Sourdough Bread with Walnuts and Honey

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white flour
  • 300g sourdough starter
  • 250 ml water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 50g chopped walnuts

Method

Using a spatula mix together the flour, sourdough starter and 250ml water in a bowl. Add the sugar and salt, stir.

Turn out onto a floured surface and with floured hands knead for 10 minutes until the dough is quite elastic.

Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl (cooking spray is very useful to oil the bowl).

Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to prove somewhere warm for 3 hours.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead to knock out the air bubbles.

Add 50g chopped walnuts. Knead gently to incorporate the nuts into the dough.

Place a piece of muslin or a tea towel into a mixing bowl and heavily flour to prevent the loaf from sticking to the bowl.

Place the dough seam side up into the muslin. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to prove for a further 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 210⁰C fan/gas 8.

Place a baking tray into the bottom of the oven filled with cold or ice-water. This helps to create steam in the oven.

Turn the floured loaf onto a hot stone pizza plate and score the bread 3 times.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until the loaf is golden. The loaf should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Place on a wire rack to cool.