Honey Wheat Flaxseed Bread

Honey Wheat Flaxseed Bread

Who is with me?  I am a huge bread lover, and could easily eat it with every meal.  Not surprising, my son could live off bread and olive oil.  His favorite bread is honey wheat, so I came up with this recipe a couple of years ago.  It is a wonderful everyday bread, and makes the house smell great.  I always feel like Fred Flintstone when the smells fills the air.  Do you remember that show?  Every time Wilma would cook, he would involuntarily follow the smell of food.  Anyway, I always think of that when there are yummy food smells in the air 😉  Seriously though, if you want a delicious bread, give this a try.

Golden Honey Wheat Flax Seed Bread

2 loaves of bread

Golden Honey Wheat Flax Seed Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 Tbsp ground golden flax seeds
  • 2 ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. active dry yeast (almost 2 packets)
  • 1 cup warm water (not hot)
  • 1 cup slightly warmed milk (2% milk fat or higher)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil and more for greasing pans (I use extra virgin)
  • 3 ½ Tbsp honey
  • Sift the all-purpose flour, and then add the ground flaxseed and salt and stir well with a whisk. In a separate bowl, sift the whole wheat flour. Set both flours aside.
  • Add the warm water to a warmed mixer bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. Let sit for 3-5 minutes to ensure it is dissolved. Add the milk, honey, and oil, followed by the flour (starting with the all-purpose and ending with the whole wheat). Using the dough hook, mix on low until the dough begins to come together (about 1.5 minutes). Turn off and let rest for about 10 minutes. On low, knead the bread for 3 to 4 minutes until it springs back when poked and passes the windowpane test. Check the dough along the way, and add moisture if needed during the kneading process. Whole wheat flour will soak up moisture.
  • Form a ball and place it in an oiled bowl and lightly oil the dough on top. Cover and let rise in a warm draft-free spot for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Very gently punch down the dough. Take out of the bowl and split into two. Place each into a greased 9 by 5 loaf pan. Form the dough to the pan, and ensure it fits well. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour in a warm draft-free spot or until the dough almost reaches the top of the pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees when the rising process is about 15 minutes away from being complete.
  • Slash the loaves on top several times with a sharp knife, and then place in the preheated oven. Let the bread bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, and then reduce the heat to 375 degrees, and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes. The bread should be golden brown and the internal temperature should reach 190 degrees (if measuring).
  • Remove from oven and place on cooling racks immediately. Brush the loaf tops with extra virgin olive oil for color. Let sit for 30 minutes at least before cutting (if you can). After one day, place in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
  • Notes

    #1 Make a large batch at once and freeze. Slice the bread and store in a freezer safe container. Take out one slice at a time, defrost and toast. It should keep for several months.

    #2 This bread is great with olive oil, spreads, nut butters (check out Zoale's nut butter recipes) or as sandwiches or paninis, or eaten plain.

    I am excited to bring my bread to Fiesta Friday #159!  The lovely co hosts this week are  Zeba @ Food For The Soul and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook

    48 Responses to“Honey Wheat Flaxseed Bread”

    1. 02/16/2017 at 8:49 am #

      Hi Antonia-nothing better than a slice of fresh baked warm bread! Oh Yum.

      • Zoale.com
        02/16/2017 at 9:28 am #

        Hi Cheryl 😀 Yes, I agree, there is nothing like bread right out of the oven! Have a fantastic day!

    2. 02/16/2017 at 11:39 am #

      I know what I’m doing this afternoon. This looks great, Antonia. My husbands going to be so happy when he gets home from work 🙂 Thanks for the tip on freezing too. I freeze store-bought bread and don’t know why I never considered freezing my own.

