Nauvoo Wheat Bread

by Suzanne on September 4, 2013

in Breads

nauvoobread CollageYou might be wondering what is Nauvoo wheat bread?  It is a bread from yesteryear, back  when the United States  was still being settled. I had the pleasure this Summer to go on a fantastic trip with youth from my church to Nauvoo, Illinois, yes Nauvoo is a city and it means beautiful in the Hebrew language.  The city Nauvoo is located on the Mid-West border of Illinois on the banks of Mississippi river. Nauvoo is a special city to me because I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Nauvoo was a settlement of the early members of our church. Nauvoo was founded in 1839 by the Prophet Joseph Smith and it was a gathering place for the early saints until they were driven out of the city by mobs trying to kill them in 1848. Today Nauvoo is a small town and much of the city has been historically restored to its’ original beauty, dotted with homes by the river and Main Street looking the way it would have in the mid 1800’s. A beautiful Temple set on a bluff overlooks the river and the city below.

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We took our youth there to see the Nauvoo Pageant that runs during the Summer. The pageant tells the stories of the early settlers and gives an idea of what life would have been like during that time. Not only is it a wonderful pageant but the restored city is open to the public daily with tours of the homes and businesses of that time period. On one of the tours we took, we were shown how the women of that time would have baked their bread. Of course being the baker that I am I was interested to learn about how the process went. They had little bricks oven on the side of their fireplaces inside the home. A fire would be made early in the morning and then when it died down to the ambers the oven was ready for baking. The bread was usually wheat bread and it was shaped in rounds not in the rectangle pan that mine is in. When the ingredients were mixed and the dough was ready the bread cooked for a short time since the oven was so hot. When the bread was baked we got to try some of it and it was such a wonderful tasting bread I asked for the recipe 🙂 I was directed to find it online and so I did and this is that wonderful bread we got to taste.

nauvoobread1My family fell in love with this wheat bread and devoured it. I made two different jams this Summer, one raspberry cherry and the other spiced peach and they were put to the test on this bread and passed with flying colors. In fact my husband works late hours in the Summer and he is outside all day in the heat so when he gets home he isn’t in the mood for a big meal. He requested big pieces of homemade bread with jam and smoothies for dinner for almost a week :). Nauvoo bread is going to be a family favorite because of it’s flavor, texture and how moist and delicious it is.

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Nauvoo Wheat Bread

2 1/2 Cups Water(slightly hot)
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Powdered Milk
1 Tablespoons Yeast
1/2 cup Potato Flakes
1/4 Cup Oil
1 Tablespoons Salt
2 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
4-5 Cups White Flour

Step 1: Combine slightly hot water, sugar, powdered milk, and yeast in a large bowl.  Stir to combine and dissolve the sugar.  Wait a few minutes to allow yeast to begin bubbling.
Step 2: Stir in potato flakes, oil, and salt.
Step 3: Add whole wheat flour and stir 300 strokes or for 3 minutes to develop gluten.  Add 3 cups white flour, stir, and then add 2 more cups white flour as you knead the dough.  Knead for 15 minutes – adding up to 2-4 more cups of white flour, as needed.
Step 4: Let dough rise to double – takes about an hour.  Punch dough down and allow to raise again.  Shape into smooth round loaves, place on greased cookie sheet and allow to rise again.
Step 5: Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Nauvoobreadnauvoobread4For more on the history of Nauvoo check out this website The orginal recipe for the bread.

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1 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 5, 2013 at 1:46 am

I love food with a story and I’m sure I would devour this beautiful bread in an instant!

2 Krista September 5, 2013 at 4:40 am

It looks so moist and tender yet sturdy. 🙂 How interesting to know the story behind the bread. I always like learning where recipes come from. 🙂

3 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking September 5, 2013 at 5:02 am

I haven’t heard about this bread until now. Thanks for sharing the history behind it with us. Such a great places to see and learn about.

4 Patty September 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Beautiful photos of your delicious looking interesting to visit this town, learn about the history and come away with such a wonderful recipe for bread-doesn’t get much better than that!! Thanks for sharing 😉

5 The Café Sucre Farine September 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm

It’s so funny that it’s all called “bread” and yet there are a zillion different variations and methods of making it. This one looks wonderful Suzanne, how fun that you know the history of too!

6 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Great pictures from your trip! The bread sounds wonderful, especially with the yummy jams!

7 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} September 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm

What a fantastic trip and it was so interesting to learn about the origin of nauvoo. That bread you made is simply mouthwatering. I need to start making bread – I am in such awe when I see homemade bread. Delish!!!

8 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 6, 2013 at 12:34 am

What a gorgeous loaf of bread (wish I had a slice with homemade jam!) and beautiful photos from your trip!

9 CCU September 7, 2013 at 1:16 am

This bread is absolutely delicious, I love this gorgeous look 😀


10 Sophie September 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

Thanks, Suzanne for learning me something new.

This special bread looks amazing & lovely pics too! Yummm!

11 Nami | Just One Cookbook September 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I enjoyed reading about your trip. I need to start baking bread at home so I can enjoy freshly baked bread like yours…. look so delicious!

12 Vicki Bensinger September 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I’m not sure what it is but I’ve been in the mood for bread. Just today I went through several cookbooks getting ideas for various loaves of bread. It must be that fall is coming and even though it’s almost 100 degrees here I’m thinking cooler weather is just around the corner.

Your bread looks beautiful and sounds wonderful. I’m saving this recipe to try. I have a love hate relationship with the stuff but this is a nice wheat loaf. It looks perfect.

13 Debra Hanson September 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm

It looks wonderful, I can almost smell it! How many loaves will this recipe make? I think I will give it a try. The potato flakes are an interesting addition.

14 Suzanne September 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Thanks Deb, This recipe makes two loaves and the potato flakes make it extra soft. Hope you like this recipe.

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