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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

May Day Maple Hearth Bread

May Day Maple Hearth Bread Cover
This is a very crusty and somewhat dry bread that is incredibly delicious and almost pastry-like in its sweetness. It is ideal for May Day/Beltane celebrations.


* 1 envelope active dry yeast
* 1/3 cup real maple syrup
* 1/4 cup warm water (105oF-115oF)
* 3 cups flour
* 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 cup shortening


Dissolve yeast in the water. Mix 1 1/2 cups of the flour with the brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening. Dissolve the syrup into the yeast mix too. Add yeast mix to the flour mix; stir. Add flour until dough is easy to handle. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes. Form into round, place on cookie sheet. Let rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350oF. Slice pleasing image into bread top. Bake for 30 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Loaf can be brushed with syrup or butter during last 5 minutes of baking.

NOTE: Your bread will have trouble rising if the syrup is too cold! Warm up the syrup if it has been in the refrigerator, it should be room temperature or warmer.

Yield: 1 loaf

Source: A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook

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