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(8oz) strong white flour
200g (8oz) wholemeal flour or 400g (1lb) brown flour
2 x 5ml spoons (2 tsp) sugar
1 1/2 x 5ml spoons (1 1/2 tsp) salt
15g (1/2 oz) lard
15g (1/2oz) fresh yeast or 2 x 5ml spoons (2 tsp)
250ml (1/2 pt) water
you are using dried yeast. Dissolve one teaspoon of
sugar in the warm water then add the dried yeast.
Leave until frothy, about ten minutes. If you are
using fresh yeast, blend it into the warm water.
the flours, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl
and rub in the lard.
the yeast liquid to the dry ingredients and mix to
a soft dough.
the dough onto a work surface and knead the dough
by folding towards you, then pushing down and away
from you with the heel of your hand. Give the dough
a quarter turn and repeat the action. Knead until
smooth and no longer sticky.
the dough in half and place in the prepared flower
pots, which should be placed on a baking tray. Glaze
with milk or salted water and sprinkle with cracked
the pots inside a large oiled polythene bag and leave
in a warm place until the dough doubles its size,
about 45 - 60 minutes.
the polythene bag and bake on the middle shelf of
a hot oven at 230°C (450°F) or Gas 8 for 30
- 40 minutes or until the bread is browned and sounds
hollow when tapped.
the bread from the flower pots and cool on a wire
prepare the flower pots:
two earthenware flower pots (10 - 13 cm / 4 - 5 inches)
with oil or lard. It is a good idea to grease the pots
well and bake empty in a hot oven for 5 minutes to prevent
the loaves sticking.
you have not got any flower pots you can:
the dough in a greased 23 x 13 x 6 cm (2 lb) loaf
the dough into a large ball and flatten slightly,
place on a greased baking tray and using a sharp knife
slash a cross on the top of the dough.
rolls by dividing the dough into 12 pieces, roll each
into a ball and place well apart on a greased baking
tray. Rolls will take less time to rise and bake than