There is nothing better than homemade bread. After I made my first loaf I had no clue why I hadn't tried making it sooner! I was amazed at how simple it was to make. I love taking a loaf to dinner parties, as housewarming gifts, or for new parents. Organic honey bread is great for sandwiches, soup, and goes great with Italian dishes.
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
Step 1: Add Yeast to Water
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.
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.
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.
Step 5: Knead Dough
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.
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.