I’ll admit my husband is the better bread baker between us, and this is his recipe. It uses mashed up orange kumara (sweet potato) which gives it a subtle sweetness, rosemary and wholemeal flour.
- 300 g orange kumara sweet potato (about 1 medium), peeled and chopped
- 1 tablespoon active dried yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 cup high-grade flour + extra for kneading and dusting
- 2 cups wholemeal flour
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons Rosemary finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Cook kumara in boiling salted water until soft, about 10-15 minutes. Drain well and mash with a little salt to taste.
- While kumara is cooking, combine yeast, sugar and warm water in a bowl. Leave on the bench for about 10 minutes until frothy.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, salt and rosemary. Add oil, mashed kumara and yeast mixture, and mix until well combined. If the dough is too wet you may need to add a little more flour.
- Knead dough for about 10 minutes on a floured surface, adding a little extra flour as needed, until dough is soft and elastic.
- Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel or clingfilm, and leave to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes – it should have doubled in size.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut dough in half and shape into two loaves. Place loaves on lined tray and cut a few 1cm-thick slashes on top of the loaves with a knife. Leave to rise for a further 20 minutes or so.
- When ready to bake the bread, preheat oven to 200degC. Dust loaves with a little flour. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a crust has developed and the base sounds firm and hollow when tapped. Remove from oven and allow to cool a little before slicing.
- *nutrition information based on one slice, where each loaf has been sliced into 10 portions.
Unlike commercially bought bread, homemade is free of any preservatives or additives, so it’s best eaten within a 4-5 days while its fresh. Otherwise, pre-slice and freeze it in plastic bags to keep it from going stale.