Set the oven to 220C/200C Fan/gas mark 8.
Put a casserole pot (I used my earthenware Le Creuset Christmas present!) and its lid into the oven. I do have a cast iron pot as well, but that seemed too big for this recipe.
Mix the flours, sea salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda together in a large bowl, pour in the liquid, and then mix it all together with a butter knife.
Knead it for a bit, add a little more flour if it’s too sticky and then flatten it to about 4cm high.
The next bit was removing the pan from the oven, and dusting the inside of the pan lightly with flour. The flour starts to toast and smells fabulous.
I managed to lower in the dough without burning myself, which I counted as a win, then snipped a cross into the top with a pair of scissors.
Back on with the lid and put the dish back into the oven.
The bread should be ready after 25 minutes though mine took about 5-10 minutes longer. The smell of the loaf baking really is gorgeous, especially as you have the flour on the bottom of the pan toasting in there too.
Remove from the oven and leave in place for 5 minutes before turning out and leaving to cool slightly before eating.
That’s the pot I used to cook it in, underneath the loaf.
It has a lovely, crisp crust and a very tender inside. The crumb looks dense, but it isn’t heavy at all. Looks like another one to add to the Make Again list!
Edit: 05.12.2012 – a spiced, fruited version!
I simply had to make this again, but this time with variations.
225g spelt flour
225g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp soft muscovado sugar stirred into 350 ml plain yoghurt
1 tsp Demerara sugar mixed into the flours
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
a good grate of fresh nutmeg
1/2 cup sultanas, plumped up in warm water then drained
Put the soft muscovado sugar into the yoghurt and leave to sit for 1/2 an hour then stir well.
Mix flours, salt, bicarb together along with the 1 tsp Demerara sugar (I mix with a wire whisk to get any lumps out)
Pout the yoghurt mixture in, add the sultanas and mix to a slightly sticky dough.
Cook as above. Again, it took longer. About35 minutes.
It has a softer crust, but a gorgeous almost malty flavour.
2 thoughts on “Nigel’s Lazy Loaf”
A rather beautiful loaf of bread with a gorgeous earthy taste that warms the heart with every mouthful. definately one to add to my favourate recipe's book:)
Thank you Anon!