Honey and Sunflower Seed LoafPosted 6 January 2011 by Debbie
Some supermarkets sell a version of a honey and sunflower seed bread that is absolutely delicious. I couldn’t find an ideal recipe for this, so I put one together from several similar recipes.
Ingredients (makes one loaf):
- 350 g strong white flour
- 100 g wholemeal flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 15 g unsalted butter
- 15 g dried yeast
- 3 tbsp runny honey
- 140 ml hot water
- 140 ml warm water
- 80 g sunflower seeds
Spoon the honey into the hot water and stir until it dissolves. Let it cool and pour in the warm water. Add the yeast and leave it for 10 minutes to get frothy.
Mix together the flours and salt and rub in the butter until it looks like bread crumbs. Gradually add the honey and yeast mixture until you have a sticky dough.
Stir in the sunflower seeds. Knead the dough for 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
Cover and put it in a warm place to rise until it has doubled in size. Knock back the dough and either put it into a large loaf tin, or shape it into a round loaf. Let it rise again until it has doubled in size.
Bake the loaf at 200° C (390°F) for 20-25 minutes, until it’s golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
This bread is really, really nice and tastes easily as nice as the sunflower and honey loaves you can buy. The honey gives it a little sweetness and keeps it very moist, with just a hint of honey flavour. The sunflower seeds give it a great chewy texture as well as a mild nutty flavour. You could vary the proportions of white and wholemeal flour to make it lighter or more dense.
I will be submitting this recipe to WildYeast’s Yeastspotting.