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Honey Wheat Sunflower Bread

whole wheat honey sunflower seed bread recipeI like to make things from scratch.  But I am not above buying loaves of bread.  But, it is really hard these days to find wholesome breads without high fructose corn syrup, and other additives that I do not want in my babies tummies or lunch box.  Considering that one of my children eats a sandwich every. single. day. the bread that he eats it on is a very important food in our house.   It needs to be healthy and nutritious.  It cannot be hard to make and most importantly, he needs to like it so that he will eat it.  I was given a bread machine as an engagement gift eons ago (thanks Paige and Bren) and I now use it all the time.  I played around with this recipe and this is my perfect version.  My children prefer bread without seeds, but I love the texture and nutty flavor that it gives this bread.  You obviously can leave the sunflower seeds out if you would like.  I like to make the dough in the machine and bake it in the oven but if I am pressed for time, I do the whole thing in the machine.  Either way, your house will smell amazing.

I love this bread toasted with some jam.  The jam in the picture above came from a cute little restaurant in Asheville, NC called Tupelo Honey.  I was there shooting a wedding and stopped in because I read great things about it and it did not disappoint.  Good southern soul food was what I was looking for and good southern soul food is what I got.  They serve this jam with delicious biscuits and I could not leave without bringing home some of this amazing black raspberry jam.

honey whole wheat sunflower bread recipe1 1/4 cups warm water
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons melted butter
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups flour
2 Tablepoons dry milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons yeast
1 cup sunflower seeds

honey whole wheat sunflower bread recipeDepending on your bread machine, your method might be different, but in mine you start with the liquids and layer.

honey whole wheat sunflower bread recipeAdd the ingredients in the order listed.  I add the sunflower seeds after the dough is together and check to make sure that they all get incorporated.  Sometimes they will get stuck in the corners and need a little help.  Quality control is in on the prowl.  I see and arm and a leg.

honey whole wheat sunflower bread recipeHere is what it looks like after the dough cycle is complete.

honey whole wheat sunflower bread recipeBut I am going to bake it in the oven.  Turn it out onto a floured board.  Knead it until smooth.

honey whole wheat sunflower bread recipePut the dough in a loaf pan and let rise for about 20-30 minutes.  Or until it looks like this.

honey whole wheat sunflower bread recipeBake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.  When the bread is done it will be golden brown and have a hollow sound when tapped.

honey whole wheat sunflower bread recipeLook at the rise and all of the gorgeous texture.

honey whole wheat sunflower bread recipeWhen the bread is cool, slice as much as you need.  I keep it wrapped in plastic wrap on the counter.

honey whole wheat sunflower bread recipeBut it usually doesn’t stick around very long.  Have I mentioned that this is a perfect bread for a turkey sandwich?

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Honey Wheat Sunflower Bread


Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Tablepoons dry milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. Depending on your bread machine, your method might be different, but in mine you start with the liquids and layer.
  2. Add the ingredients in the order listed. I add the sunflower seeds after the dough is together and check to make sure that they all get incorporated. Sometimes they will get stuck in the corners and need a little help. Quality control is in on the prowl. I see and arm and a leg.
  3. Here is what it looks like after the dough cycle is complete.
  4. But I am going to bake it in the oven. Turn it out onto a floured board. Knead it until smooth.
  5. Put the dough in a loaf pan and let rise for about 20-30 minutes. Or until it looks like this.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. When the bread is done it will be golden brown and have a hollow sound when tapped.
  7. Look at the rise and all of the gorgeous texture.
  8. When the bread is cool, slice as much as you need. I keep it wrapped in plastic wrap on the counter.

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  1. Emily @ The Happy Home

    August 24th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    thank you so much for a whole wheat bread recipe! i tried adapting the bread recipe i normally use to whole wheat, but it was way too dry and gummy. since that was actually only my second foray into bread, i didn’t know how to fix it! once it cools off a bit here, i’m going to give this recipe a try!

  2. bakedbree

    August 25th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    please do and let me know how it turns out for you. I am always playing with my bread recipes and want to hear what works for others as well.

  3. Alice

    August 24th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Hooray for Tupelo Honey – one of my favorite restaurants 🙂 Anyway – I don’t have a bread maker, does this recipe make one loaf or two?

