Friday, May 21, 2010

You named him Bartholomew and a Sesame Wheat Braid Bread Tutorial

Bartholomew is his name!!

We have a name for Little Duck it is Bartholomew. We were amazed at all the votes. Thank you for making it so fun for us here at Prairie Flower Farm. You are all so nice to do this for us!!!!!!! WE have internet again......... it is so not fun going through this! I will be thankful. Thank you Jesus! Now he knows that I am very very very thankful!!!!!!!

In our home we love baking bread on rainy days. We had a real beautiful rain that visited our farm and the garden drank it up for two days. That is probably my favorite time to bake bread. When you can’t get outside and it is nice and cool in the kitchen. Great time to fire up the oven. I was also needing to make a meal for a family in our church with a new baby. Good idea to fix and meal, then you get to see and hold the baby!!!!! Always thinking! We made a our standard Veggie and Beef soup (we use our produce that we put up last year to make this soup) and a wonderful loaf of Sesame Wheat Braid Bread. The recipe makes two large loaves. It is so num and great with our strawberry Rhubarb Jam. I have a tutorial for you to make the bread. We grind our own wheat that we grow on the farm. I always try to get a bucket. It still has some of the chaff and has not been cleaned, but I just pick out the pieces I don't want in it. It comes straight from the field, to my little farm kitchen.

I have a wheat grinder that I bought years ago at a real good price. I use it all the time to grind my wheat. They say it is better if you can use it fresh. Rises better? Works for me! You just fill the top of the grinder, push the butt on and the wheat is beautiful when it comes out all ground.

Sesame Wheat Braid Bread

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve 6 tea. active dry yeast to 2 1/4 cups warm water.
Add 1/3 cup sugar and 1 T. oil; mix well.
Stir in 1 cup whole wheat flour.

Cover and let stand until the mixture bubbles for about 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, beat 2 eggs and 1 T. water.
Take out 2 T. and put into a small cup, cover and
Add 1 T. of salt to remaining egg mixture.

Add egg mixture to batter, mix until smooth
Add 4 cups unbleached flour and beat until smooth. Add enough
remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured board and knead for about 6-8 minutes.

Cover and let rise for about 20 minutes in a warm place.
Punch dough down and divide in half and then each half into
thirds. Shape each into a rope about 15" long.

Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet.
Braid and then pinch ends and tuck each end under.
Brush reserved egg mixture on braided bread, sprinkle
with sesame seeds. Repeat, with second loaf. Let rise
until double in size for about 20 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
This bread is super easy to make. Promise!

Put soup in a large gallon jar, and put bread into a plastic bag
then wrap it in one of our Lily and Her Chicks tea towels that you embroidered up just waiting to bless someones life! Free pattern on the side bar. What a special little gift for any new momma or a family in need. Be sure to tell me how you used this recipe. Just for fun!

Blessings and don't forget to sign up for our drawing I put up last Wednesday, if you haven't already!!!!!! Love you bunches!

Oh, one more thing, welcome all you new followers! I love it that you have become a part of Prairie Flower Farm!



  1. Now THAT'S my kind of recipe! lol Can't wait to try it. THANKS!!!!!!!!

    Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

  2. You are a real sweetie Linda! I always enjoy my visits here. What a fun name for your little duck and what lovely photos for your tutorial! I can almost smell that bread baking. Nothing quite says "love" like a freshly baked loaf of bread with homemenade jam...yum!

    Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

  3. Heather H :) :) :)May 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Yeah..I'm very happy you are online. This has been a Friday morning of great/pleasant surprises.
    I'm realy happy Little Duck is now named Bartholomew. That's the name I voted for :) :) :) He's so cute swimming in that little bowl..and struggling to get out of the bowl..too funny :) :) :)
    That break looks good to. I used to eat "butter braid bread" in Switzerland all the time. Love the stuff. This recipe looks good and easy :) :) :)

    Much love and hugs from Oregon :)

  4. mmm...looks like a lovely meal!


  5. Yea! Bartholomew was my choice. Thanks for the bread recipe; we also have a wheat grinder and love soft winter wheat for baking.

  6. Linda, I can't wait to try this bread! I especially love it with sesame seeds! I will have to try it with some of the strawberry rhubarb jam I made last year!
    I bet it will be hard to get that good taste like yours ~ grinding grain fresh from your own farm! Now that's getting back to nature!
    The family in your church is in for a real treat and I know they will be so thankful! Oh how delish!
    Sorry I can't see the video of Bartholomew ~ we only have dial-up and you know how that goes! I just know he is so cute!
    Thanks for the great recipe and tutorial!
    Be Blessed!

  7. Linda...What a good laugh my husband and I had when we saw Bartholomew in the bowl of water!! The bread looks amazing, thanks so much for the recipe! I know your friend will really appreciate the meal!!

    xoxo Gert

  8. Linda,
    Bartholomew is adorable!!! Thanks for sharing.
    I wish I could bake bread but have never really tried! Maybe I will try this recipe.
    Thank you for the great pictures.

    Lynn from Hutch!

  9. Sweet Linda, just what I needed to see after a not great day, the blessing of that sweet little duck..thank you!
    Your bread looks wonderful, I have a bread machine,I am thinking I can let it rise in there and then bake..what do you think?? sounds wonderful. I wish I were a farm girl..


  10. Thanks so much for the kind comment you left about my site on Gooseberry Patch's blog! That really made my day. I hope your friend can make use of some of my recipes (they've all been "husband approved", and he doesn't have IBS!), but I also wanted to let you know that I'd be happy to discuss more resources with her. I think I've finally found a few that are working for me (fingers crossed).

    I think it's so neat that you grind your own wheat. I'll have to look for a grinder. I've always thought it would be fun to make my own rice flour, quinoa flour, or almond meal...probably cheaper too!

  11. I can hardly wait to try my hand at braiding the bread. It looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing. God bless.


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