Flax Seed and Pepita Bread

This flax seed and pepita bread is flavorful, crunchy, and easy to make!

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.


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?”


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.

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. 

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  1. vanilla and cinnamon pancakes

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

  4. 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. 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. Love pepitas! Great idea to use them in bread.

  7. 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. I definitely need more practice baking with yeast…this would be super helpful! 🙂

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

  10. 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. 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. 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. 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. Yum! Your bread looks delicious!

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

  16. This looks so good ~ I love homemade bread!!

  17. Oh my…that bread looks delicious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. 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. this bread sounds wonderful!

  29. nothing better than fresh bread!

  30. Yum! I love my dough whisk too.

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

  33. oh that harvest bread is great

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

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

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

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

  38. It looks like great sandwich-making bread!

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

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

  43. I would really love to win!

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

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

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

  47. The bread looks yummy!

  48. 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. Love the giveaway!

  50. Your bread looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

  51. love the giveaway

  52. 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. Yum! Your bread looks delicious! Great giveaway.

  54. Thanks for the inspiration to try my bread machine again!

  55. Num! This bread looks delicious!

  56. I love flax seed and your bread looks delicious!

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

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

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

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

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

  62. I have been wanting to try some new bread recipes!

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

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

  66. looks delicious thanks for the giveaway

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

  68. Here’s my comment!

  69. Gotta try this recipe tonight!

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

  71. I love to make bread!

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

  73. your bread looks so yummy – im drooling

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

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

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