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Ploughman’s loaf

This delicious cheesy loaf is at its best spread thickly with butter still warm from the oven.

Ingredients

Preparation method

  1. Place the rolled oats into a dry frying pan over medium heat and toast until lightly browned.

  2. Mix the dry ingredients, including the yeast, in a large bowl then add the beer and stir to combine.

  3. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes, using a scraper to lift and turn the dough.

  4. Roll the dough in a little of the oil and set it aside in a warm place until it has doubled in size.

  5. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onions until caramelised – this will take about 40 minutes. Set the onions aside to cool.

  6. When dough has risen, knock it back on a floured work surface and knead in the cooled onions and the cheese. Form the dough into a loaf shape, place it on a greased baking sheet and set aside for one hour to prove again.

  7. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4. Dust the loaf with a little more flour, cut slashes in the top and bake for 40-50 minutes or until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

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