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Whole Grain Sunflower Seed Bread

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  • Author: Carol Egbert
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


A quick, yeast raised, batter bread with no kneading. This whole grain, seedy bread is lovely toasted and topped with jam, as the ‘outside’ of your favorite sandwich or partnered with soup and salad for dinner.


  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 (360ml) cups of warm water (110º F)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup (110g) plain flour
  • 1 cup (120g) whole meal flour
  • 1 cup (90g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (75g) sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • butter for pan


  1. Sprinkle yeast into warm water, add honey and stir until yeast has dissolved.
  2. Set mixture, aside in a warm place, for five minutes or until yeast has ‘bloomed’ and the mixture is foamy.
  3. Combine plain flour, whole meal flour, rolled oats, sunflower seeds and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the yeast mixture into flour mixture and stir to form batter.
  5. Tip batter into a 9 in x 4.5 in x 2.75 in (220 mm x 120 mm x 70mm) loaf pan that has been smeared with butter.
  6. Covered pan with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place until dough has nearly doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes in a preheated 350ºF (175ºC) for 35 minutes until the bread has begun to pull away from the sides of the pan and an instant read, digital thermometer, poked it into the center of the loaf, reads 185º.
  8. Loosen loaf with a knife and tip the steamy hot bread on to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Let cool at least 15 minutes before slicing.


Most of the prep time is unattended raising time.
To vary this recipe: replace honey with molasses, brown sugar or golden syrup; sprinkle the top of the batter with poppy seeds, sesame seeds or a combination of both; and/or, add 1/2 cup of raisins, currants, dried figs, cherries or cranberries along with the sunflower seeds.
Slice and freeze bread if you plan on having it last for more than two days.
Defrost bread by toasting it.

  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
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