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- 780g bread flour (plus a little extra for coating)
- 10g salt
- 26g honey
- 250g sourdough starter
- Warm water
Put the flour and salt, into a large bowl and mix together.
Add the honey and starter and slowly add enough water to mix together to form a dough. It needs to be workable, so as not to stick to your hands too much, but too dry and it will fall apart. You can add more or less water depending on how your dough feels. I find it varies slightly every time.
Tip out onto a work surface and knead for around 5-10 minutes.
Roll your dough into a ball, and dust with a little flour. Put it into a bowl and cover loosely with a damp cloth, to stop it drying out. Leave to prove for at least several hours, but overnight is ideal.
Sourdough takes longer to develop than bread made with shop bought yeast, but benefits from the extra time, as it develops a better flavour. The loaf should increase in size.
Tip your dough back out onto your work surface and carefully deflate it by poking it with your fingers.
Shape your dough into a loaf, and dust with a little flour. Place onto a lightly flour dusted oven tray and prove for another hour.
Heat your oven to its highest temperature.
Cook for 10 minutes before dropping the temperature to 200 degrees if the crust is looking pale, 180 degrees if the crust is noticeably browning, and 170 if it seems to be browning quickly. Cook for a further 40 mins.
Remove from the oven, the loaf should sound hollow when you tap it on the bottom.
This can also be cooked in the dying embers of a fire, just divide the dough into small rolls first, rather than a loaf.
Leave to cool fully before cutting.
Taken from my book ‘Eat like a Viking!’ Available now on Amazon