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Lindash4

"hello" from sw VA

Hello, My name is Linda. My family and I are in sw VA. I'm glad I found this site. I am looking forward to learning more about baking breads better. I was searching on how to use ground flaxseed in breadmaking and I hope to learn more while I'm here.


Mom kept wheat bread made constantly when we were growing up. I had sandwiches made from mom's wheat bread in my lunchbox when going to school as a young child. I felt out of place when all the kids had white wonder bread sandwiches. Later, I learned to appreciate the health benefits of mom's wheat bread.

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Faith in Virginia

Hello Linda,


I am also SW Virginia I wonder how close you are. I'm not to far away from Christiansburg how about you?


You can learn much here.  Happy baking


Faith

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Lindash4

I AM in Christiansburg. We probably know each other, lol. How long have you been on this site? I'm looking forward to baking beautiful bread.


 


Linda S

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Faith in Virginia

How Cool Linda,  When you come to the Friday night jamboree just south of you let me know.


I've been here a while.  I like to do sourdoughs and I'm almost done with my wood fired oven so bread is on the horizon.


What are your interests in bread?

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EG

And I'm in Blacksburg - how fun!  I also just found this site this week.

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Faith in Virginia

Wow another from swva. Hello EG


We should all get together and do coffee or something.

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Lindash4

coffee sounds wonderful!

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Faith in Virginia

Linda I sent you a message. It took me a week to notice someone sent me a message. So I make an open post if I want someone to notice a message.

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Lindash4

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Nickisafoodie

I often add ground flax to my breads: a tablespoon or two per loaf. I use a spice grinder to make a powder out of them, more child friendly than whole seeds.


When I do use whole seeds (all seed types) I add them to the soaker so they can absord moisture for the few hours before the final dough is made - softer seeds and easy to chew compared to adding them at the very end when kneading...  Welcome.

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Lindash4

yes. I grind the flaxseed in the coffee grinder. 2-3 TBSP. I am new to the breadmaking terms. What is the soaker? Also, I'm finding the bread rises very slowly. I'm wondering if this is because of the flax added. Thanks for the greeting.

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Faith in Virginia

soaker, that is for things like seeds or rough cut grains the would be hard  after baking if put straight into the bread so the soaker is just as it sounds, soak the seeds or grains to soften them then put in your dough.


There are many factors for slow rising breads, temperature, age of yeast, amount of salt are just a few.


Harvest Moon has a nice selection of Bob's flours and grains. They also have flaxseed meal which is quite nice to use.

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SunMornRolls

Hello everyone, I'm from the historic town of Portsmouth, Virginia and I love to bake bread.