When my kids were little we didn’t observe Holy Week. I simply didn’t know how to share this part of our faith with my girls. Back then there weren’t many mommy blogs, and even fewer resources for learning to share faith at home. At some point I found a book, Mitten Strings for God, that helped me to slow down, to imagine that God was in the everyday moments. It also included a “Wonder Bread” recipe. We spent many afternoons measuring, kneading, baking, then breaking bread fresh from the oven.
If I had it to do over again, I would use this recipe for Maundy Thursday. Today it is enough to eat bread together on the day we remember that Jesus blessed the bread and cup with the disciples. It is enough to remember that there is enough room at the table for all. May we awaken to God’s grace in these simple acts of blessing, eating, communing. May the warm bread comfort and sustain our spirits for the journey of faith. May we wonder at the bread, the cup, grace and this this Holy Mystery.
Thanks to Magically Momma for letting me access this recipe while away from home:
(From mitten Strings For God by Katrina Kenison)
Combine in a very large bowl:
4 Tablespoons Canola Oil
4 Tablespoons Honey
3 Tablespoons Salt (I prefer sea salt, but any salt will work)
8 Cups Warm Water
2 Tablespoons Yeast
Stir and wait 5 minutes, until yeast is dissolved and bubbling.
7 Cups White Flour
7 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
2 Cups Rolled Oats
It is not necessary to knead the dough, but you can if you want to. (Note to experienced bread makers: This dough is a bit more sticky than most bread doughs.) Divide dough into two oiled bowls. Cover and let rise until doubled. (About 1 1/2 hours) Punch down and divide it into 6 or 7 greased loaf pans and let rise until doubled. (Again, about 1 1/2 hours.)
Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.