Ezekiel Bread

Ezekiel Bread makes a highly nutritious bread for you to enjoy. It is also known as Bible Bread or Fasting bread. Check out this version for a healthy choice.

7 oz. brown lentils

1/2 oz. dried active baking yeast

4 cups warm water, divided

5 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. salt

1 Tbsp. honey

2 1/8 lbs. wholemeal flour

1 1/2 lbs. barley flour

16 oz. soya flour

2 oz. millet flour

4 Tbsp. rye flour

Place lentils in a small saucepan, cover with water and cook until soft. Drain and set aside to cool. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes until creamy.

Place the cooled lentils in a bowl and mash. Mix in olive oil, honey, salt and remaining warm water. In a large bowl, mix together wholemeal flour, barley flour, soya flour, millet flour and rye flour.

Stir the yeast mixture into the lentil mixture. Beat in the flour mixture a little at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch the dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Briefly knead the dough and divide into four equal pieces and form into loaves. Place the loaves into 4 lightly greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about 1 hour or until bottom of loaf sound hollow when tapped.

Makes 4 loaves

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