Ingredients

How to make it

  • Mix the yeast in with the milk; allow to activate
  • Assemble and combine all the dry ingredients
  • Make a well in the center of the bowl, and add the yeast mixture, then add the egg
  • Add the water
  • Mix well, and keep mixing until the dough starts to come away from the sides of the bowl
  • KNEAD to the smooth and blistered stage, which takes about 15 minutes
  • Form into a round ball
  • Place a little olive oil in the bottom of the bowl
  • Place the dough ball into the bowl
  • Coat with olive oil (this prevents a crust from developing, which would create problems for proofing; it also keeps the ball from drying)
  • Place in a warm area to rise; allow to rise about 2 hour, or until doubled in bulk
  • Form the loaf!
  • Cut the dough in half. Reserve the other half under a to prevent it from drying or hardening
  • Create a mushroom shape for the base.
  • Pinch in below the center to make the shape more obvious
  • Coat with a brush with plain water, then:
  • Coat with egg wash to prevent the base from drying while you work on the next stage
  • The sheaves:
  • Taking some of the reserved dough, roll into long strips, then cut as illustrated
  • Roll each little ball in your hands to form an oblong piece.
  • Make one end a bit pointed.
  • NOW comes the fun!
  • With scissors, cut a few notches in this piece as illustrated, to resemble the wheat
  • You will be making over one hundred of these, so patience is a must!
  • Do likewise with more pieces of dough.
  • Assemble from the top of the loaf, then interlap as shown
  • Keep added these little pieces until the sheaf is full.
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  • NOTE:
  • Brush the pieces every so often as the sheaf pieces are added. This will help them adhere to the base, as well as prevent them from forming a dry crust, which inhibits proofing!
  • Now for the bottom portion:
  • Roll strips of dough to resemble the sheaf stems, and place on the base as shown
  • Make a braid of dough to place on the sheaf to resemble it being tied.
  • Pinch in the ends to make the shape more defined as a ‘tied’ sheaf of wheat
  • Cover the entire loaf liberally with more egg wash
  • Allow to rise until doubled in bulk
  • Bake at 400*F for the first 15 minutes
  • Now reduce the heat to 350*F and continue baking another 30 to 35 minutes, or until the loaf is a light golden brown, and sounds hollow when tapped
  • Allow the loaf to cool on the baking sheet
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  • NOTE:
  • This loaf is time-consuming to prepare, but well worth the effort for the final result!
  • Again, patience is the key, but the finished produce is well worth all the work ! :+D
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  • colpotter 5 years ago
    Amazing, Elaine. Flagged.
    Col Potter
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    " It was excellent "
    kitchenwhizzer ate it and said...
    It' so beautiful, Chef. I would rather save it than eat it! FIVE!
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    " It was excellent "
    dagnabbit ate it and said...
    Elaine, this is really attractive, and I've flagged it. HIGH FIVE, kid!

    Pete:)
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    " It was excellent "
    chefperiwinkle ate it and said...
    Chef Elaine, truly your attention to detail merits your title. A lovely loaf! You are certainly a credit to the culinary arts. Felicitations and high five.
    Chef P
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    " It was excellent "
    pantryraider ate it and said...
    Amazing, Chef! Gets five from me!
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    " It was excellent "
    sunflower48386 ate it and said...
    I'm with every one else! this looks awesome
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Wow, Chef, you've really outdone yourself this time! This is beautiful and so creative! An easy 5 from me, and a beauty flag, of course!
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    " It was excellent "
    quaziefly ate it and said...
    This is a beautiful loaf of bread. You have inspired me. Thank you so much for sharing. 5
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    " It was excellent "
    dooley ate it and said...
    Wow, that's beautiful. Might be over my head! Dooley 5!
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    wow Chef awsome, thanks bunches high5
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    " It was excellent "
    joe1155 ate it and said...
    I really love fresh baked white bread. This sounds fantastic.
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  • adzell 5 years ago
    Looks beautiful!
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