How to Make Ezekiel Bread
What is Ezekiel Bread?Ezekiel bread has a very deep rooted religious background. The bread itself was said to be a recipe given to Ezekiel from god while his people were under siege and he was forced to live in the desert for two years. The bread is said to be nutritionally complete, containing more protein than your standard wheat bread.
Often times, Ezekiel bread available at grocery stores will be called Ezekiel 4:9 bread. The 4:9 is referring to the biblical reference. I've included the biblical verse below:
Ezekiel Chapter 4:9-17: Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to number of days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.
Ezekiel bread is a much healthier alternative to regular bread as it uses sprouted grain instead of regular wheat and sugar. This result is bread much lower in carbohydrates which is also ideal for those on diets as well as a much more nutritionally complete food.
Ezekiel Bread RecipeIngredients:
- 2-1/2 cups hard red wheat
- 1-1/2 cups spelt or rye (Biblically spelt was used, Ezekiel 4:9)
- 1/2 cup barley (hulled barley)
- 1/4 cup millet
- 1/4 cup lentils (green preferred)
- 2 Tbs. great northern beans
- 2 Tbs. red kidney beans
- 2 Tbs. pinto beans
- 4 cups lukewarm water
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbs. yeast
In a bowl, mix together the hard red wheat, spelt, barley, millet, lentils, northern beans, red kidney beans, and pinto beans.
The mixture should then be ground in a flour mill.
In a large bowl add 4 cups lukewarm water, 1 cup honey and 1/2 cup oil.
Next add your freshly milled flour made from the grains in the step above as well as 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 tablespoons of yeast.
Stir and kneed for roughly 10 minutes until the bread has been well kneaded. The batter will not become smooth like your typical dough, so don't get frustrated and continue kneading.
Pour the dough into two greased large loaf pans or three greased medium loaf pans.
Allow dough to rise for one hour in a warm place or until the dough is nearing the top of the pan.
Bake in your oven for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees F
Ezekiel Bread for Fasting?
If you are fasting, divide the bread into 8 half pound portions and eat one portion a day with a liter of water.