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How Many Loaves Have You?

carluke's picture

How Many Loaves Have You?

March 4 is World Day of Prayer 2011. The theme this year is 'How Many Loaves Have You?'.

There is a preset program (world-wide, I think) which includes, at the conclusion of the service, all attendees being given a loaf of bread!

What to do? I belong to a very small Church in a rural area of southwestern Ontario which might have decided, otherwise, to bypass this part of the program. I have been making bread for over a year now, have taken several courses, and thought that - if this is what the program suggests we do - then we should try to do it! (luckily, we seldom get more than 60 - 70 people attending)

I decided to make Jeffrey Hamelman's Oatmeal Bread in small, 3" x 6" loaf pans. Due to mixer, bread pan and oven limitations, I have been making them like an assembly-line using the 'home' quantities, over and over. I mix a batch, set it to proof, mix another batch and set it to proof, and so on. I made up a schedule sheet to keep track of where I was with each batch, and numbered my mixing bowls to avoid confusion. I found that I can make 4 batches - of 6 to 7 small loaves per batch - in a day.

I am freezing the loaves until March 3. I have over 50 loaves so far, so am hoping that one more big bake day will get it done.

Here is yesterday's bake -

And, of course, every big effort like this requires a supervisor. Here is mine -



Wish me luck!

cranbo's picture

That's quite a production line to have at home. Your loaves look great, and I'm sure you're getting a lot of good practice.

Best of luck on your bake!


possum-liz's picture

Congratulations, Carluke! That's an outstanding effort! I often take part in the World Day of Prayer in Australia and will look forward to it even more with this year's theme.

GSnyde's picture

My baking supervisor looks a lot like yours.

Great bakes!  I love that formula--just made it last weekend.  Your congregation is very fortunate.


Franko's picture

Just a great way to support your community and Church with such an abundance of well made loaves. I can tell from the 'break' of these loaves that a great deal of care has gone into looking after this dough from start to finish. Beautiful loaves, one and all!

All the best,


OldWoodenSpoon's picture

in all respects:  the bread, the thought, the effort, the generosity.  I will pray for you till then, and with you on March 4th.  And don't worry about having enough:  with only five He fed thousands and plenty left over!


carluke's picture

Thank you so much to all. You really made my day!

evth's picture

How wonderful and inspiring! Thank you. Blessed are the kind. That's you, Janice. I will try my best to participate in this.