Monday, September 7, 2009

Whole Wheat - Flax Bread (Using A Bread Maker)

My Mother-in-law gave me an awesome bread maker a couple of years ago for Christmas. I've attempted making bread a handful of times with the machine, but the result was always dry. I finally pin pointed some of my problems and I hope you can learn from my mistakes.

~Using ONLY whole wheat flour rather than a combination of flours
~Using fast action yeast. I know this stuff must work, but I always had problems with my bread not rising. 
~Not using molasses. The inclusion of this ingredient turned the bread from bland to yummy. 
~Trying to use whole flax seeds rather than flax meal. Besides appearance, there's no reason to use whole flax seeds since your body digests ground flax better. 
~I never added vital wheat gluten. When added, the bread has a spongier, soft consistency. 

After searching the internet for tips people had regarding vegan bread making using bread makers, I settled on the ingredients below and was thrilled with the results. 


In your bread maker add the following ingredients in this order: 
~11 ounces water (room temperature)
~1 1/2 tsp sea salt
~1 1/2 tbsp (no sugar added) apple sauce
~2 tbsp molasses (spray your measuring spoon with oil first and the molasses rolls right out of the spoon)
~2 cups wheat flour for bread making
~1 cup whole wheat flour for bread making
~1/2 cup wheat bran
~1 tsp vital wheat gluten
~1/4 cup ground flax
Make a well in the middle and add:
~2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

Set bread maker for the following:
~2 pound loaf
~Whole wheat setting
~Medium darkness

Once bread is done, remove from bread maker and cool on rack. This bread tasted really good warm. 


Deborah said...

Thanks for this recipe! It's not easy to find a vegan whole-wheat one for a breadmaker that rises properly. But you did it - mine came out great and I'm making it again today!

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