Prep 40 mins
Cook 35 mins
This Golden Sunflower Bread is dairy free and made with whole wheat and sunflower seeds. It's light on flavor and big on taste. You can find more of my delicious recipes at www.Bakerette.com
- 3 1⁄4 cups warm water (110-115F degrees)
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1 1⁄4 cups bread flour
- 1⁄3 cup canola oil
- 1⁄3 cup honey (agave nectar has a low glycemic index, making it acceptable for diabetics to eat) or 1⁄3 cup agave nectar (agave nectar has a low glycemic index, making it acceptable for diabetics to eat)
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 5 1⁄2-6 1⁄2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1⁄2 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 -3 tablespoons butter, melted (optional)
- In a large mixing bowl, add warm water and yeast. Cover and let activate for 10 minutes.
- Add bread flour, canola oil, Agave, salt and 4 cups of whole wheat flour to the yeast mixture. Mix thoroughly.
- Mix in sunflower seeds. Slowly add whole wheat flour one cup at a time until you reach a firm dough.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5-8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a lightly warmed oven for 1 hour or until doubled in size (hint: Before I place the bread in the oven, I turn the oven on to 350F degrees and warm it for only a few seconds--20-seconds. You don't want the oven hot).
- Punch down the dough and divide into either two greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pans, or three greased 8 x 4-inch loaf pans. I like to put parchment on the very bottom of my pans for ease of turning out the loaves. Cover the loaves and let rise in a warm place for an additional 30 mins or until doubled in size.
- Bake at 350F degrees for 35 minutes, then brush on melted butter and continue to bake for 5 minutes more or until lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and brush on remaining melted butter. Turn out from pans and place on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting and serving.
I haven't always been a huge fan of Whole Wheat bread until later on in life. I will have to say this is really good and up there for me for WW bread. I loved the addition of the sunflower seeds, delish!!! I made 1/3 of the recipe for one loaf and plan to reheat slices in the morning for our breakfast. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for 2013 Spring PAC event.