Lydia was burned out by her work as a midwife until
destiny called her to be an aid to the birth of Jesus.
- 3 ½ cups of warm water
- 2-3 T of derma brown sugar or honey
- 2 T of dry yeast
- 1 T of salt
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup of sesame oil
- 1+ kg of whole-wheat flour (you can replace some of the whole-wheat with rye)
Combine first three ingredients, let yeast dissolve and bubble.
Add salt, egg, oil, and half of the flour. Stir and let sit about ½ hour.
Add the rest of the flour until a nice, elastic dough forms.
Oil bowl and let the dough rise, covered with a towel until doubled in size (depending on climate 1-2 hours).
Braid, shape, decorate if desired with sesame seeds and put into oven at 350 for about 35 minutes, until you can hear a hollow sound when the bread is tapped on the bottom.
I always put in about a ¼ cup of wheat germ to all my baked goods to give extra fiber and vitamins. You can also add sautéed onions and garlic, or tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary, or sliced olives for a delicious addition and knead it into the dough before baking.