Crusty Cob Loaf

Have you been searching for the world’s easiest bread recipe?  Well look no further!  You don’t need to knead it or give it multiple opportunities to rise.  You simply mix it all together then forget about it until the next day when you pop it in the oven and voila – fresh crusty bread! Cooking in a pot allows the bread to steam and this creates a beautiful crust.  This is also a great recipe to get kids interested in baking.  They will be amazed at how easy bread making can be.   

3 cups plain flour

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon Instant yeast

1 1/2 cups water

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.  Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 – 18 hours.  Overnight works great.  Heat oven to 250C degrees.  When the oven has reached 250C degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes. A pottery casserole dish with a lid works well also. Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.  Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. 

Your bread should have a delicious crispy crust and present with lots of bubbles through the dough inside.

I first saw this recipe on the Simply So Good blog.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. peta s says:

    Thanks! I’m definitely going to make this with the kids. T is currently in the middle of a science experiment to see which type of bread grows mould the fastest. It’s pretty gross.


    1. anghh says:

      Oh how nice! I bet some of those supermarket brands stay mould-less for eternity!


  2. peta s says:

    Very interesting. I’m never eating supermarket bread again.


  3. anghh says:

    Glad you liked it! I make this loaf with my students and they are also converts to the home made loaf!


  4. Megan Daley says:

    I love this bread! Have you got the no knead bread book? It is FABULOUS!


    1. anghh says:

      No! It does sound fabulous!


    1. anghh says:

      Yummm! I knead that book!!


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