As someone who focuses so much on food, it pains me to think of anyone being hungry. But, hunger, as we all know, is a huge epidemic. So, when I heard that fellow food blogger, the passionate Jerry Stone, of Cooking Stoned, started the Three Loaves movement, I knew I had to get on board.

It began with Jerry gathering some friends and spending the day baking loaves and handing them out to the hungry in San Francisco. Jerry knew, that spreading this type of community could work just by asking those who can, to bake a loaf for themselves, one for a friend and simply, to also share one with someone in need. The three loaves. It’s that simple. Yet, imagine the difference if we’d all participate.

I had been debating over what type of bread to share. I knew I wanted something hearty and comforting. Ironically, the idea came to me while staring into a restaurant bread basket. I pulled off a piece of warm brown bread, flecked with oats and a slightly sweet, molasses taste. One bite and I knew I’d have to recreate it. After several attempts, I think this is just perfect. And look at that…it makes three loaves.

Honey Wheat Brown Bread - this hearty bread is slightly sweet and perfect served with a meal. | @tasteLUVnourish on www.tasteloveandnourish.com #threeloaves

Honey Wheat Brown Bread

2 cups bread flour, plus extra for kneading
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
rolled oats for topping

In a medium bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and yeast. Set aside.

In a small bowl, stir to combine the warm water, butter, molasses and honey.

Pour the water mixture over the dry ingredients and either mix with a sturdy spoon or using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. Mix until the dough comes together.

Knead the dough by hand or with a stand mixer for about 5 to 8 minutes. If kneading by hand, knead on a heavily floured board, adding just a bit more bread flour as needed. Place the ball of dough into a buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel and set aside to rise for 2 hours.

Divide the dough into 3 pieces. Roll each piece out into about a 9 inch log. Place the loaves onto a parchment lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle a bit of rolled oats on top of each loaf and lightly score each loaf diagonally, if desired. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and a dish towel and set aside to rise again for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Bake the loaves for 20 minutes. When done, cool on a wire rack.

Makes 3 loaves

Honey Wheat Brown Bread - this hearty bread is slightly sweet and perfect served with a meal. | @tasteLUVnourish on www.tasteloveandnourish.com #threeloaves

Tips:

  • When measuring flour, give it a whisk before measuring. Scoop lightly and level off with the flat side of a knife.
  • When rising the loaves, keep them in a warm, draft-free spot. I use a bunch of dish towels to wrap the bowl in if the counter is chilly.
  • Try adding about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of raisins to this recipe for added sweetness.
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