To get all emotional about it, to me, this bread tastes like home. I don’t know why. I believe it’s a very old recipe, passed down through generations and of course, adapted here and there to fit modern technology. (Ovens. I’m talking about ovens.)
Ready in about 2.5 hours.
Rises for 45 to 90 minutes.
Stays in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
Makes 3 loaves. This is great for gatherings!
- 2 1/2 cups warm water (not hot)
- 3 cups wheat flour
- about 5 cups white flour (no more than nine cups flour total)
- 2 eggs
- 1 egg, for later.
- 1 flat tablespoon yeast
- 1/2 cup honey
- 4 tablespoons oil or butter (coconut oil is one of my favorites!)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 medium bowls
- large bowl
- bread pan, or something. I find these loaves cook marvelously on cookie sheets.
- Add warm water, yeast, and honey in medium bowl. Stir. Let sit about 5 minutes while you mix up the other ingredients. Actually, you can let this sit for up to 20 minutes, as the creamier the layer that the yeast forms on top is, the better.
- Beat 2 eggs, and mix with oil/melted butter.
- Combine the mixtures. Stir.
- Add the flour a little at a time until the dough is tacky, but not sticky or wet.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for about 10 minutes.
- After the 10 minutes is up and your dough is good and elastic, lightly oil the inside of a large bowl, and do the same to the dough. Cover. Keep the dough in the bowl in a dark, warm place for 45 to 90 minutes, to rise until doubled.
- When doubled, preheat oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease your cookie sheets/bread pans.
- Punch down the dough and divide into thirds. Each one of these will be a loaf.
- Beat 1 egg. Brush the egg on top of the dough.
- Let rise until the oven is ready, then bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Cool briefly, then it’s ready to enjoy!
If you’d like to make things a little fancier, before you bake and after it’s risen, you can take the dough you’ve divided into thirds, and create three “ropes” of dough from each third, twisting them into a braid.
Here’s a tutorial I’ve found on youtube for bread braiding, from the simple 3 strand braid, increasingly complex all the way up to 9.
I hope your bread turns out as good as mine did. ^^