June 19, 2017

Hippie Bread got its start in the 1970s and makes the perfect bread for sandwiches or to serve alongside a rustic supper. This bread is chewy and moist and can be spread with any topping you please.

 

Hippie Bread

Pat, the speech pathologist at my school, brought loaves of Hippie Bread to share at our end of the school year luncheon. I had never heard of or tasted Hippie Bread, but since I set up the luncheon I was able to snag a piece before it was all gone. I slathered it with butter and savored every bite.

 

6 cups bleached or unbleached flour

1 tablespoon salt

3¼ cups lukewarm water

½  teaspoon yeast

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Sesame seeds

 

Dump all ingredients into a large bowl and stir well with a spoon. Cover with a dishtowel as well as a lid or a plate. Let sit overnight or longer. Do not stir or knead dough.

When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees and then simply divide dough evenly into three greased loaf pans. Non-stick spray works well. Sprinkle one or more loaves with sesame seeds before baking. Bake immediately for 30 minutes. Remove bread from pans and then place bread directly on oven rack. Bake for 15-20 minutes longer.

 

Cool loaves thoroughly on cooling racks.

 

Makes 3 loaves