I LOVE this bread! Like one other reviewer this was just what I was looking for. I also used 8 T sugar and used 1/2 c oats and 1/2 c flax... I was trying to reproduce another bread I liked. It has been perfectly balanced every time whether I used gluten or not. I've just started back using my machine and learning the right consistency of the dough ball. We served it thanksgiving to rave reviews by all!
This is a nice hearty bread. Great for making toast. But I feel the directions are way to open for those just needed to find the right recipe with optional having such a range that is hard to follow. Breads are a science. So the optional eggs and then the 2 to 8 tablespoons of flour make the bread really different. Gluten I think is necessary even though I did use it I stil had a short loaf. But a tasty one!
The flavor of this bread is just what I've been looking for - slightly sweet (I used 8 Tbsp. sugar) yet had a deep flavor, maybe from the added molasses. I'm new at making breads in my ABM, so I think I messed up on the type of flours I bought along with the gluten. I didn't get it to rise like I'd hoped, but I do think that's totally my fault since I don't quite understand the gluten-thing yet. However, I FULLY plan on making this again - with different types of flour, until I get it right, because the flavor of this bread is fabulous!