Making the Loaf
6. Preheat oven to 190'C fan. Heat up a baking tray.
7. Remove tray from oven and dust with flour. Carefully tip dough onto tray and slash top with a sharp, serrated knife. Spray with water to form a crust. River Cottage suggests spraying oven and later respraying the loaf, but I found this made the loaf too crusty, especially since my son has a brace and has to take care! I use a small toilettry spray bottle that I bought from a chemist for this purpose.
8. Bake for approximately 35 minutes, until well-browned and sounds hollow when you tap the base. Leave to cool on a rack. It cuts better when completely cold, but we are usually eager to eat it warm!
Once you have your starter the weekly bread making routine doesn't take up much time, you just have to plan ahead and be organised. Over the summer I have made a weekly loaf to have with our BBQs and during the winter it will be made to eat with homemade vegetable and lentil soup. Any slices left over from the BBQs have been delicious toasted or made into cheese sandwiches.