Cob (or Cobb) Loaf Recipe

A cob loaf is a quick and easy white loaf that is good to start your bread-making journey with.

When I used to stay at my uncles’s smallholding in Llangain in Carmarthenshire we would take the bus or scrounge a lift into Carmarthen on market day and buy a cob loaf from one of the bakers. Then we would get a pound of strong cheddar cheese from one of the stalls, a few onions and a jar of gherkins. That would be our tea sorted out for a couple of days.

Anyway, if you get around to trying this recipe, try eating it with a good slice of Cheddar cheese and an equally thick slice of tears-to-your-eyes onion, and a couple of gherkins on the side.

Here is the recipe for the bread: –


  • Strong white bread flour – 500g
  • 10g salt dissolved in 300ml of water
  • 10g Allinson’s Easy Bake Yeast
  • 30g butter


  1.  Mix the dry yeast into the flour
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the flour
  3. Add the salted water to the flour
  4. Work the ingredients into a dough and knead to perfection
  5. Leave to rise (prove) for an hour or two at room temperature until doubled in size
  6. Knock back
  7. Shape into a ball and add a little flour across the top
  8. Cut a cross on top of the loaf with a sharp knife (I find an old bread knife works best) about a centimetre deep
  9. Second proving
  10. Cook at 220 for 35 – 40 minutes
  11. Cool on a wire rack
  12. Enjoy with a good Cheddar cheese, a slice or two of onion, salted butter, gherkins and maybe a bit of Branston pickle

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