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Bread Baking Babes: March 2011 - Rewena paraoa (Maori Bread)

Maori Bread

Rewena paraoa
March 2011

Maori Bread

The bread's starter is a "rewena", made a rfermented mixture of mashed potato mixed with honey and strong bread flour. Being a child of the universe, I took it upon myself to use a mixture of strong bread flour, durum atta (finely milled whole wheat flour) and a little wheat bran. This is how the rewena looked after 24 hours. I was a little alarmed that there were a) no bubbles and b) little black dots.

rewena

This is how the rewena looked after 48 hours. Clearly the alarm about the lack of bubbles was mislaid. I decided to pretend that the black dots were harmless as well. (T tasted one and didn't keel over....)

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The bread is supposed to have a pattern stencilled on top. Before putting the stencil on, I sprayed the loaf with water. (This was a mistake.)

Maori Bread

The stencil I used is based on a single leaf from "miri te ahi puia" at here: www.flickr.com/photos/7411973@N03/2064280507/ I carefully placed the oiled stencil on top of the bread.

miri te ahi puia www.flickr.com/photos/7411973@N03/2064280507/detail of 'miri te ahi puia' (on flickr)
Maori Bread

In spite of the fact that the stencil was oiled, removing it without damaging the design (not to mention the shaped loaf) turned out to be virtually impossible.

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Maori Bread

The dough appeared to have bonded right into the stencil paper.

Maori Bread

To add insult to injury, after putting the loaf in the oven, some of the bread stayed on the peel. I used a spatula to scrape of the rest of the dough from the peel, scrunch that into an ugly little mass and opened the oven an plopped it on top. And baked the loaf.

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Half way through baking, I had to wrestle the half-baked loaf off of the stone, leaving pieces of bread behind. I managed to turn the stupid thing around to finish baking.

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Maori Bread

Yes. It looks decidedly like a Cornish pasty or an apple turnover, doesn't it?

Maori Bread

Remarkably, the loaf turned out to be quite tasty. The crumb has a lovely aroma with just the tiniest hint of sourness. And not one sign of black dots.

Maori Bread

to blog from OUR kitchen:
Rewena Paraoa: Maori Bread (BBB March 2011) <<- recipe included in link



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Bread Baking Babes: March 2011 - Rewena paraoa (Maori Bread)Rewena paraoa: MaoriBread (BBB March2011)





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