Golden Sunflower Seed Wheat Bread

Recipe by BakeretteJen
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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 12-16
YIELD: 3 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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.
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