Crusty Cob

32+
3hr Rest Time

4

A nice crusty bread

500g strong white flour plus extra for dusting

10g salt

15g yeast

40g butter, softened

300ml water

Step 1

Put the flour, salt, yeast and butter into a large bowl and mix together. Add almost all the water and blend the ingredients together, then add the remaining water and mix in the bowl for 2 minutes. 

Step 2

Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead well for 5 minutes, then place the dough back in the bowl and leave to rest for 2 hours.

Step 3

Line a baking tray. Shape the dough into a ball, place on the baking tray and leave to rise for 1 hour.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Using a sharp knife, slash the dough across the top and dust with flour. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.