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Farmhouse loaf Cook Expert

Preparation : 10 min Resting : 3 hr
Cooking : 30 min Equipment :
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Serves 1 loaf :
1 sachet easy blend yeast (7g)
240 ml cold water
400 g bread flour
5 g salt
1Put all of the ingredients into the metal bowl. Start the BREAD/BRIOCHE programme. If the ingredients are not well combined, restart the programme by pressing Auto. Place the dough in a floured bowl, cover with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place to rise for 2 hours.
2Then, place the dough on a floured work surface. Work with the palm of the hand pushing the dough outwards, then fold the four corners into the centre; turn the dough over and place, seam-side down, on a lined* baking tray. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside to rise again for 1 hour.
3Preheat the oven to 220°C (gas mark 7/8) just before the dough finishes rising; fill a roasting tin with water and place on the base of the oven. Dust the ball of dough with flour and using the wet blade of a very sharp knife, make a deep crisscross pattern on the top. Bake for 30 minutes. To check if the bread is cooked turn the loaf over and tap the bottom—it should sound hollow. Cool on a rack.

© photographs Sandra Mahut
© Hachette Livre (Marabout) 2016
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The result may vary depending on the flour used.


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This was my first attempt at bread and it worked pretty well. I only cooked the loaf for 22 minutes as my oven runs pretty hot so glad I checked on it before the 30 min suggested in recipe. I served with chicken and corn soup also made in the CE so overall, family gave it a thumbs up !


I accidentally left it to rise too long, but it still turned out successfully. Goes very nicely with soup. Amazing how fresh, homemade bread can make a simple meal seem so much more impressive. And this recipe is so easy.


Simply easy to make and very tasty.