Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wheat Flax Sandwich Bread

One of my most recent appliance purchase has been a bread machine. I had been wanting to buy one for a while and a couple of months back I picked up the bread machine when it was on sale. Usually I read reviews and make sure of the features of the appliances I buy, this time I made an impulse purchase. So far I haven't had any reason to regret my impulse :) Keeping my fingers crossed that it will remain the same in the future too:)

Since I got the machine I have been making bread almost once every week. One of the downsides of the machine that I noticed was it leaves a hole at the bottom of the bread because of the kneading paddle. That hole bugs me quite a bit,  so I end up using the dough cycle, and bake the bread in a conventional oven. This way I do not have to contend with the hole and it saves me time and effort of kneading and proofing the yeast etc. A win win in my book :)

Since I got the machine, I have used it to make this wheat flax sandwich bread most frequently. Initially I played around with the proportions of different flours and even experimented with using bread flour. But this recipe has worked out the best for us in terms of taste and texture. We just love this bread, whether I use it in sandwiches similar to this one, or even just toasted with some mixed fruit jam, this bread tastes very good and has become our new favorite :-)

Wheat Flax Sandwich Bread

Here is the close up view of the bread....

Homemade Wheat Sandwich Bread

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Ingredients and Method to make Wheat Flax Sandwich bread
1 1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup all purpose flour (maida)
1/4 cup powdered flax (alsi/ ali virai)
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
2 cups whole wheat flour (atta/godumai maavu)
3 tbsp oat bran (see notes)
1 1/2 tbsp bread machine yeast (see notes)

a few drops of oil to grease loaf pan (optional)(see notes)

Place all the contents in the bread machine pan in the order specified in your owners manual. Mine states all the liquid ingredients first, then the dry ingredients and lastly the yeast. (If you do not want to use the bread machine see notes)
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Set the bread machine to the dough cycle. When done, remove fold down gently and place in the prepared loaf pan. Allow to rise until it doubles.

Preheat oven to 375 deg
Place the loaf pan in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 mins or until the bread turns a golden brown color and when you tap it, makes a little hollow sound.
Remove, cool, slice and serve :)

If you do not have oat bran it can be substituted with equal quantity of whole wheat flour
If you do not have a bread machine and want to make this bread by hand, then substitute bread machine yeast with equal quantity of active dry yeast and use this post for the steps of making bread.Just follow the steps from this post with the proportions given in this recipe and proceed.
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