Cob Loaf – The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Recipe

This is the short version of the Cob Loaf recipe that the bakers had to follow in the third episode of the Season 1 of the Great British Bake Off. Once again, they used Paul Hollywood’s recipe, so if you’re looking for the full one, go check out the recipe from here.

Some More Insights to the Challenge

The expectation is to make 1 loaf. Paul also says that it should be “nice and round, it should be floured and cut – and that’s it”.

The total time for the challenge is 2,5 hours. The challenge is similar to the Scones one as the narrator mentions that the bakers have been given only precisely measured ingredients but almost no specific method or instructions – everything will come down to their own baking instinct. Likewise, the oven temperature and the baking time have not been specified – the entire process is up to the bakers!

If you decide to do this challenge – good luck! Don’t forget to share some pictures of your end result with me afterward! For the list of all Technical Challenge recipes I’ve added so far, go see this post here.

P.S. I haven’t added any pictures of the expected result for these challenge posts on purpose. It will be a lot more fun if someone finds the challenge and doesn’t know what the end result has to look like!

Preparation

You’ll need:

  • A bowl for the dough

Before starting…

  1. Weigh all the ingredients.
  2. Set the timer to 2,5 hours.

On your marks, get set… BAKE!


COB LOAF – THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF TECHNICAL CHALLENGE RECIPE

COB LOAF – THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF TECHNICAL CHALLENGE RECIPE

Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

This is the short version of the recipe that the bakers had to follow in the 3rd episode's Technical Challenge in the Season 1 of the Great British Bake Off. 

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus a little extra flour for finishing
  • 40g soft butter
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • about 300ml tepid water (warm not cold – about body temperature)
  • a little olive or sunflower oil

Instructions

    1. Use your hands to knead the dough.

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