This is a recipe adapted from the book, Natural Magic by John Michael Greer. I love this recipe. It is easy and super yummy and can be adjusted to your liking. I am always playing around with the whole wheat to all-purpose ratio.
This recipe makes one loaf.
- 3/4 cup lukewarm water
- 1 rounded tbsp yeast
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup honey
Slowly pour yeast into water. Stir. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
While yeast is sitting, mix dry ingredients together. Pour in honey and yeast Mix together, then knead for 5 – 10 minutes. If you have a dough hook on a standing mixer, it helps a ton. However, hand kneading is a really good way to get out any stress you might be feeling. I am quite fond of my beautiful KitchenAid. I even blinged her out. I get out my stress later on with punching the dough.
Oil a bowl. Place dough in bowl and turn over to coat in oil. Let rise until double in size, about 30 minutes.
Punch down dough. Let rise again.
Oil cookie sheet/bread pans. Punch down dough. Shape dough and place on cookie sheet or in pan. I like to melt butter and use a brush to spread it on the top. This bread can be woven, baked in a bread pan, or shaped into rolls.
Move oven rack to center and place an oven safe container with water on lower rack. Heat oven to 450°. Let dough rise and rest for about 15 minutes before placing in oven. As soon as you put bread in oven, lower heat to 375°.
Let bread bake until it sounds hollow when tapped on bottom. 18 – 23 minutes.