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Flaxseed Bread (Leinsamenbrot)

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Flaxseed Bread (Leinsamenbrot)

Hamelman's Rye with Flax Seeds1

Hamelman's Rye with Flax Seeds1

Hamelman's Flaxseed Bread - crumb

Hamelman's Flaxseed Bread - crumb

Jeffrey Hamelman's Flaxseed Bread from "Bread" is a 60% sourdough rye. It is almost exactly the same formula as his 66% sourdough rye, with the addition of flaxseeds added to the dough as a soaker. This is a delicious bread, but the wonderful flavor really comes together the day after baking.  One day 2, it is mildly sour with a prominant, hearty rye flavor mixed with a very distinct flavor of flaxseed. The seseme seeds on top, which Hamelman says are traditional, add another nice flavor and a nice additional crunch.

I have made many rye breads before and love them, but this is my first attempt at one of Hamelman's German-style rye breads. I must give credit to Eric (ehanner), whose beautiful rye breads from Hamelman inspired me to take the plunge.

 David

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Paddyscake

those are begging for some cream cheese, lox, red onion and garden tomato or maybe liverwurst, garden tomato & lettuce..very nice, as always!!

Betty

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dmsnyder

Actually, I had some, sliced thin, with a little butter along with lox this morning. Cream cheese is on the shopping list.

My wife thought this bread would be perfect as a foundation for Danish open-faced sandwiches.


David

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Janedo

Nice looking bread, David. What color flax did you use? They look like the light colored ones. Hamelman gives such a nice assortment of ryes.

I have never questioned which rye to use, I always use whole, but then reading Mike's recipe on his site he talks about the different types and adapting recipes. So when you use Guisto's what is it exactly?

Jane 

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dmsnyder

Hi, Jane.

The falx seeds are yellowish. I've used the darker reddish colored ones too. I haven't noticed a difference in flavor. Have you?

Guisto's rye is finely milled whole rye. I think KAF "medium rye" used in this recipe is also whole rye, but a bit coarser.


David

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holds99

Lovely loaves; crumb and crust.  Your scoring is also very nice.  Lox, cream cheese, liverwurst, tomatoes, etc...they each sound like a perfect match, at least for my taste.

Howard

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dmsnyder

I picked up cream cheese this evening. Can't wait for breakfast.


David

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paddyboomsticks

Your slashing is so marvellous. I haven't tried this one out - when I made the 66% rye, I didn't get the rise that I was hoping for and the crumb, whilst acceptable, was a little more rubbery than I prefer (actually, for me, nothing beats your 'Russian Rye' yet!).

That said, I really want to give it another go, I adore linseeds. Interesting about the yellow seeds, here in Australia I have only ever seen them available as red, the only yellow is when you crack them. 

 

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dmsnyder

This rye has a nice crumb, to my taste. It is denser than a light rye, of course, but less dense than the Russian Rye (which is Rudy's, not mine). I'm just really starting to appreciate the tremendous variaty of rye breads.

This was a German-style rye, but the scoring is French-style.


David

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Mini Oven

I can see my sandwich.  Your bread as a BLT with mayo and sneaking in a slice of Holy cheese, yes, Emmentaller. Ahhh

Mini O

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dmsnyder

I never would have thought of using this for a BLT! I like the idea! Oooooh ... The thought of the Flaxseed flavor with smokey meat! Gotta try it.

Later for that. I have some Emmenthaler I'm going to have on it for my bedtime snack right now.


David

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weavershouse

I don't know how I missed this post David but your Flaxseed Bread is a beauty. It's late here and I'm reading about you and miniO talking rye, bacon, cheese. I better go to bed before I start searching the freezer for some hidden rye loaf.
Great job as usual David.                                            weavershouse

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dmsnyder

I apologize if my bread keeps you up.

I had some for breakfast with cream cheese and Nova lox. Very good. For dessert, I had another slice with almond butter and apricot jam. If possible, even better. The nut and seed flavors really compliment eachother.

Darn! Now I made myself hungry. I better go make some fresh almond butter for my bedtime snack!


David

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weavershouse

I'd love to make my own. May I have your recipe?                                                           weavershouse

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dmsnyder

Hi, weavershouse.

Actually, I did make some last night and timed things because some one else was having a problem making it. So ...

1 to 1-1/4 cups of dry roasted almonds. Pour into Cuisinart bowl with the steel blade. Process for 1 min., 30 sec. Spread on bread, apply honey, jam, marmelade, whatever. Eat.

90 seconds yields very crunchy, barely spreadable butter. Process longer if you want smoother butter.

Enjoy!


David

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Kuret

I whould really like to see the formula/technique for making this kind of rye. I have been yearning to make a rye with that crumb structure for soo long!

Im considering buying "Bread" so I will get the formula anyhow but, any chance you are sharing?

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Flaxseed Bread (Leinsamenbrot) from "Bread," by Jeffery Hamelman

 

Overall Formula

Medium rye flour..................1 lb., 3.2 oz.......................66%

High-Gluten flour..................12.8 oz..............................40%

Flaxseeds...............................3.2 oz................................10%

Water.......................................1 lb., 8 oz..........................75%

Salt.......................................... 0.6 oz................................1.8 %

Instant yeast............................0.16 oz (1 tsp) ................1.5 %

 

Sourdough

Medium rye flour..................1 lb., 3.2 oz.......................100%

Water.......................................10.2 oz..............................80%

Mature sourdough.................0.6 oz (2 tsp)...................5%

 

Soaker

Flaxseeds...............................3.2 oz................................100%

Water.......................................9.6 oz.................................300%

 

Final Dough

Medium rye flour..................6.4 oz

High-Gluten flour.................12.8 oz

Water......................................4.2 oz

Salt..........................................0.6 oz

Instant yeast...........................0.16 oz (1 tsp)

Soaker....................................12.8 oz (all of it)

Sourdough.............................1 lb., 7 oz.  (all of it minus 2 T)

 

 

1. Mix the sourdough and ferment at 70F for 14-16 hours.

2. At the same time as preparing the sourdough, pour cold water over the flaxseeds. Cover tightly.

3. Mix the sourdough and soaker with all the other ingredients. Mix/knead to medium gluten development. DDT=80F

4. Bulk ferment 30-45 minutes.

5. Divide dough into 2 pieces. Shape round or oblong. (Optional: Sprinkle with sesame seeds.)

6. Proof for 50-60 minutes at 80F.

7. Bake with steam, 460F for 15 minutes, then lower oven temp. to 440F and bake 30-35 minutes.

 

Cool completely (at least "several hours") before slicing.

 

Enjoy!

 

David