Peaceful Poppyseed Prune Bread – Vegan Recipe
This wonderful, homey bread evokes Eastern Europe, where dried fruit has been used for millennia to satisfy end-of-winter sweet cravings. This bread is especially welcome now, since it also includes nerve-soothing oats and nutrition-packed seeds. Humans have been baking bread for thousands of years, and somehow nothing evokes the safety and comfort of home like the smell of bread baking. Kneading is a time-honored way to reduce stress, and pausing to rest while the bread bakes is so soothing.
With many benefits in the making and the eating, this bread may become a family favorite.
3 cups fruit juice
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons sea salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
½ cup poppy seeds
1 cup prunes, pitted and diced
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
8 to 9 cups whole wheat flour
1. Heat fruit juice and stir in oil, honey and molasses. Add salt and oats and let this starter it sit while you toast the sunflower and poppy seeds in a dry skillet and dice the prunes. Add spices, seeds, and prunes to the starter and then gradually add the flour. Knead the resulting huge glob of dough (in two batches if one is too heavy) at least 300 times or until it stays together and can be shaped into a round.
2. Bake at 300 for 1 ½ hours or until firm-crusted and deep brown.
Serves 8 to 10.
Adapted from The Peaceful Cook by Harriet Kofalk (Peace Place, through Talking Leaves Publications, 1991). Copyright (c) 1991 by Harriet Kofalk. Reprinted by permission of Living Tree Paper.
Adapted from The Peaceful Cook by Harriet Kofalk (Peace Place, through Talking Leaves Publications, 1991).