Baking bread has always been a favorite of mine, but I know for some, it may seem like a daunting task. The good news is, it’s not! Baking bread is really easy and with a little bit of time, you have a delicious, fresh loaf of bread made entirely with your own two hands.
Okay, okay making bread is fun, but why sunflower bread you ask? Well, I love sunflowers and I love bread, so naturally, I decided to combine the two and voilà! Also, after some serious scrounging on my part, I discovered an entire bag of uneaten sunflower seeds and a packet of yeast…
Sunflower Seed Bread
2/3 cup whole milk, warm
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups whole wheat bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the yeast, warm milk and honey. Let sit for about 5 minutes to allow the yeast to bloom.
Whisk in the oil and egg and, the attach the dough hook and mix in the flour, salt and sunflower seeds.
Mix on medium speed until the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl and you can form a window. The dough will be sticky.
Cover the bowl with plastic and let sit in a warm spot until the dough has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375º.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and shape into an oval. Place in a greased loaf pan, cover and let sit until it has doubled in size again.
Brush the top of the dough with oil and sprinkle some sunflower seeds on top. Bake until the internal temperature has reached 185º, about 30-40 minutes.
Let cool completely, slice it up and enjoy!