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Flax Seed and Pepita Bread + a giveaway

I’ll be the first to admit that I need some practice with baking with yeast.

When Virtual Potluck teamed up with King Arthur Flour and Red Star Yeast, I was a bit nervous, but I’m convinced I can do anything I set my mind to. Well, almost anything. I still need some practice in this department. King Arthur Flour and Red Star Yeast sent us some really great stuff to play around with, including plenty of flour, flax seed, flax meal, yeast, great loaf pans, an awesome bread knife, one other “goodie” of our choice, as well as some other really great stuff. Have you ever tried a dough whisk? I’ll never use a spoon again!

I have a confession to make though. The dough whisk was not used for this bread. After a couple of failed attempts at bread and rolls, my hormones got the best of me and I ran (okay, walked…do you know how much energy it takes to run?) to the closet and grabbed the….bread machine.

gasp!

Baby steps, folks. I’ll get there eventually. My mom said, “So you made the dough in the bread maker and baked it in the oven?”

Nope!

Into the bread maker the individual ingredients went…and out came this bread. Looked and tasted great. I’m really not sure how this bread turned out so well. Just got lucky, I suppose. I will not give up, though. I will master baking with yeast. I WILL.

Thankfully, both Red Star Yeast and King Arthur Flour have some great online resources that I know I will be utilizing to help me master this skill. King Arthur Flour’s website has a baking hotline (don’t bother calling though…I’ll be tying up the line) and over 2,000 recipes to get you started! Red Star Yeast’s website has a yeast conversion chart, a baking steps guide (I need to study these steps!), and helpful videos. I’m convinced I can do this. Let’s learn together!

Also, make sure to check out all the other Virtual Potluck recipes in the round-up on Donna’s site. Remember, that also means multiple chances to enter this giveaway!

Flax Seed and Pepita Bread
adapted from allrecipes.com

1 1/3 cups of water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/3 cups white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

1. Put all ingredients (except pepitas) into the pan of your bread machine in the order recommended in the manual. Mine was given to my by a friend, so I do not have the manual. I did the water, butter, and honey in the bottom, followed by the dry ingredients and I put the yeast in very last.
2. Select basic white cycle and press start. When the beeper beeps during the knead cycle, add the pepitas.
3. Smell it and don’t stress about it, because it is going to turn out beautifully.
4. Tastes great toasted!

Note: If you don’t have a bread machine or care not to use it, the link under the recipe title (allrecipes.com) leads to the original recipe. In the comments section, there are lots of comments from people who did not use a bread machine, if you want some tips. The changes I made to the recipe include using white whole wheat flour instead of whole wheat bread flour, and substituting pepitas for sunflower seeds.

Verdict: Love this stuff! It tastes great toasted and also tasted so delicious fresh out of the bread maker.
Husband’s take: I told him it has flax seeds and pepitas in it and he looked at me and said, “Why did you have to tell me that?” However, he still tried it (shocking!) and when I asked him if he liked it, he said, “Yeah, I actually did! It was really filling.”
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: If you use a bread machine, it doesn’t get much easier.

Update: Giveaway has closed! Congrats to Karen Lynch! :)

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: One winner will receive a dough whisk, a coupon for a bag of King Arthur flour in the supermarket, flax seed and meal, and a bag of harvest grains from King Arthur Flour. But that isn’t all! You’ll also get some great stuff from Red Star Yeast: 3 strips of yeast, an amazing bread pan, a fun apron and a gorgeous bread knife (pictured above).

Note: I’m trying out Rafflecopter for the first time for a giveaway. I would love to know what you think. I’ve got a month full of great giveaways coming in July…so this is my test run and I’d love your feedback. I’m trying to make it easier for you to enter, since I know WordPress gets grumpy when you “submit comments too quickly.” 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway will close on the 10th of June (Sunday) at midnight EST and I’ll announce the randomly chosen winner Monday (6/11). Winner will have 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner. Products will be shipped by Red Star Yeast and King Arthur Flour.

Disclosure: Red Star Yeast and King Arthur Flour sent me free ingredients and baking tools to use to create a recipe. I was not monetarily compensated for a positive review or any of the good things I have said about them. Opinions are, as always, 100% my own. 


PS: If you want to know more about the harvest grains that are part of the giveaway, I made the bread pictured below with them (recipe on the back of the package of grains). Kneaded and baked in the oven…which is why it looks so funny. I have no skills. It tasted great though, and the harvest grains are really delicious.

