Māori Bread

11:30 am on 6 August 2012

(Makes 1 loaf)

Maori BreadIngredients


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 cup warm water


  • 8 cups flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 180°C.

If you have the time you can punch down and rise the bread several times for a denser loaf.

For the batter, put flour and yeast into a bowl with warm water and leave for 10–20 minutes to rise and bubble.

For the dough, place second measure of flour in a bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour in batter and second measure of water, along with sugar and salt. Mix to form a dough and knead until smooth and elastic. Put dough into a buttered pot and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

Bake bread for 1 hour. You will know when your bread is done by the smell and it will sound hollow when you tap it.

Turn out and wrap in a damp cloth to keep fresh.

Hunter from the HeartlandHunter from the Heartland by Cameron Petley
Published by Random House NZ

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