Simple White Cob Loaf

SIde Oven Bakery breadmaking courses

A basic recipe for white bread.  A real favourite – the simplicity of ingredients  really comes through in the flavour. 

500g Organic Stoneground White Flour
7g of dried Yeast
Large pinch of salt
Flour for dusting
Tepid water (320ml)


  • Tip the flour into a bowl and then add a pinch of salt and 7g of dried yeast.
  • Measure 320ml tepid water into a jug
  • Make small well in the centre of the flour & gradually add the water, mixing until all the ingredients have pulled together into a soft ball of dough. Lightly flour your work surface and tip the dough out.
  • With the heel of your hand gently knead the dough for about 8 minutes. If preferred a processor may be used at the slowest speed using a dough hook.
  • Place the dough back into the bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for about 50 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
  • The dough should be soft to touch and full of air. Scrape it out onto a floured work surface.
  • Knock out the air, knead briefly and mold. Using the side of your hand shape the side into a round cob shape. Once you have the shape dip the top into the middlings so it is well covered.
  • Place on your lined baking tray, cover with tea towel and prove again – for approx. 20 mins – Press your finger into the dough – if it leaves an indentation it is ready to go into the oven.
  • Place the tray into a hot oven at 220’c and bake until golden brown – approx 35minutes.
  • Check to see if your bread is ready by tapping the base of the loaf – if it sounds hollow it is ready.

Leave your bread to cool and then slice and enjoy!

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