These crown and cottage loafs are probably my favorite part of this feast. My intentions were to just make simple dinner rolls but as I was looking through my cookbooks for inspiration, I came upon these two recipes from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible – the crown loaf and white cottage loaf. Both recipes were very simple and easy to make and it just looked perfect on the dinner table. While I made these exact to her recipe, I imagine some seeds thrown on top with be amazing! Also, after all the photographs, I made myself a sandwich with the bread and the roast chicken and gravy and OH MY GOODNESS, it was incredible.
I’ve seen made variations of the crown loaf before but I’ve never seen of heard of the white cottage loaf. After a bit of digging online, there are a few theories on how it got it’s distinctive shape but most popular explanation is that it helped conserve space in the oven. It’s quite clever because this reminds me of Thanksgiving or Christmas when everyone is clamoring for space in the oven. Regardless, this is such a fun loaf to have on the dinner table and a delicious way to mop up the juices from the roasts.
Check back soon for more recipes for my Hobbit Day dinner feast! Please let me know in the comments how you celebrate Hobbit Day. I’m so curious if any you guys had any traditions. Please enjoy!