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October 20, 2008

Bread Week: Whole Wheat Sunflower Seed Bread

Whole Wheat Sunflower Seed Bread

Making bread has a bit of a mystique to it, but it really shouldn't. It's one of those things that some people are terrified of, that they simply shouldn't be. Homemade is surprisingly easy and you just can't beat the flavor! You also can't beat the price...It's much cheaper to make your own! Plus you can control what goes into each loaf. Want a delicious whole grain bread? Then you can have it! Who says whole grain bread has to taste bland? Trust me...This one is fabulous!


What You'll Need:
1 1/2 cups of warm water
2 teaspoons of yeast
2 cups of white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons of sea salt
2 tablespoons of powdered milk
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, finely chopped
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons of honey

Dissolve yeast in water and let sit for bout 5 minutes or until foamy.

In a large bowl stir together white whole wheat flour, whole wheat flour, sea salt, powdered milk and sunflower seeds until completely incorporated. Add olive oil, honey and yeast water until dough forms. (Note: Whole grain flours, just like more refined flours, react differently depending on humidity. You might need all of the water, or just some of it, or you might even need a bit more. Your dough should be firm, yet elastic. Don't worry if you add too much water...Just add flour a tablespoon at a time until the dough is good. If you get too much flour, then add water a tablespoon at a time in the same manner.)

Whole Wheat Sunflower Seed Bread: Dough

Turn dough out onto a floured surface (Note: Use either whole wheat or white whole wheat flour) and knead for 2-3 minutes until dough springs back when touched. Shape dough into a loaf and place into a bread pan that has been brushed with olive oil or sprayed with non-stick spray:

Whole Wheat Sunflower Seed Bread: Ready to Rise

Let bread rise for an hour or so in a warm place until doubled in size:

Whole Wheat Sunflower Seed Bread: Risen

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour until bread sounds hollow when tapped and is golden brown:

Whole Wheat Sunflower Seed Bread: Baked

Let rest in pan for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a cotton towel to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Whole Wheat Sunflower Seed Bread: Ready to Slice

Notes: If you don't like sunflower seeds you can chop up some oats instead or even nuts.

Posted by Dianne at October 20, 2008 7:51 AM

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Hello Dianne,
I just wanted to let you know that I used your brownie mix in a jar for a craft activity on Saturday and they turned out fantastic! I told everyone about your blog. I love your ideas!

Posted by: Maurine at October 20, 2008 9:09 AM

Looks delicious!

Posted by: Esther at October 20, 2008 10:30 AM

That looks wonderful. I just told J I'm going to pull out the bread maker and start making his bread again. It's silly to pay so much for store-bought bread when homemade is better.

Posted by: Allie at October 20, 2008 12:52 PM

It's definitely cheaper than buying a loaf at the store. And the bread machine makes it so much easier! I use the bread machine for Jamison's gluten free bread.

Posted by: Dianne at October 22, 2008 3:19 PM

Maurine, glad it worked out for you! That's one of my favorite little gifts!

Thanks Esther!

Posted by: Dianne at October 22, 2008 3:34 PM

Your breads are GORGEOUS have you tried Amish Friendship bread started from a starter? Id love to see how yours turns out, I have a starter recipe and also a recipe for the bread at my blog, my pics arent near as pretty as yours and you cook much better than I do obviously hehe, I am not good at bread but Amish friendship bread is SOOO good, perfect for the holidays, Carm

Posted by: Carmen at October 26, 2008 10:39 AM

Thanks Carmen!

I have tried Amish Friendship bread in the past. I love it! I haven't made it in a while though. I may have to make some!

Posted by: Dianne at October 28, 2008 2:43 PM

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