Monday, February 11, 2013

Easy Flax Bread

This bread recipe is quick and easy. The most work is kneading the bread, which I found relaxing and easy, since the dough is soft and smooth. The result is a tasty, healthy bread with a nice crisp crust. It slices well and works well for sandwiches.

Easy Flax Bread
1 3/4 cups warm water
2 Tablespoons granulated (white) sugar, divided
1 package instant yeast
1 Tablespoon oil
1 cup ground flaxseeds
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups whole wheat flour, divided

In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the water. Sprinkle the yeast over top, let stand for about ten minutes, until frothy. Stir to dissolve yeast, then stir in oil. Stir in flax, salt, and half of the flour. Gradually stir in the remaining flour, forming a soft dough. Knead for at least ten minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. The dough will be slightly sticky and moist, but it should not completely stick to your hands. Resist the urge to add extra flour, unless absolutely necessary. 
Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in bulk. Depending on the temperature, this could take anywhere from one to two hours. Don't judge by time, judge by bulk.
Punch dough down and place in a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan. Let rise again until doubled in bulk.
Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes.

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