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Max's Flax Seed Artisan Bread




Most healthy breads taste awful.  Many of them are too dry, tasteless, or have a bad taste resulting from substituted ingredients.  This bread tastes good and is good for you.  It contains all natural ingredients including flax meal, a cholesterol reducing ingredient.  This bread makes excellent sandwiches and toasts well.  It is not too dry or too oily.  It stores well in a refrigerator for up to a week.

This recipe is designed for the Zojirushi Bread Baker, which bakes 2lb breads.  This recipe can also be made with a Kitchen Aid (buy the largest model-shown right-if you plan to knead bread with your mixer) or similar heavy duty counter top mixer and will make a single standard loaf.  If you have tasted breads from inferior vertical bread machines that make one pound loaves, this bread will be a pleasant surprise.  The bread looks like a normal home baked bread.  The crust and bread texture are near perfect.


Like most bread recipes, it is easy to substitute ingredients and still bake an excellent bread.  However, using a bread machine, like the Zojirushi, requires that you measure your ingredients carefully.  It is less important whether you use skim or 2% milk than it is that you use exactly 1.25 cups.  Follow the instructions for proportions carefully.  

Taste the honey before using it in this recipe.  If the honey is sharp tasting or has become solid, it may add an unpleasant taste to the bread.  
Use good quality finely ground whole wheat flour.  Many store brand whole wheat flours have an unpleasant taste.  I obtain my wheat flour and flax seed meal from Tadco, which sells bulk foods.  Beware of health food store flours.  Because health food stores are unlikely to use insecticides around their premises check their flour carefully for beetle larvae.  My personal experience is that I have seen too many insects in health food store bulk food areas.  Flax seed meal has a finite life span.  Do not buy it and store it for long periods.

The yeast that I use is either Red Star or  Fleischmann's Active Dry Yeast.  


I use General Mills "Better for Bread" flour for nearly all of my baking needs.  It is a good high quality flour.

Layer the following ingredients in the Zojirushi bread machine in the order given.

For a 2 pound loaf.

1 1/4     cups skim milk
1/3        cup warm water
4           tablespoons honey
2           tablespoons canola oil
1           cup fine ground whole wheat flour
1           cup flax seed meal
2           cups bread flour (Do not use cake or all purpose flour)
1           tablespoon wheat gluten (optional)
1           teaspoon  salt
1           teaspoon active dry yeast
(see advertisement above right)

Spray the bread machine container with an unflavored cooking oil spray like Pam.

Use the wheat bread and normal crust setting.

There is now a Zojirushi Bread discussion at Yahoo groups

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