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Paul Hollywood’s Cottage Loaf recipe goes hand in hand with my Great British Baking Show Bake-Along. If you LOVE to bake and try new recipes join the group!

My bakers were given a very sparse cottage loaf recipe on our Bake-Along group. It had measurements only and very few directions to follow. Kind of like a real technical challenge on the GBBO.

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Of course, I wasn’t THAT cruel. I linked them to the REAL recipe. And I also gave them a link to this version of a cottage loaf recipe as well.

This post is for anyone looking to bake Paul Hollywood’s Cottage Loaf with American Measurements, no scale needed. And it’s also for anyone participating in my Great British Baking Show Bake-Along. 

Why Paul Hollywood’s Cottage Loaf with American Measurements?

This is a bake I thought long and hard about. I wanted to give the bakers a real technical challenge, yet I didn’t want to scare anyone off.

My plan was to give them only the measurements and a few directions for Paul Hollywood’s Cottage Loaf and then direct them here for weights and measurements translations and more baking directions as needed.

One of the things I wanted to avoid with this Bake-Along was forcing people to buy more things. I didn’t want money to hold anyone back. So I came up with the idea of providing a recipe with measurements we were all used to.

This way no one is left out of Bread Week because they didn’t have a kitchen scale. My Bake-Along is ALL inclusive, you just have to want to do it.

And remember it’s NEVER too late to join the fun on Facebook, here is the link, join us! We’re going to KEEP on baking-along as long as we can!

Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements


The recipe and directions for Paul Hollywood’s Cottage Loaf

The recipe and directions I gave were minimal. In fact, this is exactly what my bakers received in the Bake-Along group.

  • Make a dough using 500 grams of flour, 7 grams of yeast, 7 grams of salt, 50 grams of butter or lard, 300-450 ML of  water
  • Knead until done
  • Prove
  • Shape loaf
  • Let Rise
  • Bake until done

But then I am providing them links to the Cottage Loaf Post on the GBBO site AND this post with American measurements. If you want the complete recipe just scroll down and there it is with all of the measurements and directions.

I have personally made some things for the Bake-Along that I would have NEVER tried by myself.

That’s one of the joys of this group, baking new things everyone will enjoy trying. My recent favorites have been Jaffa Cakes and Povitica and this classic the British Iced Bun! But perhaps my all-time favorite bake was when we made Bedfordshire Clangers.

I love festival week when we made a loaf of bread for a festival. I’d been planning to make Pan de Muertos already but when festival week came up I had to make it right then.

I'm hosting a Great British Baking Show Bake-Along. Here's Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements for Week 3, Bread Week!  #GBBO #greatbritishbakingshow

This is such a FABULOUS loaf of bread! It looks rustic and tastes as if it came from a bakery. Plus with that topknot, it just looks over the top awesome!

Can I Make Bread with All-Purpose Flour?

Yes, you can absolutely make bread even IF you don’t have bread flour. Bread flour has wheat that has a higher gluten content so it’s a little more structurally sound. If you DON’T have bread flour it’s going to be just fine. I test all my recipes with All-Purpose Flour (AP Flour) to make sure they will work for you.

As a mom of teen boys I know buying bread flour in bulk can be hard to do, whether its availability OR price that makes it hard. So I make sure that if anyone needs (KNEADS) to use AP flour, they’ll be just fine to do so.

You can ALSO make your own bread flour out of AP flour. Simply measure out your flour, for every cup remove 1.5 teaspoons of flour and add in 1.5 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten.

How to Eat a Cottage Loaf?

I had a question from a reader and I thought I’d share it here if anyone is interested. She asked HOW to eat a cottage loaf. When I make it I’m serving it with a hearty soup, like this Hungarian Mushroom, and I simply cut it in wedges.

FAQs about this Cottage Loaf Recipe:

  • Can I bake this in a loaf pan? I don’t recommend baking this bread in a bread pan, use another recipe for that. This is really made to be formed and baked like a classic cottage loaf. Even if the shaping of it intimidates you try it anyway!
  • Mine turned into a lumpy mess, what did I do wrong? That’s probably a measuring issue. If you’ve added the called for flour and it still looks like the dough is too soft to even stay in a ball you may have added too much liquid or your flour measuring was off. Try adding small amounts of flour and kneading them in until a nice dough is formed.

Do I need a scale for successful baking?

