Flax Seed and Pepita Bread + a giveaway

by Rachel Gurk on June 4, 2012 · 79 comments

in Yeast Breads

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.

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.

{ 79 comments… read them below or add one }

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

vanilla and cinnamon pancakes


2 Rachel June 4, 2012 at 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 :)


3 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….


4 Patricia June 4, 2012 at 7:26 am

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


5 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!


6 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!!!


7 diabeticFoodie June 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

Love pepitas! Great idea to use them in bread.


8 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 :)


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

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


10 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!


11 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!


12 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.


13 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!


14 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.


15 Bridget June 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

Yum! Your bread looks delicious!


16 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 :)


17 Amanda Thompson June 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

This looks so good ~ I love homemade bread!!


18 Athena R June 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

Oh my…that bread looks delicious.


19 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!


20 Felice June 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

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


21 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!


22 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!


23 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!


24 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!


25 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.


26 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.


27 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!


28 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!


29 Whitney June 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

this bread sounds wonderful!


30 melissa@IWasBornToCook June 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

nothing better than fresh bread!


31 Sarah June 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Yum! I love my dough whisk too.


32 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)


33 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!


34 Christopher Sorel June 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm

oh that harvest bread is great


35 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. :(


36 Rachel June 4, 2012 at 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.


37 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!


38 Ryan @ Spicy Richmond June 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

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


39 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.


40 Cori June 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

It looks like great sandwich-making bread!


41 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!


42 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.


43 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 :)


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

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


45 Nikki June 4, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I would really love to win!


46 SandyN June 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm

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


47 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!


48 mary fanara coleman June 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

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


49 Terri June 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

The bread looks yummy!


50 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.


51 manda June 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

Love the giveaway!


52 bluejeancowgirl June 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

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


53 Barb June 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

love the giveaway


54 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.


55 Patricia Pinkston June 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

Yum! Your bread looks delicious! Great giveaway.


56 Debby June 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Thanks for the inspiration to try my bread machine again!


57 Valerie June 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Num! This bread looks delicious!


58 Carol June 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I love flax seed and your bread looks delicious!


59 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!


60 Lee June 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm

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


61 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.


62 Katie June 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

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


63 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!


64 Amanda Paige June 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I have been wanting to try some new bread recipes!


65 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.


66 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.


67 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!!!


68 Julie June 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

looks delicious thanks for the giveaway


69 katherine d June 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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


70 MIssE June 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Here’s my comment!


71 Becca June 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

Gotta try this recipe tonight!


72 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!


73 Agata June 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I love to make bread!


74 Kristin June 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

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


75 meredith June 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

your bread looks so yummy – im drooling


76 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


77 Denae June 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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


78 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!)


79 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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