whole grain flax bread

3 Oct

on the first nice fall weekend, when the weather finally cooled down enough to go outside and play, eli was sick. he had fever, chills, nausea, he slept the whole weekend away. waking up only to eat small bites of apple sauce, sip tea and take elderberry. the only actual food eli ate this weekend was a sandwich. i’ve been tweaking this bread recipe for months now and will probably keep tweaking it but the family loves it and so do i. it’s cheap to make and i always have the ingredients in my cupboard. this bread is best fresh, ok day old and we have decided that it doesn’t freeze very well, which is a shame.

whole grain flax bread

3 tbs flax meal
3/4 c. warm water
1/4 c. oil of choice, canola is what i use
2 tbs sugar
1 c. water
1 tsp salt
2 tsp guar gum
1/3 c. potato starch
2 2/3 c. whole grain gluten free flour, example 1 c. sorghum 1 c. brown rice, 2/3 c. gram (use different flour for different flavors)
1 c. tapioca starch
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
sesame and sunflower seeds, optional

line your bread pan with parchment paper, this ensures that your bread will in fact come out of the pan, set aside.
whish the flax and 3/4 c. water until frothy, set aside. in the bowl of a stand mixer add flours, sugar, guar gum, salt and yeast. whisk together. to the flour mixture add oil, mix. then add flax water mixture, mix. finally add apple cider vinegar to the 1 cup of water then add to the batter. beat at medium spead for 2 minutes or so. you will have a fluffy looking dough that resembles cake batter. transfer to bread pan and sprinkle with sesame and sunflower seeds if using. move to a warm spot and let rise for 30-45 minutes. the dough should just be reaching the top of the bread pan.
while batter is rising preheat the oven to 375.
bake for 1 hr or till golden brown and has a hollow thump to it.

i have found that the seeds on top of the bread wont stay on unless you give them some sort of wash, since the bread is egg free i decided that the wash should be too. here’s what i came up with and it works pretty well.

egg-less egg wash
1 tsp tapioca starch
1 tbs water

mix well and brush over top of loaf.

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