With this recipe you will be able to make a family white bread with sunflower seeds, moist and fresh, ideal for breakfast or to accompany your meals. It is very simple to prepare and doesn't require a bread machine. To make it more impressive, you can sprinkle some additional seeds on top.
Makes one loaf of family bread
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Resting time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Egg-free; Low-fat; Vegetarian; Vegan
450g (1lb) strong flour for bread
300ml (10fl oz) warm water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp active dry yeast
4 tbsp of sunflower seeds
1 pinch of sugar
1 pinch of salt
1. Mix flour and sunflower seeds in a large and clean mixing bowl. Add dry yeast (dissolved in a little bit of the warm water - same process if you use the fresh one but you will need to crumble it), a pinch of salt and sugar, chopped walnuts and olive oil. Stir with a fork.
2. Add the warm water (the water temperature should ranges from 18C, in summer, to 22C degrees, in winter) and mix, first with a fork, until all the water is absorbed. Be careful not to add too much water, otherwise you will have to add more flour.
3. Transfer the mixture on a well-floured surface and knead for 10 minutes to shape (push, fold, slap and roll) the dough into a neat ball, not too sticky but simply silky and elastic.
4. Put the ball back to the bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let stand in warm place and away from drafts for at least 40 minutes.
5. Once the dough has doubled in size, slam the ball on the work table and brutally knock the air out the dough, by bashing and squashing it, then knead for another minute. At this point you can shape the dough as you like and place it into a greased rectangular mould. Cover and let stand in warm place for at least half an hour.
6. Bake in the middle of the oven at 220C/430F/Gas7 for 30 minutes.
7. Once cooked, remove the bread immediately from the mould (this to avoid condensation and softening of bread at the base) and let cool on a rack. Your bread should look golden and sound hollow underneath.
NOTE: To prevent excessive dryness of the crust, you should put in the oven with the bread, a pan with about a quart of water.