We got a surprise gift for our first wedding anniversary from my brother and his wife, a breadmaking machine. Thanks!
For our first attempt at fresh bread, we chose the Seeded Whole Wheat bread from the recipe provided (we added flax and chia seeds, and used 12 grain whole wheat instead of just whole wheat bread flour). It produced a dense, flavourful, tasty, huuuge loaf of bread (which rose too high and threatened to pop the lid right open, likely because of the high humidity in the air). We enjoyed it all week. Here's the recipe we used.
Seeded Whole Wheat Bread
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp grated orange peel (I did not add this)
2 tsp salt
2 cups 12 grain whole wheat flour
4 cups white bread flour
3 tsp active dry or bread machine yeast
2 tsp vital wheat gluten (optional) (I did not add this)
1/2 cup flax seeds
2 Tbsp chia seeds
Add all ingredients, first liquid, then dry (make sure yeast is added last) except for last two (added at "Add ingredient" stage). Make on Whole Grain setting or according to manufacturer's instructions.