Time to "Flax" Your Baking Muscles
By Jill Nussinow
If you bake with flax and have a great recipe, put it to the test to win a year's supply of flax from
FlaxUSA, the country's leading producer of ground, roasted and whole seed flax from America's flax heartland, North Dakota.
Never tried baking with flax? Well it's time you did! Flax is a great substitute for eggs and butter, not to mention the most potent plant based source of heart-healthy Omega 3s. Click here to learn more on how to bake with flax.
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If you don't want to click above, let me give you a brief heads up on baking with flax from my experience:
5 tablespoons of already ground flax, or grind 3 tablespoons in a blender or spice grinder, mixed with 1/2 cup water substitutes for 2 eggs in baking. It works best as a binder, and not as well as a leavener. So no Angel Food Flax cakes -- yet.
Do not mix the flax long before mixing with other ingredients or you could end up with a very stiff, yet sticky mess.
Use golden, not brown, flax in lighter colored baked goods. Flax works well in cookies, cakes, muffins, quick breads, yeast breads, and more. Let's see what you come up with.
Your recipe must be original, or so highly adapted that you are not accidentally "stealing" some else's recipe. The recipes will be judged on use of flax, and most of all taste. Since this is a vegetarian blog, I prefer recipes without meat, especially in cupcakes. Your recipe can be for sweet or savory baking. So thinking out of the box (but not too far) is encouraged.
Entering is easy. Just post the title of your recipe here on this blog in the comment section (so that this blog doesn't get clogged with recipe text) and send a copy of the actual recipe with your email address, blog URL, if you have one, a photo (optional) to firstname.lastname@example.org. All recipe submissions become property of The Veggie Queen and FlaxUSA.
I will test the recipes with Stephanie Stober, the "Flax Queen" of North Dakota (and co-founder of flaxUSA). Grand prize is a 12 month supply of flax (ground or whole seed; you choose). Three runners up will win three 12 ounce shakers of Ground Flax Sprinkles and three packages of Roasted Golden Flax Seed Snacks.
The contest starts today, February 24th and ends March 11th, so get cracking - or baking as it were.
Winners will be notified on March 16th. If you have any questions, please email me or post a comment.
Looking forward to reading about your wonderful creations. Good luck.