Wheat State Sheaf

Wheat State Sheaf, bread shaping
White or Whole Wheat Dough Recipe

  1. Divide 1½ pounds of dough into 18 equal pieces. Roll out 8 (18" ropes) and 8 (15" ropes); cover. Tip: to roll dough evenly into a rope, start at the center and work toward the ends. On greased 12" x 18" baking sheet, place one 18" rope lengthwise in center. Bend top to the left. Place a second 18" rope beside the first rope, bending top to right. Repeat procedure.
  2. Place one 15" rope on each side bending top. Place remaining 15" ropes on top of bottom layer, placing ropes to cover the space between bottom ropes.
  3. Roll two pieces into thin ropes. Twist together and place across center, extending 1" past sheaf. Cut off extra; pinch ends together and tuck under sheaf.
  4. Cover; let rise 15-20 minutes. With scissors, make diagonal snips along bent “heads”. Beat 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush on sheaf. Bake at 350°F, 20-25 minutes or until golden. If outer edges bake faster, tent with aluminum foil. Note: If you wish to use the sheaf for decoration, place it on a wire rack and let dry for several days.