When Geoff & I met, nearly 30 years ago, I was so impressed that he could make bread. This recipe was given to him by Gwen Dorward, who lived next door to Geoff’s parents. Bill & Gwen were years ahead of their time, running an organic orchard & drying fruit in a solar window contraption in the garden.  Bill & Gwen are long gone, but their bread recipe lives on…

No Knead Bread

Put your oven on low, or you can sit the loaf tins above the coal  range or fire, not too hot though.)

Dissolve 1 dsp honey into 800ml of blood heat water. Sprinkle 2dsp of yeast granules on the top, & leave to bubble.

Meanwhile put 900gms of flour & 2tsp salt in a large bowl. (Geoff uses 1:1 white & wholemeal, & adds a couple of handfuls of sunflower seeds)

Oil 2 1lb loaf tins, sprinkle sesame seeds in the bottoms if you like.

Mix the water, honey, yeast into the flour & stir thoroughly. Divide into the 2 tins, you can smooth the tops with  wet fingers. Put to rise for about 20 mins until doubled in size.

Put the tins into an oven at 190 C bake for 10 mins, then turn it down to 175C for 30 mins. The loaves should sound hollow when you tap them. Cool on a rack, put the kettle on for a cuppa to have with your fresh bread!

We worked out these loaves cost about $1.50 each for organic flour, plus power. You can slice & freeze them for convenience.