I LOVE this bread! It’s just so soft and tastes like a really expensive bakery bought bread, plus it’s pretty healthy as far as breads go. Oh, and if you were expecting a long drawn out how to make bread recipe, I am sorry to disappoint you! When I make bread I cba to deal with all that kneading so I just toss all the ingredients into the pan of my bread maker and let it do all the work. However, I don’t care for the shape of the bread or how hard the crust is if I let the bread maker actually cook the bread, so I do the second proving and baking myself… hey, it still counts as homemade!
- 1 1/3c/335g warm water (100f/37c)
- 2 TBSP/25g canola
- 3 TBSP/60g honey
- 2 scant tsp/8g kosher salt
- 1 1/2c/225g unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/3c/170 whole wheat flour
- 1/2c/55g ground flax seed
- 2 tsp/7g instant yeast
- 1 TBSP/14g butter or margarine (optional)
- Place all ingredients into your bread maker in the order suggested by the manufacturer.
- Set it on the dough cycle and let it do its thing.
- When the dough cycle ends, dump the dough out directly into a loaf pan (I use a 9x4x4″),
- Flatten the dough gently so that it is one even layer. The dough will be soft, sticky and spongy so use a little oil on your hand if you find it sticks.
- Place the loaf pan inside a large plastic bag and blow air into the bag so the dough won’t touch it when it rises.
- Place the bag covered dough onto a large plate or cutting board.
- Place the covered loaf in a warm draft free place for 30 to 40 minutes, or until it is about an inch above the top of the loaf pan (I use my water heater closet but a warm kitchen will do).
- About 20 minutes into the loaf rising, preheat the oven to 350f/180c.
- When the loaf has risen, bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the pan immediately and place on a wire cooling rack, rub the top and sides lightly with the butter or margarine if you want a soft crust.
- Leave to cool to room temperature before slicing.
Makes 1 Loaf – 12 to 14 Slices
- The loaf above and the loaf below are not the same loaf. The above loaf had cooled and I sliced it, the crust was dull looking but lovely and soft. The loaf below is fresh from the oven and I had just rubbed it with butter so it’s nice and shiny.