Herbal Wheat Bread

Makes 1 loaf


1 package active dry yeast
¼ cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups unbleached flour
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked pepper
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
¼ cup flax seeds
Extra unbleached flour for kneading


In a small bowl, gently whisk together the yeast, ¼ cup lukewarm water and the honey. Let the mixture stand until frothy, about 7 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt and pepper and mix well. In the middle of the large bowl make a little well and add the yeast mixture. Stir in a little of the flour mixture until a creamy paste is made. Sprinkle the remaining water around the outskirts of the bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon adding flour into the well little by little. Add the oil and mix well. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes or until semi smooth, sprinkling with flour if mixture is sticky. Place dough in a lightly oiled ceramic bowl, dampen a kitchen towel in warm water and use the towel to cover the bowl. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size or approximately 2 hours.

“Punch” the dough down and knead again on a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times. Shape the dough in the size you prefer and let rise again another half hour.

Bake in preheated 450° oven for about 30 minutes. Cool for about an hour.