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Tassajara Bread, Basic


This recipe makes 4 loaves, great to help feed a crowd.













Low Fat, Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


6 cups water
lukewarm 85-105 f
2 tablespoons yeast, active dry
½ cup honey
or molasses
2 cups milk, skim, (non fat) powder
14 cups whole-wheat flour
2 ½ tablespoons salt
½ cup butter
or oil


Combine water, yeast, and sweetening .

Add milk powder.

Let sponge rise 30 to 40 minutes. Add WW flour (7 - 8 Cups), a cup at a time.

Beat 100 times with spoon.

Mixes in air and knead dough.

Set bowl in warm place 85 to 100 F and let it rise for an hour.

This rising lets the yeast get started without the salt.

Gluten is formed too.

Fold in salt, oil, another 6 to 8 cup flour.

Don't stir or cut Knead the dough Let it rise another hour.

Punch it down Let it rise 40 to 50 minutes.

Shape into loaves Let it rise another 15 to 25 minutes.

Slit top and bake 350℉ (180℃) for 50 -70 minutes.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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, United States
 almost 2 years ago

I can't find my Tassajara bread book so I looked this recipe up here. Just going to say, This recipe is not accurate. There is no butter in the original recipe. I will try it with butter to see how it comes out.

, United States
 over 1 year ago

Looking for Tassajara BB recipe for GINGERBREAD (cake)

Portland, United States
 9 months ago

In response to an earlier comment: Butter is given as an option on pages 24 and 44 of the original (1970) Tassajara Bread Book.

Sacramento, United States
 2 months ago

Thank you for providing this, my original 1974 book is packed up. I was taught by someone who took the Tassajara class to let the yeast honey and water sit 15 min, then add enough flour to make a "thick mud" in corporating lots of air by bringing spoon up thru the batter 100 times. Let that sponge sit 30-40 min and proceed as above. Treat it gently with lots of love! Thank you again

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 75g (2.6 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 15715% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 396mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 18%
Sugars g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 5% Iron 8%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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