Prairie Flax Bread

1 1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Highwood Crossing Organic Canola Oil
1 1/2 cups Highwood Crossing Organic All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups Highwood Crossing Organic Whole Wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Highwood Crossing Organic Flax Seed (or 2-3 tablespoons ground flax)
3 tablespoons sesame, sunflower or poppy seeds
2 teaspoons instant yeast

Put ingredients in bread machine and turn to dough or whole-wheat cycle.

When cycle is complete tap out dough onto lightly floured area and let rest 5-10 minutes. Shape into a ball and place on parchment paper. Cover with large bowl or large plastic clear bag, and let rise for 1 hour. Dust lightly with flour, slash the top in an x, and bake at 400ºF for 25-35 minutes.

*If your bread machine manual has been printed in the US, you may find your results not as you had hoped. The reasoning is the differences in flour between the two countries. In Canada, our wheat is usually higher in protein, and thus higher in gluten. Canadian bread flour tends to be stronger and absorbs more water than its American counterpart. This explains why additional water must be added when using Canadian-made flour in an American bread recipe. We have also found that in order to have a satisfactory 100% whole wheat bread using the bread machine, we add lemon juice and an egg as you can see from the 100% Whole Wheat Bread recipe below. You can also bake the bread in the machine if you choose “Whole Wheat Cycle” instead of “Dough Cycle”. You may have to experiment a bit for best results.

Makes 1 loaf