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!
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.” 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.