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What You Need

  • 2 packs dry active yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup local honey
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 2 cups organic pastry flour
  • 4 cups organic unbleached flour (can use whole wheat)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (for bowl and to grease the pans)
  • 1 egg (optional for crisp shiny crust)
  • 1 tablespoon water


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Step 1: Add Yeast to Water

In a bowl, add 2 cups of warm water and the 2 packets of yeast. Dissolve for about 10 minutes or until foamy.

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Step 2: Make Dough

In a mixing bowl, add the yeast mix, honey, and pastry flour. Slowly add the all-purpose flour (you will need to use your hands) until you are able to form a ball. If you have an electric mixer with dough hook, this works best.

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Step 3: Knead Bread

On a floured surface, you want to knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes. This is the most important step when making bread. Some Western cultures believe that your energy goes into the food you are preparing. Well, I believe that especially when it comes to making bread. I only knead when I’m not distracted (I’ve asked my kiddo to leave the room on several occasions) so nothing but love and positive thoughts are going into the bread.

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Step 4: Let Rise

After you have kneaded your dough, oil a glass bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Then place your dough in the bowl in a large ball. Wet a towel with warm water and place over the bowl. Place in a warm area – I sit it on my stove and go ahead and preheat the oven to 375F. Let rise for 35 minutes.

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Step 5: Knead Dough

After your dough has risen, take out of bowl and punch down. Then knead for 3 minutes. Break the dough into 2 equal parts and knead each for 3 minutes.

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Step 6: Prep to Bake

Place dough in greased loaf or pie pans. Make 3 slices on each loaf, but be sure to not cut through. Mix egg with 1 tablespoon water to make an eggwash. Brush eggwash mixture onto each loaf for a shiny crisp crust.

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Step 7: Bake

Bake your bread at 375F for 30 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool on a rack. Serve with soup, Italian dishes, or make sandwiches. You can freeze your extra loaf to keep from spoiling.