   
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79 Responses to “Flax Seed and Pepita Bread + a giveaway”

  1. amy marantino — June 4, 2012 at 6:34 am

    vanilla and cinnamon pancakes

    • Rachel — June 4th, 2012 @ 6:47 am

      Oops! My fault, Amy! You must have been confused by how a pancake comment related to this post. Forgot to edit the rafflecopter. Still learning! Don’t worry though, this entry still counts :)

  2. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — June 4, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I love pretty much anything from King Arthur Flour :) What an awesome giveaway! And this bread? I want to steal a slice through the screen right now….

  3. Patricia — June 4, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Yummy~The bread looks amazing. King Arthur make great products. Thanks. I do like the Rafflecopter.

  4. Susan 30A EATS — June 4, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Wow, that looks delish! Always wanted a bread machine, but I would be the size of Texas! Great post and a great giveaway! Excited for you & family with the new one on the way!

  5. sandy — June 4, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Love King Arthur products and site. Utilize recipes all the time. Don’t feel guilty using a bread machine!
    Use mine all the time and my family loves it! I use to knead and proof and then cook in oven. Perfect bread everytime!!!

  6. diabeticFoodie — June 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Love pepitas! Great idea to use them in bread.

  7. Jessica L. — June 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

    This bread looks so good! I’m still figuring out how to work with yeast too, so I’d love some things to practice with :)

  8. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — June 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I definitely need more practice baking with yeast…this would be super helpful! :)

  9. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — June 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Flax seeds + pepitas + bread = deliciousness. Going to have to make this myself pretty soon!

  10. amanda @ fake ginger — June 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Oooh, I love a seedy bread! I think I would eat this entire loaf in one go. It looks awesome and you did a fantastic job!

  11. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

    This looks great! I have a bunch of pepitas and I will be baking them into the next batch of bread that I make, great idea.

  12. Lesa @Edesia's Notebook — June 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

    This bread looks so good, Rachel! I am in the same boat with you on the whole yeast bread thing, but I don’t have a bread machine, so we go without freshly baked bread around here. I need to get my butt in gear and start trying some!

  13. Linda S. — June 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I’ve used a bread machine to make just the dough (like for panettone) and baked it in the oven, and have also finished bread in the bread machine. Great that you highlighted both options for this recipe.

  14. Bridget — June 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Yum! Your bread looks delicious!

  15. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 4, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I love that you used your bread machine lol. I agree… baby steps. Whatever makes your life easier :)

  16. Amanda Thompson — June 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

    This looks so good ~ I love homemade bread!!

  17. Athena R — June 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Oh my…that bread looks delicious.

  18. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — June 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Rachel, bread, MMMMMMMMM. What is it about fresh bread anyway? The pepitas are a great idea!

  19. Felice — June 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I love KA and love baking bread. I need these ingredients soon.

  20. Cassie — June 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I have been seeing these dough whisks all over and I want one so bad. This bread looks amazing!

  21. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Fresh baked bread is the best, especially when it is loaded with yummy add-ins like flax and pepitas!

  22. Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Great Giveaway. I love King Arthur and the “submit comments too quickly” problem is 100% gone with Rafflecopter. Keeper!

  23. Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    this sounds so delicious! i love pepitas and i bet they’re amazing in the bread!

  24. Jeffrey — June 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I like the photos of your bread, it looks awesome. I like a stout wheaty bread that is full of little seeds and crunchies. Toast is one of my favorite snacks. I’ve recently started to make jelly from fruits in my garden and top the toast with it and some honey.

  25. Kelly — June 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    That bread looks delicious, just what I need to break away from my standard sandwich bread recipe.

  26. Rachael — June 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I love baking bread – I got into it through baking my own naan bread and really want to try some more!

  27. Tanya Phillips — June 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Your bread looks so yummy! I have been wanting to try adding seeds to breads. I love King Arthur! I just gifted myself with the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook, I LOVE it!

  28. Whitney — June 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    this bread sounds wonderful!

  29. melissa@IWasBornToCook — June 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    nothing better than fresh bread!

  30. Sarah — June 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Yum! I love my dough whisk too.

  31. Carmen — June 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Your bread looks delicious. I have confidence you can make bread without the machine. As my husband and I have stated, there is no bad bread (when we’ve had bread that hasn’t risen, looks funny, etc)

  32. keshakeke — June 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I LOVE bread! This bread looks amazing! I use KAF for making breads, to me it is the best!

  33. Christopher Sorel — June 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    oh that harvest bread is great

  34. Julie {BananasForBourbon} — June 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Personally Rafflecopter doesn’t load at work, so I can’t enter your giveaway – so thumbs down vote for me. :(

    • Rachel — June 4th, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

      Sorry to hear that Julie! Will you be able to enter when you get home? Otherwise, I can add in some entries on your behalf.

