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Soaked Flour Bread


  • 4 c warm water
  • 4 Tbs apple cider vinegar [to neutralize the phytic acid in the
  • wheat]
  • 12 c whole wheat flour
  • ½ c very warm (but not hot) water
  • 4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 c butter
  • 2/3 c honey
  • 1 Tbs salt


  1. Blend well in mixing bowl: 4 c. warm water, apple cider vinegar, flour

  2. Lay plastic wrap over top of dough to prevent it drying out.

  3. Cover bowl with damp cloth. Let stand 12-24 hours.

  4. Blend in a glass liquid measuring cup in order given, and allow to

  5. stand 5-10 minutes until it bubbles up: ½ cv water, yeast, honey, baking soda.

  6. Thoroughly whisk together butter, honey, and salt and work into

  7. dough with yeast mixture (from previous step) until well blended.

  8. Knead 15 minutes. Add a little flour (wheat or unbleached

  9. white), as needed to handle dough easily and prevent sticking (about 2-3 cups

  10. more is sufficient). Knead until smooth and resistant to kneading

  11. action. Allow 2 risings in the bowl, then shape and let rise almost double

  12. in pans.

  13. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

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