Good afternoon! I have had a particularly busy day today as it is my mum’s birthday so I’ve been running around making a birthday cake, dinner and pudding. This has consisted of a chocolate victoria sponge (made in a bundt tin), a chicken and ham tangle pie from the Hairy Dieter’s cookbook and a Baked alaska for pudding since it’s her favourite – I’ll be blogging these things very soon so watch this space!
For this post, I’ve made Mary’s white cottage loaf, of which was for my grandparents for them to take away on holiday with them. From what I heard it was very nice – and I don’t think it was too shabby for my first attempt at it!
- 450 g strong white flour
- 7 g fast-action yeast
- 40 g butter, melted
- 7 g salt
- 300 ml warm water
- 1 large egg, beaten
- Add all of the dry ingredients into a bowl, making sure you keep the yeast and salt at opposite sides of the bowl. and blend until you have a sticky dough. Add the water 100 ml at a time as you may not need to use all 300 ml of it.
- Knead on a floured surface, adding a little flour if the dough remains too sticky. The end result should be a smooth and elastic dough, it can take up to 10 mins if doing it by hand.
- Flour a large bowl and transfer the dough into it. Cover tightly with clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm place for 1hr to 90 mins or until it has doubled in size.
- Tip the dough out onto a floured work surface and knock back by hand until smooth. Cut off 1/4 of it and shape into a round ball. Shape the remaining dough into a large ball and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Sit the small ball on top of the large one.
- Using the floured handle of a wooden spoon, push it through the centre of the two balls until you hit the baking tray and then remove it carefully. Place the baking tray into a large plastic bag, seal the end and leave to prove in a warm place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas mark 7. Brush with the beaten egg and place in the oven for 25 minutes until golden and hollow when tapped on the base. Leave to cool on a wire rack.