Big Sur Bakery Hide Bread Recipe

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 45 mins

I lived in Big Sur off and on for about 10 years and my heart is still there. I adapted this recipe from 101 Cookbooks. Heidi Swanson says, "The Big Sur Bakery sits back off California's famous Highway 1 a bit, nestled next to a gas station. It's owners, three of them, abandoned the Los Angeles restaurant scene years ago, determined to turn a property with a lackluster track record into something special. They set their sights on a house-turned-abandoned-restaurant, eventually wrangling it into what is now the beloved Big Sur Bakery. This is a recipe from Terry "Hide" Prince, one of the bakery's earliest friends. If you can imagine a dense, seed and grain-packed English muffin, you're in the ballpark. Rather than using salt, Terry gathers kelp from the coast and uses it to season the bread. The key to enjoying these delicious little breads (and I can't emphasize this enough), is splitting them open, toasting them until they are deeply golden, then slathering them generously with butter (or drizzling with olive oil or honey). Then sprinkle with a bit more salt. Blissful buttery crunchiness." Terry Hyde, the creator of the recipe says, "There's no need to be intimidated by making my bread. It was born out of a sea voyage, from Hawaii to New Zealand, because it was easier than yeast bread. I used my friend, Jay's, Irish soda bread recipe, only I added my own super foods. Amaranth, millet, and quinoa all have the 8 essential amino acids for building muscle, flax seeds for digestion, and kelp or seaweed for vitamins and minerals. I keep a 5 gallon pickle bucket with my dry bread mix, adding whatever sounds healthy. You can substitute water for milk or beer, and spelt for a gluton free bread." There have been mixed reviews on this, so please realize this is a dense bread and please do toast it!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 -5 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra flour for dusting (start with 4 cups, you may sub 1 cup whole wheat flour or spelt flour)
  • 12 cup whole flax seed, slightly crushed (in the food processor works great-you just want to crack the flax, not grind it)
  • 12 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 cups oat bran (may sub wheat germ)
  • 14 cup sunflower seeds
  • 12 cup millet (or amaranth, quinoa, or poppy seeds, or any combo of these)
  • 2 tablespoons dulse flakes (or 1 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt or kelp powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 cup good quality beer plus 2 tablespoons beer (you may sub water or milk for the beer)
  • 2 12 cups buttermilk (or half-and-half, milk, or water or almond milk-my personal favorite)
  • unsalted butter, softened for serving


  1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350*F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper if desired.
  3. Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl(start with just 4 cups of flour, and add the 5th -if necessary- after the liquids have all been mixed in) , stir them together, and make a well in the center. Add the beer and the buttermilk. Mix with a wooden spoon until a thick, wet batter forms. Sprinkle a layer of flour over the top.
  4. Turn the batter onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a loose log about 2 inches in diameter. Cut it into 1 1/2" thick slices and pat them down(don't pat down too much) with your hands to form patties. Place the patties on the baking sheet and bake them for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown. Let them cook completely.
  5. To serve, slice each patty in half, toast it well, and smear with butter
  6. Note:
  7. A sprinkling of salt works wonder here. Make sure to toast it well to totally make sure the inside is done. Hide bread is similar to an English muffin in that if you don't toast it, it'll taste raw. Enjoy!
  8. Makes about fifteen 4-inch patties.


Most Helpful

Lovely bread when toasted for breakfast. Easy to make and full of all those good for you items.

adopt a greyhound January 12, 2012

WOW, wow, wow! This bread is amazing! I loved the texture and taste of this yummy bread. So full of seeds and all things good with a lovely golden crust and soft yet firm centre. I made half the recipe and ended up baking it in a standard loaf pan as my dough was too wet to shape into anything really. Evenso it only needed the 45 minutes of baking time stated in the recipe.
I used salt (but only half of it) and soured milk and a mix of seeds I had on hand. It worked out so nicely and tasted good both toasted and untoasted. Ill surely make this healthy bread often again! THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing a real winner with us, Sharon!
Made and reviewed for Adopt A Veggie Tag September 2011.

Lalaloula September 10, 2011

MMMMMM, I love this bread! For some unknown reason, I had a jar of dulse flakes in my cupboard, and searching 'zaar, led me to this recipe. So glad it did because this one is a keeper! I made a few changes because this recipe seemed open to that. First I used flax meal instead of flax seed (because that was in the pantry). Also, in place of the millet, I used a 7-grain cereal mix (that probably had millet in it). I also subbed 1 cup whole spelt flour for one of the all purpose. (And I used almond milk.) So with all that said, the result was a GREAT dense, chewy, nutty-ish, delicious bread. It does remind me a bit of soda bread, but even better. Don't let the long ingredient list turn you off, this is super easy to make -- measure, stir, shape, bake, eat. Great recommendation to toast it. I think it's too chewy to use as a sandwich bread, but FANTASTIC to serve warm and crunchy.

Wish I Could Cook March 07, 2010

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