1 ¼ TSP ACTIVE DRY YEAST
½ CUP WARM WATER – 110º
¼ CUP WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
2 TBS HONEY
1 ½ CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR – or more as needed
1 TB OLIVE OIL
1/3 CUP WALNUTS – finely chopped
1 ½ TSP DRIED ROSEMARY – crushed, optional
In a small bowl dissolve yeast in warm water.
In a large bowl mix whole wheat flour and ¼ cup of regular flour and stir in the yeast mixture. Let stand covered for about 15 minutes. Add honey, oil, rosemary (is using), salt and ¾ cup of all purpose flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in walnuts and enough of the remaining flour to for a soft dough.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth – 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl turning to grease the top, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size – about 45 minutes.
Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into thirds. Roll each third into a 12-inch rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid, pinching ends under to seal. Let rise in a warm, draft free place, covered with a dish towel, until almost doubled – about 30 minutes.
PREHEAT OVEN TO 375º.
Bake util golden brown – 20-25 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
NOTE: This is an easy bread to make, and you can change the flavor by adding different spices. You can even make it sweet by adding some sugar, cinnamon and raisins or other chopped dried fruit in a small quantity.