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Dark Mother Bread - Mabon Honey Wheat Bread

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Dark Mother Bread - Mabon Honey Wheat Bread

Make a loaf of dark bread to celebrate Mabon.

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At Mabon, we celebrate the goddess in her aspect as the crone, or the Dark Mother. She is Demeter, she is Hecate, she is the wise old woman wielding a scythe rather than a basket of blooming flowers. This honey wheat blend is a delicious way to celebrate the end of the harvest and say farewell to the fertile months of summer. Serve warm with herbed oils for dipping, or with a big scoop of Apple Butter.

Make this either in your bread machine, or by kneading it by hand.

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. warm water
  • 1 Tbs. active dry yeast
  • 1/3 C. honey
  • 3 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 C. vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 4 C. all purpose baking flour

Preparation:

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add honey and mix well.

Stir in the whole wheat flour, salt, vegetable oil, and butter and mix until a stiff dough has formed. Gradually work the all-purpose flour into the mix, one cup at a time.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured countertop, and knead for about fifteen minutes. When it reaches the point where it's sort of elastic, shape it into a ball and place it into an oiled bowl. Cover with a warm, damp cloth, and allow to sit and rise until it's doubled in size -- usually about 45 minutes.

Punch the dough down and cut in half, so you can make two loaves of bread. Place each half in a greased loaf pan, and allow to rise. Once the dough has risen an inch or two above the top of the loaf pan, pop them in the oven. Bake at 375 for half an hour, or until golden brown at the top.

When you remove the loaves from the oven, allow to cool for about fifteen minutes before removing from the pan. If you like, brush some melted butter over the top of the hot loaves, to add a pretty golden glaze to them.

Note - If you're doing this in a bread machine, remember, the recipes makes two loaves. Halve everything if you're allowing the machine to do the mixing. If you hand mix it, you can still drop the single-loaf balls of dough into the machine to bake.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Mmmm, delicious bread., Member Foxesinsockses

My boyfriend and I love this bread. I'm really glad the recipe makes two loaves, because our first one is almost gone! It's great with apple butter, as recommended, but also with standard made-from-cows butter and as a sandwich bread. I really recommend kneading it to death--my only complaint about my loaves is that they're quite crumbly and powdery in the middle. I think if I'd added the ingredients together in the proper order and kneaded it for the recommended 15 minutes (instead of, like, 5, which is what I did!), you'll get an even tastier result. Happy baking!

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