add the liquid to the bowl and mix everything together

3.       Get the dough out of the bowl, and knead it on a clean table for 10-12 minutes. Do not add any flour at this point. Keep a dough scraper handy, and use it to have a tidy up, scraping the dough pack together, every once in a while. Shape the dough into a ball, and place it back into the bowl. Dust with a little flour, cover with a clean cloth, and rest for 60-90 minutes

4.       When your dough has rested and puffed up nicely, dust the table with a little flour, use your scraper to loosen the dough from the bowl, and turn it out onto the table upside down. Press all over with your fingertips to flatten and de-gas slightly. Shape up your dough into a tight ball

 

5.       Place your beautifully shaped loaf onto a parchment lined tray, cover with a cloth, and allow to rest and prove up for 45-60 minutes. At some point during this time, place a deep roasting tray in the bottom of your oven and preheat to 220°C Fan/Gas Mark 8

6.      When your loaf has risen nicely and is delicate to the touch, boil half a kettle of water. Slash the surface of the dough with a grignette, and slide into the oven. Pull the hot roasting tray out slightly and pour in the water from the kettle, and BE CAREFUL. You'll need a couple of centimetres of water in the tray. Shut the door quick to keep the steam in

7.       Bake for 15 minutes, then, turn the oven down to 200°C Fan/Gas Mark 7 and bake for a further 25 minutes. Tap the base of the loaf and if you hear that classic hollow sound it's done! If it is a dull thud, keep on baking for another 10 minutes or so before checking again. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack

So there you have it, a crusty daily loaf to feed yourself and your family. When you're done give me a shout and send me a snap ;-)