Farmers Daughter Herbs

fennel bread
3 tsp. fennel seeds
2 tbsp. active dry yeast
1 tbsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. grated orange peel
6 cups whole-wheat bread flour
1 6 oz. ground sunflower seeds
3 1/2 oz. flaxseed

1. Crush the fennel seeds slightly and mix them with the yeast, salt, sugar, orange peel and whole-wheat flour.

2. Blend in 3 cups of luke warm water; then add the sunflower seeds and flax seed and thoroughly knead the dough.

3. Cover the dough and allow it to rise in awarm place for about 1'/2 hr

4. Punch down the dough. Knead it again,shape it into a long loaf and place it in an oiled loaf pan. Cover the loaf and let it rise again for 1-2 hr.

5. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

6. Place an ovenproof bowl of hot wateron the floor of the oven. Brush the loaf with water and bake it for 40 min.