Using a scale means you never get too much or too little of any ingredient, your baking WILL be better but it won’t be perfect. There’s a LOT of things that make bakes fail OR succeed and a scale can help. But I would say that practice and trial and error are the best way to be a better baker.

How to Correctly Measure Flour

When you’re measuring flour for this recipe remember to loosen it or lighten it with a slotted spoon. THEN scoop it into your measuring cup over the top of the rim. THEN scrape it off with a flat knife or edge of something to get the correct amount of flour.

Yield: 1 loaf

Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements

I'm hosting a Great British Baking Show Bake-Along. Here's Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements for Week 3, Bread Week! #GBBO #greatbritishbakingshow

I'm hosting a Great British Baking Show Bake-Along. Here's Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements for Week 3, Bread Week!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 3 3/4 cups flour, plus additional for dusting
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 TBSP butter, softened, or lard, cut in pieces
  • 2 cups warm water, Not quite 2 cups, it translates to 1.9 cups
  • oil


  1. put flour, yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements
  2. add butter or lard and 1 1/4 cups warm water, stir together Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements
  3. once stirred togther add the remaining water, remember you may need a little more or a little less, so add it a small amount at a time until the mix is pulling together in a ball
  4. dust your counter with flour, tip the dough out and knead for 5-10 minutes until the dough is soft and smooth Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements
  5. place in an oiled bowl, cover and let prove until the dough is doubled in size Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements
  6. once it's doubled, punch it down, folding the dough to the center Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements
  7. divide the dough into 1/3 and 2/3 chunks
  8. take the 2/3 piece and pat it to a rectangle, fold over in thirds long ways, then fold each end in, use your hands to pat and strech the dough into a circle
  9. repeat with the smaller piece of dough
  10. place the smaller circle on top of the bigger circle, pat down gently, flour up two fingers and plunge them down through both circles to bind them together
  11. cover completley and let rise about one hour or until the dough is soft and springy
  12. meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 425˚ and out a large roasting pan of water on the bottom rack
  13. once the bread is done rising, remove the plastic wrap, slash it in 8 places, dust lightly with flour and bake at 415˚ for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 375˚ and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the bread is done Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements
  14. test for doneness by knocking on the bottom of laof, if it sounds hollow it's done Paul Hollywood's Cottage Loaf with American Measurements

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 194Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 10mgSodium 294mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 4g

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21 thoughts on “Make Paul Hollywood’s Cottage Loaf Recipe”

  1. This looks beautiful! I love this idea to do a bake a long- and a test just like they do on the show with minimal information- so challenging! I am afraid that my baking often fails even given the best information!

    • Hello! Found this with a basic Google search for the ‘cottage loaf,’ and I cannot believe that was the basic recipe that was given! I am so excited to try this as I have only ever made three breads before this one. I have ordered a basic bread cookbook, and am awaiting it’s arrival. Any advice for a beginning baker? Also, what kind of weighing scale do you use for your kitchen? (Or which do you recommend getting?)
      Thanks for your time!!

    • I’m not 100% sure that was recipe given. When I’ve seen peeks at the technical challenge recipes on the show the details are SCARCE! So I tried to make mine scarce as well.
      My advice for a beginner baker is try and keep trying until you get it right. A LOT can go wrong but at least you get to eat your mistakes, right?

  2. The first loaf of bread I made ! Still one of my favorites but have gotten better since
    Bread is my favorite thing to bake but I do love to make enriched dough and play.,,
    Love apricot corouune… but I play with that one too! The one bread I still have trouble with is Paul’s chocolate and cherry loaf, maybe one day
    Thanks for the American measurements

  3. 4 stars
    I’ve made this twice and it’s really good. But each time, the dough melted into one big blob during the second proof. What am I doing wrong?

    • I would say try adding a 1/4 cup of flour to the mix and see how that works. When you’re kneading it give it a feel, does it feel super soft and squishy, if it does add more flour. It should be a bit of a more substantial dough to hold up to the double layer.

  4. This might be a dumb question, but how are you supposed to eat this? Slice and make sandwiches? Tear it up and dip it? I’m lost?

  5. I’m having the same problem Chris is above. Mine turns into a big blob and looks like Jabba the Hutt. I’ll try adding more flour and see if that helps.

    • This happened to me too, but it’s only my first try. I think a little more flour and don’t let it over-rise (which I did).

  6. Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing and super easy to make recipe! It tasted so delicious and flavorful! Loved it, will surely have this again! Highly recommended!


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