I love bread. I love trying new bread recipes, the smell of the yeast as it rises, the anticipation when you make your first slice, and enjoying a little toast and butter with a cup of tea. For those who share my same affinity, or who are just curious about bread making in general – this is the best recipe! No kneading means we can all do it. Plus, adding the variety of seeds is an easy upgrade! They not only give great crunch, but we get the health benefits – fiber, protein, and heart-healthy fats. This recipe truly takes the cake – or the loaf!
Recipe courtesy of TheKitchn.
- 3 C all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp. hulled pumpkin seeds
- 2 Tbsp. hulled sunflower seeds
- 2 tsp. flax seeds
- 2 tsp. sesame seeds
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp. active dry yeast
- 1 ½ C warm water
- Measure 3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons hulled pumpkin seeds, 2 tablespoons hulled sunflower seeds, 2 teaspoons flax seeds, 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, 2 teaspoons chia seeds, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt into a large bowl and stir to combine.
- In a separate small bowl, mix the 1 ½ cups warm water with the ¾ teaspoon active dry yeast and allow yeast to dissolve.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and add water + yeast mixture. Stir until a rough, shaggy dough forms. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk and bubbly, 6 to 8 hours.
- Lightly flour a piece of parchment paper and turn the dough out onto it. Fold the dough over onto itself 2 times. Flip the dough over and quickly shape it into a round ball. Sprinkle the dough with 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds and 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds. Cover with a towel and let rise until nearly doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Bake as directed above.
- About 30 minutes before the dough is ready, arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and remove any racks above it. Place a large Dutch oven and its lid on the rack and heat the oven to 450°F.
- Remove the Dutch oven from the oven. Use the parchment paper as a sling and carefully transfer the loaf, still on the parchment, into the Dutch oven. If desired, slash or cut the top of the dough with kitchen shears or a sharp knife.
- Cover the Dutch oven, place it back in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until the top is browned, about 15 minutes more. Another way to know that the bread is ready is if an instant-read thermometer inserted into the top or side registers 210°F. Remove the Dutch oven from the oven and use the parchment paper to transfer the bread to a wire rack. Cool at least 15 minutes before slicing the bread.
Store the bread wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 3 days at room temperature.
By: Erin Pellegrin, RD, LDN