Everyone will love a slice of this wholesome loaf for breakfast.
Credit: Marcus Nilsson

While the rest of the food world seems to be searching for the next trendy toast topping -- what's the new avocado??! -- Martha's zeroing in on the bread itself. After all, having a delicious base is just as important as the embellishments. A good piece of toast should be able to stand on its own as well as support other flavors, and this honey whole-wheat bread from Martha's book "A New Way to Bake" fits the bill perfectly. Freshly milled whole-grain flour makes the loaf super nutritious, and equal amounts of honey and butter give the interior a wonderfully soft texture. Enjoy it as is, schmeared with more honey and butter, in sandwiches, you name it. Bonus: the bread freezes beautifully, so you can enjoy it for months to come.

Joining Martha in the kitchen this week is James Gop, the chef and founder of Heirloom Fire, an events and catering company based in the Berkshires that cooks everything over fire and uses heirloom ingredients and recipes, such as ancient varieties of wheat in their breads. He walks Martha through baking with Warthog, Zorro, and einkorn wheats. Need more temptation to tune in this weekend? Martha's also whipping up some killer hazelnut hot-cross buns and whole-wheat monkey bread!

"Martha Bakes" season 8 airs on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).


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