Our homemade bread gets a lot of praise from our guests, so we've decided to spread our love for freshly-baked bread and share the recipe.

So give it a go and let us know how it turns out!  

First of all, this is an extremely easy recipe, as there's very little that can go wrong with it. So, don't be scared to try it. However, you do need a thick-walled cast iron cooking pot, called a Dutch oven.

Second, the amount of ingredients below is intended to make a loaf of bread in a larger size Dutch oven (ours is about 3 litre in capacity). If your Dutch oven is smaller, you may need to adjust accordingly, for example half the ingredients or reduce their quantity by a third.

Ingredients

2½ cups strong white flour

1 cup rye flour

1 cup wholemeal flour

2½ teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon of yeast

1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon of linseed

1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds

2½ cups of warm water

 

Method

Step 1: Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, add water and mix well with a wooden spoon.  

Tongariro Crossing Lodge's artisan bread in the making

Step 2: Cover the bowl and leave the bread mix to rise for about 10 hours. After 10 hours the mix will look like this: 

Tongariro Crossing Lodge's artisan bread in the making

Step 3: Sprinkle some wholemeal flour onto a kitchen towel and put your bread mix onto the towel. Leave the bread mix to rise on the counter for an hour.

Tongariro Crossing Lodge's artisan bread in the making

Step 4: After the bread mix has been on the counter for about an hour, put the Dutch oven with the lid on into the cold oven and turn it on at 230° C (446°F).

Step 5: When the oven has reached 230°C, carefully take the heated pot out of the oven. The bread mix should have risen slightly on the counter. Fold the bread mix in half once:

 

 

 

 

Tongariro Crossing Lodge's artisan bread

Step 6: Carefully place the folded bread mix into the pot. Cover the pot with the lid and put it into the oven to bake. This should take about 40 minutes.

Tongariro Crossing Lodge's artisan bread

Step 7: After 40 minutes take the pot out and check that the bread  is ready. If it's looking pale, put it back into the oven for another 5 minutes. If it has a nice golden crust it means it's ready. 

Take it out and enjoy!