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Overnight yeasted wholemeal pot loaf

Pot baking offers a very different approach to baking. It is a simple, low-input method that produces excellent results. Give it a try and your baking just may be transformed!

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Pot baking offers a very different approach to baking. It is a simple, low-input method that produces excellent results. Give it a try and your baking just may be transformed!

The recipe is for a medium sized LeCreuset, but a good iron pot/camp oven is excellent…or a clay baking pot (which must be well seasoned). The recipe can be adjusted accordingly, either by doubling the ingredients or simple proportional increases with the bakers percentage formula.

We are using 100% organic stoneground wholemeal, but any wholemeal will work. Keep in mind that a stoneground wholemeal will perform differently than a roller milled one, so if the loaf turns out a little moist, simply adjust the water quantity next time, using a little less water.

For more thoughts and ideas on this process read our Focus on Bread: The Easiest Bread Ever.


520g  Organic wholemeal flour, preferably stoneground.

¼ teaspoon Shipton mill organic yeast.

2 teaspoons good sea salt.

400g warm water.


Oil your pot well with a good Virgin oil and, if you like, cut a round of baking paper to place in the bottom just to make sure it comes out easily.

Mix the flour and salt. Whisk the yeast into the water, then add to the flour/salt mix.

Mix with a wooden spoon or your hands until all the flour is incorporated into a rough dough; this usually takes 1 or maybe 2 minutes.

Place the mix in the well-oiled pot, lid on and … off to bed.

Your dough should be well risen by the morning, 8 hours, and ready to bake. Put the pot into a pre-heated 240 oven to bake. After 15 minutes remove the lid, turn the oven down to 200 and bake a further 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, slip a knife around the edge to loosen the loaf and turn it out of the pot. Remove baking paper and its there!

For a crustier loaf, you can put the loaf back in for 5 – 10 minutes, depending on how you like your crust.



Added by: NaomiS

Tags: Wholemeal Pot loaf

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Easy filling bread
I have made this bread a few times now. It's my new emergency bread when I realise there's no bread for breakfast and lunches in the morning. I used a seeded wholemeal flour a couple of times and I've used the stoneground organic wholemeal. Both varieties are very easy to make and are delicious (especially warm, but even the day after they are good). I have a big family so I like these pot breads. I can sling 2 together before bed in under 5 mins and as long as I get up in time to bake before everyone wants to eat they are ready to go. The wholemeal variety is particularly filling.

- kingdawta 10 May 2012


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