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Essene Bread
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This is a traditional bread from Israel. In the hot dry climate of that region the recipe consisted solely of ground sprouts mixed with water. This dough was then unbaked in the open air. Our version has buckwheat flour to help it and make it slice more easily. The addition of buckwheat also means the bread has a complete protein balance in itself. we also recommend oven baking. This is simple, sweet, and delicious bread.

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A (2 beneficials)
  • Type A Non Secretor (0 beneficials)
  • Type O (1 beneficials)
  • Baked Good
  • 3 cups of sprouted wheat
  • 1 cup of buckwheat flour
  • Water
How to make it:
  1. You sprout the wheat to same length as wheat is best.
  2. Mince, grind or chop the sprouts finely and mix with the buckwheat flour.
  3. Knead for 5-10 minutes into a stick dough, adding water only if necessary.
  4. Either form into round loaves or press into an oiled bread tin.
  5. Bake at 175*C (350*F) for 1-1/2 hours.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Essene Bread (Manna Bread)  B N B B B B B B
Buckwheat/Kasha1 B N A A A A N A
[1] This recipe uses ingredients with a high glycemic index.

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

    If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

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    Revision History:
    • Revised Oct 03, 2007 at 09:06 PM By: Don