Linseed Bread

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This linseed bread is super easy to make and a great alternative to shop bought gluten free bread. Otherwise known as flaxseed, linseed is a rich source of Omega 3, fibre, vitamin B1 and manganese.  When buying linseeds in milled form, ensure the seeds are “cold pressed” as this protects the Omega 3.  It is important to consume milled rather than whole seeds to assist in the release of the nutrients from the seed, resulting in better absorption.  Otherwise it more or less comes out as it went in!!

Ingredients

  • 200 g whole linseeds / flaxseeds ¹
  • 300 g brown, spelt or gluten free flour gluten-free flour 
  • 400 ml water
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ²
  • Seeds to decorate (optional but tasty!)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • If you are using whole linseeds, please see the note below.
  • If you are using milled linseeds, mix with flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix well in a bowl
  • Add the water and vinegar and mix again
  • Transfer the mixture to 1lb loaf tin.  I used a silicone pan which doesn’t need to be lined, but if you are using a regular metal tin, you will need to line it with greased baking paper
  • Scatter over seeds to decorate, if desired
  • Bake in the oven for around 40 minutes, until risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack before cutting into thin slices and storing.  
  • It keeps well in the fridge for up to a few days or you could freeze it

Notes

¹ Flaxseed  – There are numerous brands varying in price but it is important to ensure the milled seeds are “cold pressed” as this protects the Omega 3. 
 
If you have a powerful / high speed food processor (such as a nutribullet) or coffee grinder, you can buy the linseed’s whole and mill them yourself.  There are different types also, brown or golden, either work, but the golden give the bread a nicer colour.  
 
² You can replace the apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
 
 

Suggestions

I love this Linseed Bread thinly sliced and toasted until crispy.  There are endless suggestions which include:
  • Mashed Avocado and poached egg
  • Almond nut butter and sliced banana
  • Bruschetta style open sandwiches