Multigrain Loaf with Flaxseeds

4
4
4
Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
47 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
37 min
Serves
12
Difficulty
Moderate
The back-to-the-land movement of the late sixties and seventies got us all baking our own bread — the more grains, the better.

Ingredients

water

1¼ cup(s), hot (120ºF–130ºF)

flaxseeds

4 Tbsp, Divided

honey

2 Tbsp

spelt flour

1 cup(s)

whole wheat flour

1 cup(s)

all-purpose flour

1 cup(s), unbleached

yeast

¼ oz, envelope, quick-rise variety

table salt

1 tsp

uncooked unenriched white cornmeal

½ Tbsp

egg(s)

1 large, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Stir together the water, 2 Tbsp flaxseeds and honey in a measuring cup.
  2. Combine the spelt flour, whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour; yeast, and salt in a food processor. With the machine running, pour the water-honey mixture through the feed tube; pulse until the dough forms a smooth ball, about 1 minute.
  3. Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray; put the dough in the bowl. Cover lightly with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 30–40 minutes.
  4. Punch down the dough. Kneading lightly, form the dough into a loaf. Spray a 5 x 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray; sprinkle the bottom and sides with the cornmeal. Place dough in the pan; Cover and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Gently brush the top of the loaf with the egg; sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons flaxseeds. Bake the bread until deep golden, 18–20 minutes. Cover the top loosely with a sheet of foil; bake 15–17 minutes more, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 210ºF. Loosen the sides of the bread with a knife, and unmold the bread onto a rack to cool. Yields 3⁄4-inch slice per serving.

Notes

Here’s a modern take on the concept, with food-processor speed and some newly trendy ingredients: flaxseed, a powerhouse of fiber and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids; and spelt, a nutty-tasting cousin of wheat that’s high in protein. Both can be found in health-food stores.

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