The bread machine looked innocent enough at my nephew’s house. Most bread machines are not picky, right? Who ever heard of a picky bread machine? I have now discovered one… It was out to get me from the start. I’m always a bit uncomfortable when I make things in someone else’s kitchen. Maybe the machine sensed that and decided to take a bite?
I decided what I wanted to make from the ingredients readily available in the kitchen. There were two kinds of flour in one container that looked like all-purpose and whole wheat. I found a jar that said quinoa on the lid and a jar full of what looked like flax seeds. There was yeast in the refrigerator and a squeeze bottle of honey on the stove.
I put the ingredients together, then turned the machine on. The light came on and I adjusted the settings. The timer started at five hours. Five. Hours. What? I’ve never heard of a bread machine taking five hours! But I thought I would wait for awhile and see. Maybe it needed to get to a certain temperature to start? After an hour of nothing except the timer going down I was really confused. It didn’t knead the bread, it didn’t get warm, nothing at all happened.
So I called my niece and asked. She said the machine was kind of picky, she has to follow the recipe exactly, and that it takes a long time to make bread in it. Seems how I didn’t have “the” recipe and all the ingredients were already in the machine, I tried readjusting the settings. This time it came up at four hours. Again nothing happened for awhile. But I decided to walk away and let it do it’s thing.
I think I might fondly call it my Frankenstein bread. It’s has lots of holes and gouges and is totally misshapen. I don’t think it rose much, if at all. All it’s missing are the nuts and bolts. 🙂
Despite how it looks, it tastes pretty good. It’s very dense. It’s a bit dry, but toasted and buttered, it would be quite tasty. Here is the recipe:
Quinoa, Flax Seed Bread
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1/4 cup flax seed
- 3-1/4 cups mixture of all purpose unbleached flour and whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons dry active yeast
- Place all ingredients into pan of bread machine in order listed. Make a well to put the yeast into so it doesn’t touch the liquid.
- Bake on basic setting . Cool at least 15 minutes on wire racks before slicing.
I would make this again… with my own (or simply another normal) bread machine! 🙂 I prefer my loaves to not have gouges and bites out of them when they come out of the machine.