How to make a cottage loaf

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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

Follow Woman's Weekly food editor, Sue McMahon, as she shows us how to create this tasty round loaf. Follow along in our simple step-by-step video recipe.


  • 500g (1lb) strong, plain white flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 60g (2oz) butter, cubed
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • Beaten egg, for glaze
  • Baking sheet, buttered


  1. Tip the flour and salt into a bowl and add the butter. Rub the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the dried yeast.
  2. Pour in 300ml ( pint) warm water and mix into the flour to form a dough. Knead the dough for about 10 mins, either in an electric machine or by hand, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  3. Break off about a third of the dough. Shape the larger piece into a ball and place it on a baking sheet. Shape the smaller piece into a ball. Brush a little water on the centre of the larger ball and then place the smaller ball on top. Use a floured finger to press all the way down through the centre of the loaf, as far as possible, so it almost touches the baking sheet. Use the tip of a knife to score lines about 5mm (in) deep through the dough, marking it into 12 wedges.
  4. Cover the loaf with a clean tea towel or a piece of oiled cling film and leave it to prove in a warm place for 45-60 mins, or until it's doubled in size.
  5. Set the oven to Gas Mark 7 or 220C.
  6. Remove the tea towel or cling film from the loaf and brush with the egg glaze. Bake the loaf in the centre of the oven for 30-40 minutes, until it's an even, golden colour, and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on its base.
  7. Slide the loaf on to a wire rack to cool.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 183(kcal)
  • Fat 5.0g
  • Saturates 3.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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