How to Make A Cottage Loaf

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Gorgeous and delicious! This distinctive Stacked Cottage Loaf is easy to make, requires only 5 Ingredients and a short proving time. Make your own Traditional Cottage loaf by following my no fuss recipe. Perfect for ambitious beginner bakers!

Cottage loaf recipe

The Cottage Loaf

This traditional English loaf has been baked and enjoyed by British families for hundreds of years! This unusual loaf was once a very Popular bread, mainly because it remedied a problem! It was all about efficiency. In the mid 19th century the old English bread ovens were very limited on space, so a stacked loaf ‘The Cottage Loaf’ was created in order to maximise oven floor space. While they remained popular for some time, the birth of better functioning ovens and modern methods saw the Cottage loaf cast a side- though in recent years it has made a comeback due to its traditional, whimsical charm.

cottage loaf recipe

Why You’ll love this recipe

  • Quick- Well, quicker in comparison to other loaves. Just one hour rise
  • Delicious- The added fat (butter) gives it a beautiful soft crumb, an absolute delight to eat!
  • Impressive- Looks the part, your guests will think you’re a master baker!
  • Budget Friendly – Just 5 affordable ingredients

How I make My Cottage Loaf

Ingredients

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  • Strong White bread Flour – Can be substituted for Whole-wheat flour if tou prefer
  • Sachet of Quick action yeast
  • 60 g Butter Room Temperature – Lard can be used as an alternative
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 300 ml Warm Water – The warmth of the water helps activate the yeast. ** Don’t use Hot water, it will kill the yeast.

The Basic Steps

  • Add The Flour and Salt to a large bowl and mix together
  • Rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips until it resembles bread crumbs
  • Add the Yeast and stir well
  • Pour in the warm water, stir until a dough forms.
  • Knead the Dough until smooth and stretchy
  • Form two balls of dough, one larger than the other
  • On the larger Ball of dough , brush a little water, place the smaller dough ball on top
  • Allow to rise for 1 hour, until doubled in size
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  • Preheat the oven
  • Score the dough
  • Cover and set aside for 15 minutes
  • Brush with Beaten egg
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes
cottage loaf recipe

Tips for a Successful Cottage Loaf

Kneading by Hand

  • After adding all the dry ingredients, add the water a little at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon as you pour until a thick dough forms. With your hands press the dough into all the flour remnants in the bowl, picking up any loose flour with the dough.
  • Sprinkle a little flour on your worktop and turn out the dough, knead with your hands for roughly 8 minutes until smooth and stretchy

Using a stand Mixer with a dough hook

  • Add the dry ingredients, set the mixer to low. Add the butter and 1/3 of the water a little at a time, mixing as you go until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Set the mixer to a low-Medium setting and knead with the dough hook until smooth and silky

For a Crispier Crust– Pop a Metal baking dish 1/3 full with water in the bottom of the oven. This creates a steamy environment which in turn helps to create a Golden crusty loaf

cottage loaf recipe

In a bread Making Mood?

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Berry and Banana Bread

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Tear and Share Apple Cinnamon Loaf

Caramelised Onion Focaccia Bread

Milk and Honey Loaf

cottage loaf
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Tools Used

Glass Mixing Bowl

Proving Bowl

Skillet pan

Glass measuring Jug

Bread Lame

Pastry Brush

Cooling Rack

Dough Cutter

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Quick Cottage Loaf

Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: English
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 500 g Strong White bread Flour
  • 1 x 7g Sachet of Quick action yeast
  • 60 g Butter Room Temperature
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 300 ml Warm Water

For the Egg Wash

  • 1 Beaten Egg

Instructions

  • Add The Flour and Salt to a large bowl and mix together
  • Rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips until it resembles bread crumbs
  • Add the Yeast and stir well
  • Pour in the warm water, a little at a time, continuously stirring until a dough forms.
  • Knead the Dough for around 8 minutes until smooth and stretchy
  • Form a ball of dough and cut off around 1/3. You should have 2 pieces of dough. Shape into separate balls, one large, one smaller.
  • On the larger Ball of dough , brush a little water on the top, in the centre of the dough.
  • Place the smaller ball of dough on top
  • Cover loosely with cling wrap or a tea towel, allow to rise for 1 hour, until doubled in size
  • Preheat the oven 220°c
  • Pat down with flour.
    Score the top dough ball , and score vertical lines on the side of the bottom dough ball (see pictures)
  • Cover and set aside for 15 minutes to puff up a little
  • Brush with Beaten egg
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until the base of the loaf feels hollow when tapped.
    *For a Crispier Crust Place a metal baking tin 1/3 full with water in the bottom of the oven

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