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The Lazy Ladies Loaf

There is nothing better than a slice of good bread and creamy Devondale butter. The holy grail of any good baker is to make the perfect loaf of bread, but for something so simple that we eat every day it’s amazing that it’s so difficult to get right. This kitchen hack will get you a perfect loaf every time without any of the fuss and was passed to Anna as the secret recipe of the wife of a very famous chef and breaks every rule of making a good loaf of bread. Place all the ingredients – flour, yeast, oil, salt and lukewarm water into bowl and mix through with hands 2 or 3 times and then put into the fridge overnight. The next day take the dough out of fridge and sit on the bench for 2 hours and then place into a COLD OVEN, turn on and bake for 45 minutes. The resulting Ciabatta style loaf will have the most amazingly beautiful texture and is delicious with a generous spread of Devondale Butter.


  • 500gms unbleached plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 475mls lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Extra flour for dusting and shaping
  • Devondale Award Winning butter (for spreading)


  1. Mix flour, yeast and salt together in a large bowl
  2. Pour in the water to make a sticky dough. Mix together with a spatula until well combined
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge over night
  4. Next day take out of fridge and rest at room temp for about 1.5 to 2 hours depending on weather.(it must be just at room temp before you bake)
  5. Line a flat oven tray with baking paper and sprinkle generously with flour. Remove the dough from the bowl using a spatula, scape out onto tray. It will be VERY sticky. Shape dough with floured hands into a ciabatta shape. Flip dough over so that the wrinkled floured side is on top
  6. Place the tray in a cold oven and set at 220 degrees Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until it has a light golden colour and the bread sounds hollow when tapped
  7. Cool on wire racks & serve whilst still warm with lashings of Devondale Butter