Easy Homemade Flax Bread
There is nothing better than the smell of bread baking in the oven! This is an easy recipe for even novice bakers. I'm not the most experienced baker, but this was easy for me.
One thing I like is that the dough only has to rise once, which saves so much time. (Usually, you have to let bread dough rise twice.) Its well worth the effort when you pull that loaf of hot bread out of the oven and have a slice while its still warm. I love to top my slice with honey. It's so good!
I started making this bread because it included flax as an ingredient. I found the recipe a few years ago on a website (I don't remember where) that had recipes with ingredients to lower cholesterol. At the time my husband was having a problem with his numbers. I started making it then, and have been making it since.
I have included step-by-step directions with photos, plus a few tips from my experiences making this recipe.
Flax Bread is Healthy for You and Taste so Good!
Flax has omega-3 which helps lower cholesterol, plus fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Easy Flax Bread Recipe
This easy recipe makes one loaf of bread and yields 12 slices. It is a dense bread, yet still soft inside, and very filling. Best of all, it is wonderfully delicious, so much better than anything you can buy in the store.
I've included step-by-step instructions with photos and tips below the recipe.
- Prep time: 30 min
- Cook time: 2 hours
- Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
- Yields: 1 loaf: 12 slices
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 T + 1-1/4 cups warm water
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flaxseed meal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup (plus 3/4 cup for kneading) bread flour
- Gather all of your ingredients together.
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 2 tablespoons of very warm water. Set aside until bubbly, about 5 -10 minutes.
- Mix in the honey, oil, salt and the remaining 1 1/4 cups warm water. Add the flaxseed meal, whole-wheat flour and 1 cup of the bread flour. Mix well until a sticky dough forms.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. While kneading, add enough of the remaining bread flour to make a soft dough that is easy to knead.
- Shape the dough into a loaf and place into a 9 x 5 loaf pan that has been greased with non-stick vegetable spray. Loosely cover with plastic wrap that you have also sprayed with non-stick spray. Also, cover with a light weight dish towel.
- Let dough rise in a warm place for about one hour or until double in size
- Place in 350 degree oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until brown on top and loaf sounds hollow when you tap it.
Per slice: 168 calories, 4g. fat (22% of calories), 4.9g. protein, 29g. carbohydrates, 0 cholesterol, 91mg. sodium.
It's much easier to buy your flax seeds already milled (flaxseed meal). You can use this for making bread and in other recipes. You can also substitute it for oil or egg in some recipes. I like to sprinkle it on my cereal. It is an excellent source of fiber, protein, minerals, and high in Omega 3 for your heart.
Step by Step Directions
Step 1: Assemble Your Ingredients
You'll need flaxseed meal (milled flax seed), wheat flour, bread flour, canola oil, dry yeast, honey, salt, and warm water.
Tip: It's easier to gather all of your ingredients together before you get started with your recipe.
Step 2: Dissolve the Yeast
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside until bubbly, about 5-10 minutes.
Tip: You need to set the bowl in a warm place. I usually put it on the back burner of my stove with the oven on a low temperature. The heat from the oven comes up through the burner and warms the bowl. I also turn the stove light on for more warmth. (I use this same location when letting the dough rise.)
Step 3: Mix in Ingredients
Mix in honey, oil, salt, and warm water. Add flaxseed meal, whole-wheat flour, 1 cup of the bread flour, and mix to make a sticky dough.
Tip: The dough will be very sticky at this point, but don't worry, this is how it's supposed to be. I have found if you start out with a sticky dough, it will make the bread softer after it's baked. You will continue to add bread flour when you are kneading it to make it firm.
Step 4: Knead the Dough
Turn the dough out onto floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, adding in more bread flour until dough is smooth and elastic.
Tip: I prefer to start with a sticky dough, so I put some bread flour down on the counter (or, you could use a bread board) and then plop the sticky dough onto it. Then I add more flour on top of the dough. Then I start kneading. I continue adding more flour until the dough is no longer sticky and becomes smooth.
Step 5: Shape into Loaf, Place in Pan, Cover
Shape the dough into a loaf. Grease your pan with non-stick spray and place the dough in the pan and cover lightly.
Tip: Lightly spray plastic wrap with non-stick spray and loosely cover the pan. Then also cover the pan with a dish towel or other light weight cloth. The greased plastic wrap keeps the towel from sticking to the dough.
Step 6: Wait for Dough to Rise
Let bread dough rise in a warm place until it is double in size. The dough should be ready to bake in about one hour.
Tip: As mentioned above, I usually set the bowl on the back burner of my stove with the oven on a low temperature. The heat from the oven comes up through the burner and warms the bowl. I also turn the stove light on for more warmth. It will take about one hour.
While Bread Dough is Rising
This is a good time to start a pot of soup or beans and let them simmer. It will add warmth and moisture to the air. And, they will taste great with the flax bread!
Step 7: Bake and Cool
Bake at 350 F for 40 to 50 minutes. When the loaf is browned on top and sounds hollow when tapped, it is ready. Remove from pan immediately and cool on a wire rack.
Have a Slice While It's Warm!
It is especially good with honey!
Bread Recipe Cookbook
If you love to bake bread, this cookbook has amazing recipes that your family will love. It includes loaf breads, biscuits, rolls, pizza dough, and every kind of bread you can think of.
Flaxseed Meal is a Healthy Choice
Flaxseed is very high in omega-3 essential fatty acids.
These "good" fats are thought to lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, lower the risk of many different cancers, and reduce the inflammation of arthritis. Not only that, the fiber in the flaxseed is both soluble and insoluble. It seems there isn't much that flaxseed isn't good for! Include some in your diet every day for a healthier you.
You can purchase flaxseeds and mill them yourself or buy already milled flaxseed, which is a lot more convenient. Milled flaxseed has a nutty flavor and can be added to your morning cereal or used in many different recipes. One of my favorite ways to eat my flaxseed is in this wonderful bread.
Substitute Flax For Oil or Egg
3 T of flax meal = 1 T oil
1 T flax meal plus 3 T water = 1 egg
You may need to experiment a little for the best results.
To summarize, I've presented you with the recipe for Easy Flax Bread plus step by step directions and my personal photos and tips for making this recipe. Flax bread is easy to make, good for you, and taste wonderful. I hope you'll try it.
© 2009 Faye Rutledge