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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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I've tried this one three times. I got the best results by activating the yeast first with wam water and a little sugar. I also left the dough to rise in the CE steamer basket for 2 hours at 30deg with no mixing. I used a bread tin too for good shape.

Lorina Hird

very easy have made it a couple of times now last time as a cob loaf and filled it with garlic and cheese filling everyone loved it.


left mine to rise a little longer as it seemed very short... would love some notes on how to knead the dough... otherwise so wasy to make and the smell is divine!


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.