Maori Potato Bread (rewena Paraoa)
To make starter, peel and slice the potatoes, then cook in boiling, salted water for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash until smooth. Cool, then place in a large container – it will need room to ferment.
Add the plain flour and sugar, mixing to form a dough-like consistency. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and leave in a warm place to ferment for up to 3 days in cold weather or 1 day in warm weather. Starter is ready when it begins to rise and bubble.
To make bread, place the starter in a bowl with the plain flour, caster sugar and hot water. Stir to form a soft dough, then knead for 3 minutes or until smooth.
Liberally grease a 1 litre loaf pan with butter and place the dough inside. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 2 hours or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Place pan in oven and bake for 45 minutes, then remove from oven and brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with the caster sugar. Return to oven for a further 15 minutes or until golden and just caramelised on top.
Cut into slices and serve hot with butter, manuka honey or golden syrup.
400 g floury potatoes
300 g plain flour
55 g caster sugar
260 g (1 cup) starter
350 g plain flour
110 g caster sugar
125 ml hot water
1 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp caster sugar, for sprinkling
Added by: Natália Martins
Consulted: 3588 X
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