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Sunflower Flax Bread

Looking for something different for your morning toast? Try this crunchy, nutty loaf.

By Donna Washburn and Heather Butt

Makes 15 slices (1 per serving)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sorghum flour – 175 mL
  • 2/3 cup amaranth flour – 150 mL
  • 1/3 cup flax flour – 75 mL
  • 2/3 cup potato starch – 150 mL
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch – 75 mL
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar – 60 mL
  • 2-1/2 tsp xanthan gum – 12 mL
  • 2 tsp bread machine or instant yeast – 10 mL
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt 7 mL
  • 1/2 cup cracked flaxseed – 125 mL
  • 1/2 cup unsalted raw sunflower seeds – 125 mL
  • 1-1/4 cups water – 300 mL
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil – 45 mL
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar – 10 mL
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten

Method

  1. In a large bowl or plastic bag, combine sorghum flour, amaranth flour, flax flour, potato starch, cornstarch, sugar, xanthan gum, yeast, salt, flaxseed and sunflower seeds; mix well and set aside.
  2. Pour water, oil and vinegar into the bread machine baking pan. Add eggs and egg whites.
  3. Select the Dough Cycle. As the bread machine is mixing, gradually add the dry ingredients, scraping bottom and sides of pan with a rubber spatula. Try to incorporate all the dry ingredients within 1 to 2 minutes. When the mixing and kneading are complete, remove the kneading blade, leaving the bread pan in the bread machine. Quickly smooth the top of the loaf. Allow the cycle to finish. Turn off the bread machine.
  4. Select the Bake Cycle. Set time to 60 minutes and temperature to 350°F (180°C). Allow the cycle to finish. Do not turn machine off before taking the internal temperature of the loaf with an instant-read thermometer. It should be 200°F (100°C). If it’s between 180°F (85°C) and 200°F (100°C), leave machine on the Keep Warm Cycle until baked. If it’s below 180°F (85°C), turn on the Bake Cycle and check the internal temperature every 10 minutes. (Some bread machines are automatically set for 60 minutes; others need to be set by 10-minute intervals.)
  5. Once the loaf has reached 200°F (100°C), remove it from the pan immediately and let cool completely on a rack.

Tip: we tried this bread with sprouted flax powder, flax meal, ground flaxseed and flax flour. All yielded acceptable loaves.

Variation: Substitute raw hemp powder for the flax flour and Hemp Hearts for the flaxseed.

Gluten-Free Cycle

If your bread machine has a Gluten-Free Cycle, you will need to make these adjustments:

  1. Warm the water to between 110°F and 115°F (43°C and 46°C).
  2. Warm the eggs and egg whites (see the Technique Glossary).
  3. Follow the recipe instructions, but select the Gluten-Free Cycle rather than the Dough Cycle and Bake Cycle.
  4. At the end of the Gluten-Free Cycle, take the temperature of the loaf using an instant-read thermometer. It is baked at 200°F (100°C). If it’s between 180°F (85°C) and 200°F (100°C), leave machine on the Keep Warm Cycle until baked. If it’s below 180°F (85°C), turn on the Bake Cycle and check the internal temperature every 10 minutes. (Some bread machines are automatically set for 60 minutes; others need to be set by 10-minute intervals.)

Excerpted from 125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt.

Like this recipe? See the Ancient Grains Bread recipe.

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