Monday, October 3, 2011

English Cottage Bread Loaf

Would like to share another great loaf of bread with all  of you using straight dough method. Soft and i think the crumbs are quite well developed too. As usual, i did all these using my mixer, no hand kneading. I find this bread richer in taste compared to the normal plain white loaf . i also like the crust this time, a little thicker and  very slighty chewy.  Though i'm baking breads quite often, i seldom get this kind of crust. I also doubt if this is the kind of traditional british english cottage loaf cos most of the recipes i checked on the internet do not have eggs or butter but anyway, this is still a nice bread...alex goh's version. I guess he has worked most of his recipes to suit local preferences :)

Recipe ( from the World of Bread by Alex Goh )
Ingredients A
400gm bread flour
100gm plain flour
45gm sugar
10gm salt
20gm milk powder
3 1/2 tsps instant yeast

Ingredients B
1 egg
260ml cold water

Ingredients C
60gm butter

Topping( optional)
Butter and sugar

1. Mix (A) till well blended. Add (B) and knead to form a dough.
2. Add (C) and knead to form a smooth and elastic dough. Let it proof for 60 minutes.
3.Divide the dough into 2 portions and shape them into balls. Let them rest for 10mins, flatten it and roll them up like swiss roll.
4. Grease 2 loaf tins ( 20cmx11cmx11cm). Put 1 roll in each tin. Leave to prove for 45 mins or till they double their sizes.
5. Using a sharp knife, slash once lengthwise across the top of the bread, place some butter and sprinkle some sugar on top.
6.Bake at preheated oven at 180C for 30minutes. Remove from  mould and leave to cool.

* i made one loaf in a 10"x6" loaf tin and another one in oval shape and baked in a baking sheet.


  1. Hi Lena, I almost made this bread last week! I made this a couple of times before I started blogging, and I love it! The texture is soft with lovely crust. Alex Goh did it again, another winning bread recipe, a keeper! Your bread looks beautiful, soft and delicious! Wish I could have two slices now for my breakfast! :)

  2. Looks so smooth... like butter cake! hahaha.. reminds me so..

  3. Like the texture of your bread^^.
    I always hand kneading the bread flour,my arm really feel i wish i could have a bigger size of mixer one day to do this kind of job for me:(

  4. Lena, I like your bread, so soft and fluffy.

  5. The texture of the bread so soft and fluffy !

  6. that texture is soooo lovely!

  7. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesOctober 3, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    The texture looks soft and fluffy!

  8. Wow! this looks even better than store-bought loaf...! Thumbs up!

  9. The texture of the bread looks very fine and soft, must be yummy :)

  10. Looks very good. I have to take baking lessons with you.

  11. I would love to try making this bread. Crusty on the outside, soft on the inside. Perfect!!

  12. I can't tell you how delicious that loaf of bread is looking. Perfectly done. Moist, tender and the perfect color. Oh how i wish i had a piece right now with some butter and jam. Love that it is slightly crisp on the outside

  13. apa khabar lena?menarik sungguh roti yang lena masak ni...dah lama Cm tak masak roti kerana masa yang tak mengizinkan.Hanya masak menu yang ringkas dan cepat:)ceria ceria selalu.

  14. WOoo...I want to dip this into the curry sauce. :))

  15. this bread loaf look absolutely amazing! Love to make bread1 gloria

  16. ... am fine, thanks! I suspect, in addition to soft, it is also fragrant : ).

  17. º° ✿
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    Passei para uma visitinha.
    Suas receitas é tudo de bom.
    Boa semana!
    Brasilº° ✿
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  18. Oh I love the texture of the bread, soft and fluffy! Will try this recipe, definitely much easier with straight dough method. Tks lena!

  19. Oh... the texture, the look of soft and fluffy bread is..... so saliva tempting!!! Ooopsss...
    I was reading thru the instruction of making the bread and I notice that at Step 5, slash lengthwise across the top of the bread, place some butter and sprinkle some sugar on top..
    This is after the 2nd proof, will it deflate the bread?? Or we have to do this b4 the 2nd proof.

    Pls help!!!

  20. Too bad I cannot bake, if not how good it is to have homemade bread!

  21. Lena, this is a beautiful loaf of bread. I like how you described it and I like the slightly chewy crust. Perfect with my lavender jelly!

    BTW, my jelly didn't take two weeks to set up, but it did take a few days, almost a week...ahhh patience :)

  22. This loaf is beautiful. Love the green-y contrast from the background of this loaf!

    I can tell that this is another great bread baking book and hope that I can find this book when I'm back in Singapore.

  23. Simple ingredients yet yield into awesomely fluffy cottage bread, thumbs up!

  24. Oooo...wnother lovely soft bread from Lena dear. Absolutely beautiful!
    Hope you're having a great week ahead.

  25. Looks like i have to look out for alex goh's cookbook! this bread is such a winner to me! regardless of it's authenticity, I love how the crust look with it's soft fluffy insides.

  26. thanks everyone for coming by here.

    @ cik mangiis: hai cm, khabar baik. Ya,memang angkat sedikit masa untuk buat roti, lain kali bila cm ada masa, cubalah .

    @bee: hope you will love this..i'm going to try out the 17hr soon!

    @anonymous: hi, i did this after the 2nd proof, i used a scissors to do that cos i dont have that kind of sharp knife. If you have a sharp knife, you can slash it after shaping them but the slit may covered up a bit during the 2nd proof after the bread expands. yeah, slashing after the 2nd proof can be very tricky but i read that some advise that you can try dipping your knife with water before slashing them, making them easier to slash and reduce the risks of deflating them. Hope this helps.

    @zoe: oh, my garden!!

  27. Hi Lena.. this kind of bread is my fave but my hubby prefer hard one since he doesn't eat rice as much as I do ^,^
    Bookmarked this recipe, thx for sharing

  28. Lena, what a beautiful loaf of bread, I love Alex Goh recipes...have to give this a try.
    Hope you are having a great week and thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe :-)

  29. Hi Lena, I sure this bread, look delicious! I would love have butter and a light sprinkling of sugar on it, or kaya.
    I think 5 pieces should be fine with me.
    If put corn beef, make it 6 pieces!

    Lena, where do lovely ladies like you come from?
    In a way I was ha ha, lucky when as a bachelor I did not meet someone like you before I was 30.
    Food, especially like your kam heong crabs can be dangerous to young bachelors....can end our wild days, ha ha ha.

    Hey, you mind I copy your kam heong crab, 1st pic? Can or not?
    Will display when I naik angin not post about women, but food. Will credit you.
    Have a nice day.

  30. I've always prefer homemade bread, although 90% I bought it from store.... because I can't bake :(

    I'm 'eating' your bread with my mind now....

  31. Wow...that's such a nice loaf! Lena, u should come here and open a bakery. Yours is better than what I see here!

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  33. Very long didn't bake bread liao....this one looks really tasty!

  34. Love the homemade bread! Look at the crust and crumb of the bread..sensational! Thumbs for you, Lena!

  35. The simplest breads are usually the yummiest. :)

  36. This is the kind of bread I like, actually I'm thinking that the best breads are the ones which look like this one I mean totally soft in appearance.

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  38. This bread is a huge hit with my family. We can not get enough of it. I plan on making it for our Thanksgiving dinner. I know it will be a big winner.