  4. bakedbree

    August 25th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    It makes one very large loaf. Isn’t Tupelo Honey great? I love a good biscuit.

  5. Chelsea

    August 24th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Hey there! Long time reader but first time commenter and I just wanted to say I love your blog! I had to comment because as I read this I’m at my hotel…in Asheville, NC….with plans to go to Tupelo Honey tomorrow morning for breakfast. I’ve been looking forward to it all week and I’m pleased to hear it won’t disappoint. =) The coincidence was just too much.
    Ps- This bread. Sounds. Awesome. I am a sucker for homemade breads.

  6. bakedbree

    August 25th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    How funny is that? I hope that you had a great meal at Tupleo Honey.

  7. Foxy

    August 25th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    This sounds yummy so I will have to give it a try. Do you flour or grease your bread tin before putting the dough in? Can’t quite tell from the photo and I suspect you might have to or it would stick.

  8. bakedbree

    August 25th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    No, I just used a non stick pan. It didn’t stick at all.

  9. marla {family fresh cooking}

    August 25th, 2010 at 4:33 am

    Your homemade bread does look so good. Love the addition of a touch of honey. The smell of homemade bread will be so wonderful with the upcoming cooler months!

  10. bakedbree

    August 25th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I really like making my own bread. I like knowing what is in it and how much sugar there really is. It is so easy to do too. It sounds like a big deal, but it isn’t at all.

  11. vanda

    August 27th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Followed your instructions for the honey/whole wheat bread as accurately as possible but the results have been a total failure. As a bread maker of many years I suggest your method be changed so that the yeast is left to work in the liquid for at least 10 mins. till it foams and then go ahead and add the remaining ingredients. Also the rising time should have been at least l hr. Baking time should have been more like 30 mins. The insides were a gooey mess so into the trash it went.

  12. bakedbree

    August 27th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Did you use a bread machine? As you can see from the pictures, mine did not turn out like that. I am sorry that yours did not work for you. The recipe that I based this one of off is a bread machine book and it is very specific about adding the yeast last.

  13. kathryn

    August 28th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    This bread recipe was sooo easy and it turned out soo delicious! Thank you! I am Vegan so I did make a few changes and my bread came out looking exactly like yours!
    I replaced the butter for coconut oil and dried milk for almond milk.
    I also put 1/4 cup of ground flax seed in replace of some of the white flour.
    I have a vegan cooking blog and I am going to post how easy and lovely this bread recipe is I will certainly have link to lead non vegans over here!

  14. bakedbree

    August 29th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I am so glad that it turned out so well for you. I like how you modified it to be vegan. I might try it your way.

  15. kathryn

    August 28th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Oh one more thing, I don’t have a bread maker; I have a Bosch mixer and mixed the liquid first and added the dry (while mixing on low) and it worked like a charm! thanks again for a wonderful recipe 🙂

  16. bakedbree

    August 29th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    You are welcome!

  17. Emily

    April 22nd, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    This has become my go to bread recipe. I don’t always have sunflower seeds and it’s still good without them. It is very similar to a local bakery in towns sunflower wheat that is almost $6 a loaf! I use my breadmaker and always have great success! Thanks!

  18. bakedbree

    April 24th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I love this bread. I used to buy the sunflower bread from Panera, but I don’t think that they make it anymore.

  19. Manuela

    June 25th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I just made this recipe and it is fantastic! I replaced the butter with olive oil and the powder milk with milk (1 cup milk + 1/2 cup water instead of just water). I also added 1/4 cup crushed flax seeds. The texture and taste are great. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

  20. bakedbree

    June 28th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    That sounds some a good change, I will have to try it that way. I love this bread. I need to make some very soon.

  21. Deidre

    October 15th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I can’t wait to try this bread recipe, and I love your blog!

  22. bakedbree

    October 15th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    thank you Deirdre, this is a great bread. Hope that you like it.

  23. Deidre

    November 29th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I’ve made this twice now and it’s amazing- making it again this week! I had some flax seeds at home and added those as well- delicoius. I’m thinking I might need to get some new yeast though- my bread didn’t raise as much as I was hoping (still, it was even good as a dense, chewy loaf- yum).

  24. bakedbree

    November 29th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    It could also be the weather, sometimes my bread doesn’t rise as high if it is rainy or too humid.

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