Stumped over flaxseed
My bread rises all gnarly-looking, and I'm stumped. Here are the ingredients, which I am careful to add in the correct order, at room temperature:
1/2 cup water; 3/4 cup evaporated milk; 2 tbsp. unsalted butter; 2 tbsp. honey; 1-1/2 tsps. salt; 1/3 cup oatmeal; 2 cups bread flour; 1 cup whole-wheat flour; 2-1/4 tsps. dry yeast; 1/2 cup flaxseed.
I have tried to solve the problem in all of the following ways:
Tried a different bread machine, plugged into a different electrical outlet;
Added flax at different times during the baking cycle--in initial mix, during first knead, during second knead, when machine beeps;
Tried fresh, organic flaxseed and boxed flaxseed;
Tried different brands of flour;
Tried fresher yeast from the organic grocery and packet yeast from the store;
Selected different bread settings on the breadmachine;
I'm convinced the problem is with the flaxseed, although my neighbor, an expert breadmaker, says this does not make sense.