Whole-Wheat Flax Bread
The bakers at King Arthur Flour came up with this super-high-fiber bread. Its nutty whole-grain taste and texture make particularly great sandwiches and toast.
- 1/3 cup whole flaxseeds, (see Tip)
- 1 3/4 cups lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 package active dry yeast, (2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 1 1/4 cups bread flour, (see Ingredient Note) or all-purpose flour, divided
- 1/2 cup pumpernickel or dark rye flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups whole-wheat flour, (see Note)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water for glaze
- Grind flaxseeds into a coarse meal in a spice mill (such as a clean coffee grinder) or dry blender. Set aside 2 teaspoons for topping.
- Stir lukewarm water and honey in a large bowl until the honey is dissolved. Sprinkle in yeast and let stand until it bubbles, about 5 minutes.
- Add 1 cup bread flour (or all-purpose flour), pumpernickel (or rye) flour, salt and the remaining ground flaxseeds. With a wooden spoon, stir vigorously in the same direction until the batter is smooth. Gradually stir in whole-wheat flour until it becomes too difficult to stir. (Alternatively, mix dough in a stand-up mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.)
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding only enough of the remaining bread flour (or all-purpose flour) to keep it from sticking, until smooth and elastic, 10 to 12 minutes. (The dough will be slightly sticky.)
- Place the dough in a large oiled bowl. Turn to coat and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Punch the dough down, flatten into a disk and tightly roll into a log. Place seam-side down in the prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray; let rise until the dough domes over the top of the pan, about 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly brush the loaf with the egg mixture and sprinkle with the reserved 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed.
- Bake the bread for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue baking until the bread pulls away from the sides of the pan, 20 to 25 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.
Tips & Notes
- Tip: Store flaxseed in the refrigerator or freezer. Flaxseed is available from King Arthur Flour or in health-food stores.
- Ingredient note: Milled from high-protein wheats, bread flour develops strong gluten when kneaded, resulting in well-risen loaves. It is generally recommended for bread machines and is valuable when making breads with a high percentage of whole-wheat flour.
- Note: White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour.
Per serving: 191 calories; 4 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 18 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 6 g fiber; 301 mg sodium; 198 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Folate (16% daily value).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat
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