      • Zoale.com
        02/16/2017 at 12:10 pm #

        That’s great, I hope you enjoy it Diana! It is hard to resist when it comes out of the oven, I think he will be thrilled 😀 You’re welcome! Let me know if you have any questions and have a great rest of your day 😀

    3. 02/16/2017 at 11:51 am #

      How delicious Antonia! My mom would always make bread for us growing up and I remember the house filling with the smell of a fresh loaf baking in the oven… just divine! I’d take homemade bread over supermarket bread any day! Yours looks just scrumptious 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        02/16/2017 at 12:11 pm #

        Thank you Heather! It’s a great smell, isn’t it! Have a wonderful rest of your day 😀

    4. 02/16/2017 at 12:22 pm #

      Oh yummy. I love freshly baked bread 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        02/16/2017 at 2:12 pm #

        Thanks Lynne 😀 Me too, it’s the best!

    5. 02/16/2017 at 1:26 pm #

      When I was girl before my Mom went back to work she would bake bread weekly for the family. Oh how I loved baking day! The house smelled wonderful, and there was always a slice of fresh out of the oven bread slathered with fresh butter to be had. 🙂

      Your loaves look beautiful!

      • Zoale.com
        02/16/2017 at 2:15 pm #

        What wonderful memories Deborah! I bet is was delicious! Thank you 😀

    6. 02/16/2017 at 3:55 pm #

      Looks so delicious. My Grandma also added honey to her bakes – my grandpa was a beekeeper 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        02/17/2017 at 8:42 am #

        Thank you Inese! Wow, I bet her food was incredible with fresh honey. I wish I had the courage to be a beekeeper. Have a wonderful Friday!

        • 02/17/2017 at 10:08 am #

          Enjoy your weekend, and delicious food ! 🙂

        • Zoale.com
          02/17/2017 at 11:09 pm #

          Thank you Inese!

    7. 02/16/2017 at 4:34 pm #

      That looks yummy. I used to make home-made bread, which lasted a day. If that. Fresh hot bread with butter is amazing.

      • Zoale.com
        02/17/2017 at 8:43 am #

        Thanks Jacqui! Ha ha, I understand that! There really is nothing like it 😀 Have a fantastic day!

    8. 02/16/2017 at 11:53 pm #

      Even with all the health concerns bread stirs up, I believe that most of us can enjoy a beautiful recipe like this in small amounts to satisfy the taste buds without causing GI ramifications. Looks wonderful. Looking forward to test the scent in the house! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        02/17/2017 at 8:55 am #

        I agree, I believe that moderation is key. Thank you so much Dr. Jonathan! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do 😀

    9. 02/17/2017 at 2:55 am #

      Smell is one of the strongest association sensations. As you can see from the comments, just from mentioning the aroma of homemade bread, one can instantly recall loving memories… simple things, but precious, we tend to forget under every day’s pressure.

      I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that is more and more difficult to buy a decent loaf of bread ( let alone a great one). I don’t know whether they are saving on the quality of the ingredients or the flour isn’t as it used to be. Then, you visit a small village and you find a bakery with that divine smell, right from the entrance…
      Sorry, I got carried away; but for a bread lover it is a frustrating new reality.

      Well done madame 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        02/17/2017 at 11:04 pm #

        It really is amazing how closely food is tied to memories. I completely agree, the stores are filled with mediocre bread. It is hard to mass produce good bread. But, when you have a local bakery that makes it fresh daily…well, there is no comparing. I enjoy making my own, but I have so much to learn. Thank you so much Spira and have a wonderful weekend!

    10. 02/17/2017 at 3:40 am #

      Any kind of baking makes the house smell wonderful, but there’s something very special about bread. I can just imagine the glorious smells you describe – and what a great recipe! I’ve never used flax seeds in bread-making, so I’m keen to give it a go. Your tips on freezing are great, too. 😀

      • Zoale.com
        02/17/2017 at 11:07 pm #

        I agree, the smell of bread is so distinct and intoxicating. Thank you Millie! I like adding it for the extra nutrition and good fat. If you get a chance to make it, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Have a fantastic weekend 😀

    11. Anita Kushwaha
      02/17/2017 at 8:22 am #

      This looks lovely! I’m still so intimidated about baking bread. I have but only using a bread machine. I used to watch the Flintstones all the time! I can picture Fred inhaling deeply, haha, good memories! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        02/17/2017 at 11:00 pm #

