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Semi-Wholegrain Sunflower Seed Sourdough Bread!

Yes, this bread is the most wonderful sourdough bread, I have ever made & baked! My husband & I both gave it a 10/10! Ooh yes! It uses less sourdough in it like we normally do. It is also very delicious toasted! 😉

Divine Sourdough bread!

Just look at my crumbs! I never had that happen with a semi-wholegrain sourdough bread before! Ooh yes! Just look up closer:

Yum, right?

Let’s see how I made it! 🙂

Recipe: For 1 sunflower seed sourdough bread about 870 gr!


For the levain: the starter: (the day before)

25 gr white wheat sourdough, (I used French T 65 flour), 100 % hydratation

100 gr semi-wholegrain flour ( I used French T 110 flour)

90 gr white wheat flour (T 65)

190 gr lukewarm nearly hot water

The final dough:( the next day)

the levain (the starter)

200 gr semi-wholegrain flour ( T 110)

100 gr white wheat flour (T 65)

80 gr sunflower seeds

25 gr sunflower oil

130 gr lukewarm aka hot water

5 gr ground table salt

 to top bread with: brush with water & sprinkle oats on top & sides!


The day before: make your levain aka starter! The starter itself must sit at room temperate for at least 12-14 hours! So take a medium large bowl & add all ingredients for the starter in it. This is the 25 gr white wheat sourdough,100 % hydration, 100 gr semi-wholegrain flour, the 90 gr white wheat flour  & 90 gr lukewarm nearly hot water. Mix well with a spoon & place a fitted plastic bag that you close neatly, over it & leave to sit at room temperate for at least 12-14 hours! After this time, it will be looking something like this:

The day after, the next morning. Make the final dough! Take the bowl of your Kenwood machine & place your starter & the rest of the ingredients in       it. This is the 200 gr T 110, the 100 gr T 65, the 25 gr sunflower oil, the 80 gr sunflower seeds, the 130 gr lukewarm nearly hot water & the 5 gr table salt. Place the dough hook in your machine & knead the dough for about 10 minutes on medium-speed. You will end up with an elastic dough & that is what you want. Flour a bit of the T 110 flour onto your kitchen counter but not much. Take all of your kneaded dough out of the bowl & knead it for 1 minute. Form a roundish shape & place it into a sunflower oiled bowl. Place a fitted plastic bag over it & tie it. Place onto your kitchen counter or into a warm place & let it rise for about 4 hours. This is the 1st rise! In this 1st rise, after 90 minutes, fold the bread on all sides, from the sides to the middle & let it rest further on.

Then, flour kitchen counter with a bit of the T 110 flour. Take the plastic bag off & place dough onto your kitchen counter. Knock back all the air & form a roundish shape. Place the risen dough into your final bread baking tin. I used a metal round baking tin. I greased it with sunflower oil & placed my round bread in it. I brushed the top & sides with water & sprinkled oats on it. Place into the plastic bag again & tie it. Leave to rise for the last & 2nd time for about 3 hours. The dough is ready to be baked, when you push your finger into the risen dough, you see the print for a bit & then the dough slowly goes back to its form.

Preheat your oven to 180°C (350 °F) for 10 minutes &place 1 oven rack on the low-bottom tray in your oven. Also place a ceramic small oven dish in it. I always use a fan oven! Now, put your risen bread in bread tin onto the low oven tray & pour just boiled water into the ceramic dish. Close oven door & bake the bread for 20 minutes on 180°C. After this time, check bread top. If it is too brown, lower temperature to 160-170°C & bake for another 20 minutes. When ready, your bread will smell amazing. With oven gloves on, take bread tin, out of the oven. Carefully, flip out your bread. Tap on the bottom to see if our bread has been cooked through. If it sounds hollow, you are there. If not, place it back into the bread tin & bake for another 10-15 minutes. Place onto a wire rack to cool down completely! When cold, store into a bread bag. Enjoy! This bread is so yummy smeared with butter & then topped with some lovely salami slices! Yummm!

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Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

5 thoughts on “Semi-Wholegrain Sunflower Seed Sourdough Bread!

  1. Hi Sophie– we love bread– and this looks like the best! Hearty, but not too dense. I wish we had a loaf sitting on the counter right now! And– your vacation this summer sounds marvelous!! Have a wonderful time! xox

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