Baked Potatoes Recipe. A classic. So simple to make and so easy to vary. Baked potatoes are packed full of flavour and energy and can be filled with nearly anything that springs to mind. Devour our Baked Potatoes recipe.
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Step 2: Preheat the oven
Set the oven to 180ºC (350ºF/ gas mark 4).
Step 3: Wash the potatoes
Place the bowl of potatoes in the sink and rinse them well under a cold running tap, turning occasionally to ensure they are thoroughly clean.
Step 4: Dry the potatoes
Put a piece of kitchen roll onto a flat working surface, place the potatoes on top and pat them dry with a second piece of kitchen roll.
Step 5: Pierce the potatoes
Take a fork and pierce each potato 8-10 times, all over. This releases the moisture when cooking and stops them going soggy. Place them into a large bowl, pour over the oil and mix well with your hand. Sprinkle over a generous amount of salt and mix well once more.
Step 6: Bake
Place the potatoes in the centre of the oven on a wire rack and bake for 1 hour until they become crispy on the outside and fluffy and soft in the middle.
Place a baking tray underneath, prelined with foil to catch any drippings and to keep your oven nice and clean!
Step 7: Remove from the oven
Remove the potatoes when cooked and transfer them onto a large serving plate.
Step 8: Cut the potatoes
Make a long slit with a large knife across the potato but not completely to the edge. Then make a slit downwards, to create a cross. Push the potato together to open it up and add a generous knob of butter. Repeat with all four potatoes.
Step 9: Serve
Your potatoes can be served on their own or with a wide variety of toppings, like grated cheese or baked beans.
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