        Thank you Anita! I shied away from it for many years too, it really can be intimidating. There are so many factors that can impact the outcome. I loved the Flintstones growing up. I played an episode for my kids recently. Unfortunately, they were not impressed. Have a wonderful weekend 😀

    12. 02/17/2017 at 8:46 am #

      You’re so right about the smell of baking bread Antonia (and that Fred Flinstone!). These are gorgeous loaves!! I’m sure my Larry would love them– and I could live on bread and butter!! Thanks for the recipe– complete easy instructions! take care…

      • Zoale.com
        02/17/2017 at 11:11 pm #

        Yes, the smell is amazing 😀 Thank you Rhonda and you’re welcome! Have a great weekend!

        • 02/18/2017 at 7:07 pm #

          Hi Antonia– I am having a great weekend– visiting my daughter in Wisconsin–so much fun eating and talking and shopping. Hope you are in the middle of a refreshing weekend too– any plans?? xox

        • Zoale.com
          02/19/2017 at 4:53 pm #

          It sounds like a wonderful time Rhonda! We have just been busy around the house and doing stuff with the little ones. It went by way too fast though 😉 Have a wonderful week!

        • 02/21/2017 at 7:57 am #

          Thanks Antonia– weekends do that– slip by too fast! take care… xo

        • Zoale.com
          02/22/2017 at 11:18 am #

          😀

    13. 02/17/2017 at 12:18 pm #

      I have to try this yumm

      • Zoale.com
        02/17/2017 at 11:13 pm #

        Thank you Lynn, I hope you enjoy it! Have a fabulous weekend!

    14. 02/17/2017 at 2:14 pm #

      Does anyone not like bread? I would eat it all the time too – it is one of the most rewarding things to bake.

      • Zoale.com
        02/17/2017 at 11:14 pm #

        You are right, it is amazing Judi 😀

    15. 02/18/2017 at 2:51 am #

      Bread is a staple here. Thanks for this recipe… 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        02/19/2017 at 4:44 pm #

        You’re welcome, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do Maniparna!

    16. 02/18/2017 at 9:56 am #

      I love bread, too. I could eat it everyday and you could do many things with bread. This looks amazingly delicious! Thanks for sharing at this week’s FF!

      • Zoale.com
        02/19/2017 at 4:49 pm #

        Me too, I love bread! Thank you so much Jhuls! Happy Fiesta Friday and have a wonderful week 😀

    17. 02/18/2017 at 4:34 pm #

      Looks like a perfect loaf of bread…thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

      • Zoale.com
        02/19/2017 at 4:52 pm #

        Thank you Zeba, you are so sweet! It has been nice 😀 I hope your weekend has been wonderful too, and have a great week!

    18. 02/18/2017 at 7:12 pm #

      Gorgeous!!

      • Zoale.com
        02/19/2017 at 4:53 pm #

        Thank you so much Mollie! Have fabulous week 😀

    19. 02/19/2017 at 8:26 pm #

      My bread-loving heart is doing flip flops just looking at those loves. We love honey-wheat and I’ll be giving your recipe a try.

      • Zoale.com
        02/19/2017 at 10:29 pm #

        Thank you Julie, you are too funny! That’s great, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do 😀 Have a great start to your week!

    20. 02/20/2017 at 12:49 am #

      Honey-wheat is one of my favorites too! I’ve never tried baking bread with flaxseed so I’ll have to give your recipe a try!

      • Zoale.com
        02/22/2017 at 11:18 am #

        It’s delicious, isn’t it? That’s great, I hope you love it as much as we do 😀 Have a wonderful day!

    21. Sandhya
      02/21/2017 at 9:02 am #

      Antonia,
      Perfect timing! We are just crazy about bread in my family too and I was looking for a good honey wheat bread recipe. Will definitely try this!

      • Zoale.com
        02/22/2017 at 11:20 am #

        Very cool Sandhya! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. I love yummy bread with a healthy spin! Have a fantastic day!

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