This bread is also known as Bible Bread or Fasting Bread. This version does not use beans; instead it contains cooked lentils and several whole grain flours. You may have to visit a health foods store to find some of these ingredients.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place lentils in a small saucepan, cover with water and cook until soft. Drain and set aside to cool. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

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  • Place the cooled lentils in a bowl and mash. Mix in olive oil, honey, salt and remaining 4 1/2 cups warm water. In a large bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, barley flour, soy flour, millet flour and rye flour.

  • Stir the yeast mixture into the lentil mixture. Beat in 2 cups of the flour mixture. Stir in the remaining flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  • Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Briefly knead the dough and divide into four equal pieces and form into loaves. Place the loaves into four lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour, or until bottom of a loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

Nutrition Facts

161.7 calories; 6.6 g protein; 29.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 148.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2004
FIRST TIME BREAD BAKER HERE! Loved this bread. Super healthy tasty and dense. Tastes great with PB&J and goes well with a nice bowl of Split Pea soup! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2014
Used all the right ingredients followed instruction completely. The bread did not rise got five loaves very tasty very dense but as I said stayed flat only rising a little. Looking for another recipe. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2004
FIRST TIME BREAD BAKER HERE! Loved this bread. Super healthy tasty and dense. Tastes great with PB&J and goes well with a nice bowl of Split Pea soup! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2005
This was my first time baking bread and this recipe would've been great if the bread had risen:) Make sure your yeast is good. I found out that my yeast was no good. Had I done research on bread baking tips I would've noticed that the yeast didn't "activate". My advice is to buy enough yeast to test out..if it doesn't bubble or foam it's no good and to cut this recipe so that you won't waste product. I had to throw it all away however I will try again and hopefully get it right next time. Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2007
A very heavy loaf of bread. Very dense but flavorful. I usually add ground cloves or cinnamon either when I'm mixing or dust the top of the loaves before I put them in the oven. I use this bread for fasting and I haven't had a problem with it yet. It just takes some time to prepare but it's worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
Lovely bread just as I like it! it was my first time so I only made half of the recipe.I used my kitchenaide on 2 to mix everything To cut the waiting time I warm up the dryer and stop it and put the loaf inside and close the door. Finally I brushed the breads 15 min before they where ready with an egg white and a little bit of agave. Delish! I will make it again Thanks to the poster. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2006
Very good ezekiel bread. I have to half the recipe otherwise it is just too much bread. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2013
I like this bread. It isn't the very best bread I've ever made but it is very healthy and is helping me use up some of the alternative flours I have on hand from denser low-carb breads I didn't want to make. I did change it a little bit - First I reduced it to one loaf size (12 servings). I had all of the ingredients on-hand except millet flour but I did have actual millet so I cooked the lentils and 1 Tbsp of millet (since it would expand) together. I prepared as the recipe directed until it was time to mix all the ingredients together. At that point I put it into my breadmaker on the whole wheat setting 1.5 LB loaf and let it do the rest. The only other recipe change I made was to add 3 Tsp vital wheat gluten since the recipe really doesn't call for much yeast. The bread turned out nice! It is still quite dense but is very moist. It has a nice mild flavor very suitable for just some butter or using in a sandwich. Overall I am very pleased and will make this again. Thanks to its author! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2017
Did a few thing differently the second time I made it switching some of the flours could not find soy flour so I used Teff flour and 2 cups of 12 grain flour. Also I pre-heated my oven at 170 degrees then shut the oven off before putting the greased bread in to rise the first time. Did the same when I put them into loaf pans after that removed them putting them on the stove top while pre-heating for baking. They turned out very well it's a dense loaf very filling. I sliced them thinner so I got 72 servings all together the electric knife worked great for slicing. Also put poppy seeds into the bread because I like them. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2014
Used all the right ingredients followed instruction completely. The bread did not rise got five loaves very tasty very dense but as I said stayed flat only rising a little. Looking for another recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2018
halved the recipe used 1/2 cup spelt flour and 1/2 cup wheat gluten instead of 1 cup soy flour added some chia seed to the lentils while cooking Only needed 3 cups wheat flour after adding all other flours first It doesn't say a temperature I used 350 in half size loaf pans for 45 to 60 minutes depending on loaf size Read More