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Sunflower Oat Wheat Bread

Course Bread, Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade-wheat-bread, sunflower-oat-wheat-bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rise time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour plus extra as needed
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk scalded then cooled to 110°F
  • 2 packages 1/4 oz each active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats uncooked
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup roasted salted sunflower kernels May substitute raw

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, heat the milk until it begins to foam around the edges. Remove from the heat and cool to 110°F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine bread flour, yeast, and sugar. Mix the dry ingredients together just until the yeast is fully distributed.
  • On low speed gradually add the scalded milk. Beat on low speed for 3 minutes. Cover with a damp towel and let rise until double, about 30 minutes.
  • Using a knife, release some of the air from the dough mixture, then on low speed add the whole-wheat flour, oats, sunflower kernels, sunflower oil, honey, and salt. Mix well.
  • Using the dough hook, or by hand on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • Place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until double, about 30 minutes.
  • Punch the dough down to release air and shape into 2 loaves. Place in (2) greased metal 8 x 4 x 2-inch loaf pans. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F Uncover and bake for 25-35 minutes or until THE bread makes a hollow sound when tapped in the middle.
  • Check at 20 minutes and cover with aluminum foil to prevent over browning, if needed.
  • Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.

Notes

This recipe can be used in a bread machine as well. Simply follow bread machine directions for adding wet and dry ingredients and bake as directed above.