Cottage Bread


I got a book with several bread recipes from all around the world. This one is from Eastern-Northern Europe section. I don't know precisely if it is either east or north :)

400g water
15g honey
20g fresh yeast
700g baker's flour (bread flour)
25g butter or margarine
15g salt

1 egg

  • Warm water for 1,5 minutes at 37ºC on Speed 1
  • Add honey and yeast. Mix for 4 seconds on Speed 4
  • Add flour, butter and salt. Knead for 5 minutes
  • Put it in a deep bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1.5-2 hours
  • Flour counter and also your hands a little. Place the dough, pop air bubbles pressing and kneading for half a minute by hand. Cut 1/3 of the dough (300g about)
  • Make 1 big (2/3) and 1 smaller (1/3) rolls. Place them on the floured surface with enough distance from each other. Cover with plastic film and let them rise for 1 hour
  • Cover oven tray with baking paper and brush with a little oil
  • Get the bigger roll and gently transfer into tray. Flatten out a little by pressing gently by your hands. (Don't flatten too much)
  • Get the small roll gently and place it in the center of big roll. Unite your thumb, index and middle fingers. Make a hole in the center of bread by pressing your united fingers into the center until you arrive at bottom. Let it rest for 10 minutes
  • Brush with beaten egg on the top ( I used 1/2 egg)
  • Make some cuts (not very deep) on the both rolls.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 230ºC for 15 minutes
  • Reduce the temperature to 200ºC and continue to bake for other 20 minutes
  • Let it cool on the wire racks


It is adapted with some modifications from the recipe named as "Pane cottage all'antica" from "Pane Fatto in Casa by Linda Callister".

2 yorum:

  1. I think this bread is from the UK. I used to see it a lot when I was child and have made it using an Elizabeth David recipe. Sadly not seen much nowadays ...


    1. Hi Julia,

      I am happy I posted a recipe which brought back your childhood memories ;)

      Given the fact that you have Thermomix, you can make it yourself now even if you don't find it around anymore.

      Thank you for your comment..