Mellow Bakers March 2011 – Sunflower Seed Bread with Rye Sourdough

My second bread for the Mellow Bakers this month was the Sunflower Seed Bread with Rye Sourdough. I was a bit sceptical because I thought the BBA Sunflower Seed Rye was kind of boring. I’m just not a sunflower seeds person (hubby is, though). So I thought, even if I didn’t like this bread hubby probably would.

The rye sourdough wasn’t a problem at all – I just used my liquid levain, added rye flour and water and let it ripe for 16 hours. For the soaker the recipe says to use rye chops – I still haven’t really found out what rye chops are, but I figured that “Roggenschrot” (very coarse rye meal) could be something similiar, so I stuck some rye kernels into my grain mill and ground them on the most coarse level. After 16 hours, I mixed bread flour, sunflower seeds, water, salt, yeast, malt syrup, soaker and sourdough, let it rest for 1 1/2 hours with 2 stretch & folds in between and then shaped a giant 3-pound loaf. I thought of dividing it, but I have this huge 3-pound brotform which I’ve never used, so today was the day.  This bread smelled great, but as I had suspected, I’m just not a big fan of sunflower seeds in my bread. The hubby and my kids loved it, though.


8 responses to “Mellow Bakers March 2011 – Sunflower Seed Bread with Rye Sourdough

  1. That’s one huge loaf! Wow! My husband won’t eat bread with sunflower seeds in and I just made a seedy loaf that I had to eat all myself, so I don’t know if I will get round to this one just yet. It looks good to me, I love sunflower seeds 🙂

  2. Beautiful, big loaf indeed! I love breads with seeds, and my husband loves it even more…. I am mellowed out, but following the progress of my virtual friends

    great job!

  3. I’m not looking forward to this one…may just make a tiny loaf. Your big 3-pounder looks beautiful, though!

  4. That is gorgeous! Inside and out it is drop-dead gorgeous!!

  5. Wow, that’s alot of bread. Too bad you didn’t care for it, but it always feels good to make something the family likes. I make a whole wheat loaf bread w/ sunflower seeds, but the seeds are chopped abit in the food processor first before going in the bread with chopped walnuts. One of my favorites. I hope you like your next bread 🙂

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