Peasant Walnut Barley Loaf

  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 65 mins


1/2cup pearl barley
2cups hot water
2tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2cup unbleached flour
1-1/2cup whole wheat flour
2packages quick rising yeast
2teaspoons salt
2tablespoons brown sugar
1tablespoon fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dry
1cup chopped walnuts


  1. Simmer barley, covered in water, 30 minutes; cool to lukewarm (about 130F).  Add olive oil.

  2. Combine flours, yeast, salt, sugar and rosemary in food processor with metal blade.  Add barley mixture and process until mixture forms a ball.  (Add small amount of liquid or flour to ensure soft dough, if needed). 

  3. Remove and knead in walnuts.  Form into round loaf; place on greased baking sheet.  Cover and let rise until doubled (30-45 minutes). 

  4. Bake at 375F, 35 to 45 minutes, until tests done.  Slice thinly.  Makes 1 loaf.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 350
  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Fat 14g
  • Saturated Fat 1.5g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 590mg
  • Potassium 230mg
  • Carbohydrate 49g
  • Fiber 6g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 10g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 15%