Rewena Bread Starter

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  • 3 medium slices potato
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups flour


Place potato and water in a small saucepan and cook until potato is soft. Remove from heat, when potato is warm add sugar and flour and mix well.
Place in a clean sterilised jar with a lid.
Day 1 – feed starter with 1/2 cup warm water
Day 2 – feed starter with 1 teaspoon sugar
Repeat these steps daily to keep your starter alive.

To make bread mix 1.5 kg flour with 3/4 cup starter, 2 cups warm water, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

From here directions are sketchy so if you can fill them in I would love to hear from you!


The recipe above has been supplied by a member of the public and has not been individually tested by Helen Jackson. Helen Jackson does not accept any liability in relation to publication of this recipe.

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  1. I just saw this post.Helen I had an urge to make some maori bread a few days ago so thought I would update here.
    I didnt feed my bug just left it covered on the bench and as luck would have it got busy and the weather cooled.Today(3 days later) I finally had time and made up the dough keeping back part of the bug(approx 100ml)
    Then I used 1 cup wholemeal and 3-4 cups high grade flour,1 teasp B.Soda and kneaded it for the 10 mins.
    Popped it in to tins then on a shelf behind the fire until I was ready to bake it.
    Some hours later I put it in a cold oven 200C and cooked it for 50 mins.Gorgeous aroma and very successful bread for tea tonight.

    Its a very forgiving recipe and great fun for kids to make too.