Organic Red Fife, Rustic Bread – Bread Machine and Oven Baked

Heritage Red Fife Wheat – The revival of Red Fife in the Canadian food scene is helping bring variety and farmer identification to food crops.  Artisan bakers who are now using Red Fife making their own signature baked goods using its flour. Bread made with this old but not ancient grain tastes exactly like old fashioned bread your grandma used to make.

Homemade Organic Red Fife Rustic Bread

This Canadian heritage wheat delivers a distinct, nutty flavour, slightly sweet and is rustic red in colour.  Used when making waffles, muffins, bread and buns, this grain brings your taste buds back to the “good old days”.

This recipe I sort of adapted from a whole wheat recipe I have for my bread machine.  It made such a lofty dough, that this recipe made for me one large round or two regular sized loaves.  I decided I needed to bake it in the oven for that traditional home-baked bread feeling.  This dough is also used to make rustic dinner rolls and enjoyed with plenty of fresh butter.  
This recipe makes one large round or 2 regular loaves.  Freeze one to rise and bake another day… Make one and give one to a friend.  Your result will be lots of friends…
  • 2 cups milk, or rice milk or water
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp. butter cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups red fife flour
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 3 tsp active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds, optional
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, optional

Measure ingredients except for seeds  into bread pan in the order listed.  Select the “whole-grain” setting on the bread machine, 2 pound setting.  You may need to play with a little more liquid, depending on the moisture in the air on baking day.  The dough should not be too dry, and thump around in the pan.  Add seeds when the machine indicates.  Allow dough to form and rise.  Remove dough from the machine before it starts to bake.  My machine was about 2 hours.   Shape into a loaf and place on a lightly floured cookie sheet if making a round, or place in 2 well greased and floured loaf pans. (at this point you can freeze one loaf, well wrapped in plastic for future use) Allow to rise by placing a warm, damp towel over top and placing in a warm, draft-free area  for 45 minutes or until twice the size.  Bake at 375 – 400 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes.  Let cool for at least 20 minutes.  You can make this recipe and form dough into small loaf buns, bake for 30 minutes at 350 – 375 degrees.

* I added 1/2 cup cracked spelt soaked in 1 cup of warm water for an hour to this recipe with amazing results.

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10 Responses to Organic Red Fife, Rustic Bread – Bread Machine and Oven Baked

  1. NewtoBaking! says:

    What can I use in place of spelt? I have oat flour – would that work? Thanks.


  2. Louise Leblanc-Mazur says:

    Just tried this recipe for the first time today and it is a keeper! Thank you for sharing. L


  3. Katie Robinson says:

    I love this recipe! I would like to try making one similar but bake it in the bread machine the entire time… do you have the original recipe that you adapted this one from? I would love to have it if possible! Thanks


    • With my bread machine I have the option for Sandwich Bread Setting which is the setting I use all the time. It works fine. This recipe will do just fine with that I am sure. Just take it out and knead the bread, and at the same time remove the paddles, oil the shafts that hold the paddles and put the dough back in. (make sure that you do this procedure quickly so the machine does not cool down too much). Allow the machine to do the rise and baking process on its own and you have wonderful bread machine bread. Good Luck! L.L


  4. Keary says:

    I made this recipe and it turned out just great, thanks


  5. Presto Poplite says:

    I was lucky to find this website. Thank you for sharing this information. I find it very informational as I have been analysing a lot lately on practical matters such as you talk about.


  6. Jackson says:

    Thanks for sharing good knowledge Organic Red Fife.


  7. visceral says:

    could you use soy milk rather than the rice milk? I can’t get localy produced rice milk.


    • yes, you can use any kind of milk. Even nut milks work well with this for an added bit of protein. For healthy reasons, make sure your soy milk non-gmo and is not sweetened with corn syrup solids as most are.


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