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Homemade whole wheat bread is the perfect way to get started to a healthy new year!
Making bread is something that can be intimidating. It’s not quite as simple as making muffins or cookies or something where you just mix and bake. There’s a lot of science involved, and sometimes things out of your control can derail your efforts.
But it doesn’t have to be difficult. And once you’ve made a successful loaf, you’ll be wondering if you’ll ever buy store-bought again. It’s easy to get hooked once you’ve done it. Not only is homemade bread delicious, but it makes a great gift. Especially for people that don’t know the first thing about making bread.
I made this homemade whole wheat bread and added some sunflower seeds for crunch and nutrition. It’s great for toast, sandwiches, or just eating warm with butter.
Easy Whole Wheat Sunflower Bread
This easy homemade whole wheat bread is a great start for anyone that wants to learn how to make bread.
1/2cuproasted sunflower seedsplus more for sprinkling on top
3tablespoonsunsalted buttersoftened and cut into cubes
Combine the water and milk in a small saucepan. Heat on low until about 110 degrees — it will be lukewarm, not hot.
Put the milk in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the honey and yeast, stir, and let sit for about 5 minutes until yeast is foamy.
Add the flour, sunflower seeds, salt, and butter. Using dough hook, turn to low until combined. Turn up to medium and knead the dough for 5-10 minutes until dough is slightly sticky, smooth, and very soft.
Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil into a large mixing bowl and add the dough to the bowl. Cover with a towel or loose plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for about about an hour, until dough has doubled in size. Punch the dough down, transfer to a lightly floured surface and shape the dough into a loaf.
Spray a bread pan with cooking spray. Transfer loaf to pan, sprinkle with sunflower seeds if desired, and cover with a towel. Let rise for about 30 minutes while oven preheats to 350 degrees.
Bake the bread for 40-45 minutes, until crust is well browned.
Let cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan. Let cool completely before slicing.