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April 5, 2012

Sunflower and Flaxseed Bread

I make a lot of homemade bread! Before having kids I had never tried making a loaf of bread, much less baking a loaf or more a week. Now that I have two very active and growing boys we go through a lot of bread, so both to save money and for the taste (not to mention the health aspects), I bake all my own bread. I always thought that baking homemade bread would be very difficult. Don't get me wrong, I went through a number of bread recipes that didn't rise and I had to throw away or start over from scratch. After learning what recipes work and how to modify recipes to my needs I have found that making bread from scratch can be both relaxing and enjoyable. One of my favorite ingredients to add to bread are seeds. They are a great way to add protein and nutrients to bread and best of all they are great in toast. About a year ago I started using flaxseeds in my bread. Flaxseeds are full of essential fats and fiber and create a delicious nutty flavor to breads. The following is my recipe for Sunflower and Flaxseed and Bread.

  • 1 1/4 cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Canola Oil
  • 2 cups Bread Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/3 cup Flaxseed
  • 2 Tbsp. Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 tsp. Active Dry Yeast
Combine water, honey and canola oil. Stir yeast into flours and then add flour and remaining ingredients to water mixture. Either using a mixer with a dough hook or by hand knead the bread for 6-8 minutes. Grease a large bowl and add dough, turning to coat, cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled (approximately one hour). Punch dough down either roll out into a rectangle, roll up jelly roll style and pinch seems or form into a loaf and place into a greased loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until one inch above the top of the pan. Place dough into a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 35-40 minutes. Check after 25 minutes and if browning too quickly tent with foil. To ensure the bread is fully done temp to 200 degrees in the center. Let cool on a wire rack.

That's it! Flaxseeds are great in bread and everyone in my house loves this bread toasted. It's great with jam or melted butter.


Adapted from a recipe on the back of the Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed package. 

20 comments:

  1. Gosh I love bread. I've not made it in ages,but this recipe looks fairly straightforward (easy!) and flax seeds are so good for you. Thanks, Frugal! :)

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    1. I love bread also and the flaxseeds really are great for you! I promise the recipe is easy :)

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  2. This recipe looks delicious...! We love bread in our house and I'm always looking for great new recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. We love bread in our house too :) I hope you like the recipe if you try it!

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  3. I have been looking for ways to add more flax seeds to my diet but I never thought of bread. I am trying this! I am visiting from It's So Very Cheri Blog Hop. I am now following you on Linky Followers and would love a follow back.
    Evelyn
    http://myturn-evelyn.blogspot.com/

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    1. Adding flaxseed to bread is really easy and it tastes great toasted! Follower you back :)

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  4. I have been thinking about making my own bread. We use flax seeds a lot. I sneak them in where ever I can. From pasta sauces, to pancakes, to cream of wheat, to oatmeal. The kids most of the time don't seem to notice. I just always have been intimidated by making bread. But I will try and have to let you know how it turns out. Thanks
    Onika

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    1. I use them a lot also, I add the every morning to my steel cut oats! Baking bread is really easy, after you have done it a couple of times you will realize how easy it is, I promise :)

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  5. Sometimes just bread and butter can be the best food! I like the seeds added.

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    1. I agree, I love a great slice of bread and some butter :)

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  6. I have tried making bread and not always successfully, this recipe looks great and will give it a go. Not familiar with flax seeds and note sure if (possibly under a different name?) they are on sale in the UK. Will try to track them down. Hope you have a good week

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    1. The key with bread is to let it rise the right amount of time. And most important to find a great recipe :) I'm not sure if flaxseed goes by another name or not. That's a good question, I will have to look into it. Have a great week also!

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  7. oh..i can just smell it now!!! thanks!

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  8. Same story for me. I stated baking bread once I had kids. It is a lot cheaper and healthier. This recipe sounds wonderful!

    Sorry it took me so long to stop by. Thanks so much for linking up for Friday food Fight.

    Here's this week's link:

    http://deniseisrundmt.com/2012/04/13/potato-balls/

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    1. It is so much cheaper and healthier I agree! Thanks for the link :) Have a great weekend!

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  9. Yeah, another great way to get more flax in the meal plan. thanks.

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    1. I have been trying to add more flaxseeds to our meal plans. I made cookies the other day with flaxseed meal instead of eggs and they were delicious!

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  10. this looks soooooooooooooooooooooooooo good..

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