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Atta, Chia, Flax, Sunflower, Quinoa - Bread Making at Home

Making bread at home
What kind of bread do you like to eat? It's been a couple of months since we've purchased bread from the supermarket, it's been all homemade with the help of our bread machine.
I like variety and I think it's good for children to experience different tastes and textures - even in bread. Recently we baked a german grain loaf which is a dark brown and the kids didn't even think twice before eating it. For some price comparisons our supermarket mixed grain or soy and linseed is $3.50 a loaf. The loaf sizes are all similar - perhaps the supermarket variety has a couple of extra slices. 
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When I have time (and the kids are feeling patient) I experiment with this recipe. The recipe lists various ingredient options which I love. When baking in these photographs we used atta flour,  almond milk, agave, chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, olive oil, water and yeast. I didn't work the cost per loaf purely because of the complexity of all the ingredients involved. With these seeds especially the sunflower seeds the taste is nice and nutty. This and all whole wheat loaves take 4 hours 30 minutes in our machine. Even in varying the ingredients we've never had a failure with this recipe.
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Our favourite bread mix is Laucke Soy and Linseed which is milled in South Australia - my home state. The bread mix is a really reliable option because it takes only a minute to set the machine. This works out to be $1.90 a loaf. Once again though it takes 4 hour and 30 minutes in our machine. This our staple go-to weekday bread (pictured far below). 
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We've also tried some organic yeast free and alternative grain bread mixes. These are super expensive ($5.30 for multigrain with quinoa and chia and $4.12 for alternative grain). I love how easy these are to make as they only have one rise - you can just mix it and put in the the oven, or in our machine it takes 1 hour 30 minutes. I love taste testing but these were a similar texture to cake rather than bread and take a little getting used to. 
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Using a bread machine is a little like using a slow cooker. It a nice easy way to make bread at home. It can be a cheaper option, it reduces our trips to the supermarket, we control the ingredients, our house smells warm and welcoming and it's very easy for the kids to help out. Did I mentioned the satisfation you (and the kids) feel when eating something you have made yourself. 
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Really I'm just an amateur, if you are a bread making pro I'd appreciate any tips and tricks or your favourite recipe. 
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Making bread at home
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Laucke Soy and Linseed

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