Molasses Herbs de Provence Bread
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
 
This Molasses Herb Bread has a slightly sweet, delicious herby flavor with the combination of molasses and herbs de provence, making it a delightful treat with any meal. There's nothing like the fabulous aroma of fresh baked bread that fills my home & tummy...I'm drooling again!! Enjoy!!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons HRL Spice Blend - Herbs de Provence
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • ½ cup Steel Oats
  • ⅔ cups sunflower seeds (more if you like)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 4 cups unbleached white flour (more or less,I used ½ cup buckwheat flour, 2 cups whole wheat)
  • 1 egg (beaten & brushed on top before baking)
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds (sprinkled on top egg)
Instructions
  1. Place boiling water in a large mixing bowl (I use my KitchenAid bowl) add steel oats, and 2 cup oatmeal and let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Proof the yeast: Place ½ cup lukewarm "to touch" water into a small bowl and add 1 tablespoons each molasses and whole wheat flour. Allow to sit until liquid is foamy, about 35 minutes.
  3. Add the yeast liquid into large mixing bowl with water & oats, first testing the water with your finger, making sure it's "lukewarm". Pour the yeast liquid in, and add other ingredient: salt, olive oil, HRL Spice Blend (Herbs de Provence), sunflower seeds, and 1 cup whole wheat flour, mix for 5 minutes on medium speed, scraping down sides once.
  4. Add remaining flours,1 cup at a time & continue adding flour until dough pulls away from sides of mixing bowl. Let dough rise inside this same bowl, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 1-3 hours or until dough has doubled in size. Turn dough out onto a floured counter-top, and knead 6-8 times, divide dough in half and place in oiled loaf pans or shape into round loaves and place on cornmeal covered cookie sheet about 2-3" apart. Score the top of loaves with a sharp knife "X", brush tops with beaten egg, and sprinkle sesame seeds or oatmeal on top. Allow loaves to rise again until doubled in size 30 minutes. Preheat oven 425 degrees. I place my loaves on a separate cookie sheet covered with cornmeal, and let them rise 30 minutes. Then I gently slide the loaves onto my Baking Stones that are inside the oven preheated. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the loaves are well browned and sound hallow when tapped with your finger.
  5. I Love Baking Bread because it's such a creative art with the most delightful aromas and delicious flavors when combining various flours,grains,seeds,or herbs! Have fun experimenting with a variety of your favorite herbs, spices and seeds! Happy baking & healthy eating!!
Recipe by Lavender Lady - Hood River Lavender Farm at http://lavenderfarms.net/lavender-lady/2015/01/20/molasses-herbs-de-provence-bread-that-will-delight-your-senses/