Anyway I was just gibbering on twitter about it to Mr Fleming of this parish, and realised I'd not posted the recipe anywhere so here it is. There are numerous variations on the web but this one, via my sister (read her blog) works for me.
It's surely the easiest bread recipe ever. No bread machine required and just 5 mins preparation.
You can use spelt flour instead, which gives a different texture and flavour, rather yummy actually. In fact you can substitute pretty much any kind of glutinous flour.
These quantities make one rather large loaf. Alter them relatively as required.
Put 680g wholemeal flour in large mixing bowl.
Add 7g dried yeast.
Add 2 to 3 teaspoons salt.
Mix the dry ingredients together then add 570g warm water.
Mix well until it goes into a lovely sticky mess (2 mins?).
Transfer to greased baking tin.
Cover with clean damp tea towel and leave for 30-50 mins to rise. (It'll be quicker when it's warmer.)
After risen put in oven at 200C / Gas 5 for about 45-55 mins. It's ready when the top's golden brown and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
Remove from tin and cool on a rack.
If you forget about it while it's rising it will fall again -- just wait for it to rise a second time.
The timings are quite vague. This is not precision stuff.