Broiled flaxseed bread: my favorite bread recipe!
Recipe type: bread
Serves: 6 loaves
I've thrown a lot of other ingredients into this bread, depending on my mood and what I might have on hand. Toasted walnuts are good, as are sunflower seeds--even raisins if you fancy them!
  • 3 T dry yeast
  • 3 T coarse salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 cup ground flaxseeds, plus a handful of whole ones for sprinkling
  • 3 c warm water
  • 7 cups unbleached flour
  • 7 cups (give or take) whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • cornmeal
  • 1 egg, separated
  1. I use my Bosch mixer to make this bread, but you can certainly do this by hand or even use another type of mixer. The Bosch cuts your kneading time down, though.
  2. Stir the yeast and the salt and the warm water all together in your mixer bowl.
  3. Add the ground flaxseeds, the unbleached flour, the oil, and the buttermilk. Separate the egg and throw the yolk in, and mix. (Save the white.)
  4. Turn the mixer on and add the whole wheat flour, one cup at a time, until the dough forms a ball and begins to clean the sides of the bowl. Set the timer for 5 minutes and let the mixer knead the dough. If you are mixing it by hand, dump it out and knead by hand for at least 5 minutes.
  5. Remove to a buttered bowl and turn to coat the surface with butter. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.
  6. Punch the dough down, and divide into 6 pieces. Form into balls and place on two greased (and cornmeal-sprinkled) cookie sheets. Whisk the egg white with 1 Tb. water. Make a few slashes in each one with a sharp knife, and then paint with the egg white/water wash. Sprinkle with coarse salt and whole flaxseeds.
  7. Let loaves rise until nearly double.
  8. Turn on the broiler in your oven and slide the bread in. (Watch carefully as it will burn quickly!) When browned (about 2-3 minutes), exchange the pans so the bottom pan browns, also.
  9. After broiling, turn the oven to Bake at 375, and set your timer for 30 minutes. Bread is done when it is golden brown and is quite firm on the underside.
  10. Cool on racks, and if you can hold back the hordes of suddenly-hungry family members, slice when cool. Eat with softened butter.
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