Harvest Wheatsheaf

Makes 1 loaf

Create this wonderful centre-piece at harvest time. The dough has less yeast than normal bread dough which will delay the rising while you assemble it. Making this can be a fun activity for children and you can either eat it after the first cooking or preserve it with further cooking.

Free from Egg, Soya, Dairy, Nuts
Vegetarian

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  1. Line a large baking tray with parchment and pre-heat the oven.
  2. Put the flour, yeast, sugar and salt into a large bowl and blend them together.
  3. Stir in the water.
  4. Using your hands, gather everything together into a doughy mass.
  5. Knead the dough until it feels smooth and pliable.
  6. Divide the dough into three pieces.
  7. Take one third of the dough and roll it into a rectangle, the size of your baking tray.
  8. Cut into a large mushroom shape, place it onto the prepared tray, and brush all over with water. Gather together dough off-cuts and roll them into a ball for use later.
  9. Cut the second piece of dough into 30 pieces and roll each out thinly.
  10. Lay these onto the 'stalk' of your mushroom shape to make the stalks of the wheatsheaf.
  11. Cut the third piece of dough into three pieces, roll each into a long thin cylinder then cut each one into twenty small lengths. These will form the ears of wheat.
  12. Working inwards from the outer edge, quickly press the end of each small length onto the round part of the mushroom shape.
  13. Using scissors make several snips into the end of each small dough length to create the impression of grains in an ear of wheat.
  14. Divide the off-cut dough into three pieces, roll each into a 25cm length and plait them together.
  15. Brush the middle of the wheat stalks with water and lay the plait across them to create the impression of string around the sheaf. Use any remaining dough to make a dough mouse.
  16. Beat the egg well and brush it all over the dough.
  17. Bake immediately for 25 minutes.
  18. To keep the sheaf as a decoration, lower the temperature and bake for a further 5 hours.
  19. To keep this as a decoration for a longer period of time, then brush the dough with varnish.

Equipment

Large baking tray

Temperature

200°C, Fan 180°C, 400°F, Gas 6

Cooking time

25 minutes
Worked well - very pleased with the results. Probably the best recipe I've used. https://quercuscommunity.com/2016/09/14/wheatsheaf-loaves/
By Mr Simon Wilson
20 Sep 2016
Please can you advise the temperature of the oven if you are cooking the sheaf for five hours
By Mrs Esme Black
25 Sep 2015
Thank you for this recipe it has made an Absolutely perfect sheaf ! Well I'm very happy with my efforts and this is the first one that I have made ! I shall be coming back to you for more recipes etc xx
By Mrs Maureen Greenwood
28 Sep 2014
Well I have just completed the sheaf and I will now pop I into the hot oven and I will return with the results !! Fingers crossed xx it is for the Harvest Festival at St Paul's Church tomorrow morn !! Gulp I hope, it will be fine,"!?
By Mrs Maureen Greenwood
27 Sep 2014

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