I have been making bread for most of my adult life.  There were times when I didn’t make bread and would buy it — but have you seen the cost for good bread these days?  Ridiculous.

In my work with Moms Across America I know that unless you are buying organic the chances are that you are getting glyphosate, or Roundup in your bread. Even though wheat is not currently a GMO crop, they are spraying Roundup on it too dessicate, or dry out the crop to make it easier to harvest it.  They then send the grains to the mill .  Glyphosate does not wash, dry or cook off. 

Even when you go to the bakery and spend $8 on a beautiful artisan loaf, if it isn’t organic, it probably has toxic pesticides in it. 

Making your own bread just makes sense.  It is a very comforting ritual once you get into it.  And this recipe makes 3 loaves, so depending on how much your family consume will depend on how often you need to make it.  I usually make it on a Sunday afternoon.  It is a ritual I look forward to, especially in the winter.


Annie Organie's Sunday Loaves

Life is too short to be without homemade bread....
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, wheat, whole grain
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3 loaves
Author: Anne Temple
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 4 cup Warm Water - 105˚ - 115˚
  • 2/3 cup honey - divided
  • 1 tbsp yeast (or 2 packets)
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 5 cup organic bread flour
  • 1/2 cup butter - melted
  • 4-6 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 cup whole oats (optional)
  • 1/4 cup amaranth (optional)
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl combine warm water, 1/3 cup honey, and yeast. Let sit until yeast starts to look foamy, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Mix in 5 cups of the bread flour, one cup at a time. After mixed, cover with a towel and let sit for 30 minutes to form a sponge - or the dough has lots of tiny bubbles in it - looking like a sponge.
  • with the mixer turned on with a dough hook (or you can mix it in manually), add the melted butter, salt and last 1/3 cup of honey. If you are using any of the optional ingredients, like the sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or oats, you can also add them here.
  • Add in the whole wheat flour - one cup at a time until the dough starts to gather together. You don't want it too wet and sticky, but you also don't want to add too much flour to make for a dry crumbly loaf.
  • Put dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes and put in a lightly greased bowl (I used coconut oil). Cover and let sit in a warm place until doubled - 1 to 2 hours.
  • Punch dough down and put on lightly floured surface. Divide into 3 parts and shape into loaves.
  • Put in greased loaf pans, cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350˚
  • score top of loaves with a lame, razor blade or sharp knife and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
  • Once baked, put on a wire rack to cool and brush with melted butter if you like for a softer crust.

Notes

This recipe makes three loaves, so I freeze two of them and take them out as needed. 
You can have a LOT of fun with this recipe as it is very forgiving.  Add the optional ingredients