  35. Amanda H — June 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    This looks DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for the giveaway as well and good luck everyone!

  36. Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — June 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Love that you used flax and pumpkin seeds! Looks really hearty.

  37. Karen Lynch — June 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I would love this package. I have tried a little bread baking and would love to try some more with heartier grains.

  38. Cori — June 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    It looks like great sandwich-making bread!

  39. Melissa Caudle — June 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I may have to go get my bread machine and make the pepita and flax seed bread–it looks quite yummy! May have to start baking bread again! Even though it’s June it’s that kind of day here in California!

  40. Susan in the Boonies — June 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I’ve never used a bread machine before, but I sure would love to see what a dough whisk looks like.

  41. Tracey — June 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hey, gotta start somewhere, right? I love baking with yeast, though rarely bread and mostly decadent things that are really bad for me like cinnamon rolls :)

  42. Beth C. — June 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I love making bread, but I’ve never added in pepitas before! This looks yummy.

  43. Nikki — June 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I would really love to win!

  44. SandyN — June 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The bread looks delicious!! What a great giveaway, too!!

  45. Nancy — June 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Looks yummy! And I love how You are expanding “hubby’s” food choices. Can’t wait to see you!

  46. mary fanara coleman — June 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway.Thanks so much. I hope I win.

  47. Terri — June 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    The bread looks yummy!

  48. Jamie — June 5, 2012 at 7:38 am

    This bread looks great! I make bread every week, the same recipe each time and it is so fickle. Sometimes it turns out great, other times not so good.

  49. manda — June 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Love the giveaway!

  50. bluejeancowgirl — June 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Your bread looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it. :)

  51. Barb — June 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

    love the giveaway

  52. Crunchy Con Mommy — June 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Bread machines sound amazing! I usually use my kitchenaid mixer and let it do pretty much all the kneading, but I am a control freak, so I like doing the last bit of kneading myself to make sure the texture is right, and making sure it rises enough, which varies a lot depending on the temperature around here, and bakes long enough, which can vary too. Just not sure I could trust a bread machine, lol.

  53. Patricia Pinkston — June 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Yum! Your bread looks delicious! Great giveaway.

  54. Debby — June 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration to try my bread machine again!

  55. Valerie — June 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Num! This bread looks delicious!

  56. Carol — June 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I love flax seed and your bread looks delicious!

  57. Jane D. — June 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Wow! This bread looks delicious and your photos are beautiful! Thanks for the chances to win!

  58. Lee — June 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    This looks amazing! I love the idea of putting in pepitas.

  59. Terri Cole — June 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Your breads look really yummy! I too like Rafflecopter, it makes entering giveaways easy. I would love to win this package.

  60. Katie — June 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I love browsing though the King Arthur Catalog and their recipes are great.

  61. Amy — June 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    The bread looks great. There really is nothing better than warm bread straight from the oven with a thin layer of butter!

  62. Amanda Paige — June 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I have been wanting to try some new bread recipes!

  63. Amy Tong — June 6, 2012 at 1:57 am

    What a nice prize package. I’m going to put good use to these new tools…if I won. :)

    Nice that you start using Rafflecopter for giveaway entries. I love it and I think it’s much easier than the traditional way.

  64. Donna @ Cookistry — June 6, 2012 at 3:48 am

    That’s a nice looking loaf – and I love the addition of the pepitas! Love the photos with the butter, too.

  65. marydz — June 6, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Recipe and bread look so good. Love to bake and the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread is worth it all!!!

  66. Julie — June 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

    looks delicious thanks for the giveaway

  67. katherine d — June 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    i love King Arthur products – their bread flour is the only kind i’ll use

  68. MIssE — June 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Here’s my comment!

  69. Becca — June 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Gotta try this recipe tonight!

  70. Matt — June 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Looks great. I’ve never used flax seed but I’ve got some coming from KAF so I may try this recipe out!

  71. Agata — June 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I love to make bread!

  72. Kristin — June 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    This bread looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

  73. meredith — June 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    your bread looks so yummy – im drooling

  74. jessica w — June 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    i love rafflecopter giveaways, I feel it is faster and easier to enter. This bread recipe looks sooo good. I prefer to make doughs in the bread maker but bake them in a bread pan

  75. Denae — June 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    That bread looks amazing. Can’t wait yo try it!

  76. Lethea B — June 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Oh, this looks yummy!!! I’d love to get up the courage to bake more bread=)
    Thanks for a chance at such a great giveaway(now that’s incentive!)

  77. Kristy — June 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Omigosh that bread looks soooo yummy! Definitely putting this on my “to try” list.

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