Nigel's Lazy Loaf

*Nigel's Lazy Loaf*
Makes one casserole sized loaf

A simple recipe adapted from Nigel Slater, which proves that anyone can make a tasty loaf.

225g wholemeal flour (1 3/4 cup)
225g plain flour (2 1/4 cups)
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp golden caster sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
350ml of buttermilk (scant 1 1/2 cups)

Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 8.  Put a rather large covered casserole into the oven along with it's lid.

Whisk together the flours, sea salt, sugar and soda in a large bowl.   Add the buttermilk all at once and work it in.   Quickly shape into a shallow round loaf, about 1 1/2 inches in depth.

Remove the casserole from the oven and lightly dust the inside with some flour.  Carefully drop in the loaf.   Cover with the lid and return the bread to the oven.   Bake for about 25 minutes, upon which time the loaf should be well risen and golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to stand for about 5 minutes before removing from the casserole.  Allow to cool slightly before cutting into slices to eat.   This bread is best served warm and fresh.

It goes fabulously with soups, stews . . . and butter and jam!