(Makes 1 loaf)
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 8 cups flour
- 3 cups water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 180°C.
If you have the time you can punch down and rise the bread several times for a denser loaf.
For the batter, put flour and yeast into a bowl with warm water and leave for 10–20 minutes to rise and bubble.
For the dough, place second measure of flour in a bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour in batter and second measure of water, along with sugar and salt. Mix to form a dough and knead until smooth and elastic. Put dough into a buttered pot and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
Bake bread for 1 hour. You will know when your bread is done by the smell and it will sound hollow when you tap it.
Turn out and wrap in a damp cloth to keep fresh.
Hunter from the Heartland by Cameron Petley
Published by Random House NZ