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Polish Sunflower Seed Bread Recipe – Chleb Ze Słonecznikiem

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Woman presenting a freshly baked Polish sunflower seed bread in the kitchen.

 

Polish sunflower seed bread is a delicious taste of the Polish summer. Made with both all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour, you will find that this bread is very healthy. The whole wheat flour in the recipe makes it filling because it contains a high fiber content.

Polish sunflower seed bread is best served alongside a hearty meal. It pairs well with dishes like goulash. When sliced, it makes great sandwiches and is the bread of choice for breakfast.

Sunflower Seeds In Poland

Did you know that Poland has over 14.42 thousand hectares of land dedicated to growing sunflowers alone? This is primarily for the production of sunflower seeds. The production of sunflowers in the country makes sunflower seeds easily accessible. This is one of the reasons why it is used in Polish cooking.

Sunflower seeds have been used in many studies. Its benefits range from lower rates of cardiovascular disease to lowering of high blood pressure. The minerals and vitamins in the seeds also help boost your immune system.

Polish Sunflower Seed Bread Recipe – Chleb Ze Słonecznikiem

Part I – Knead All The Ingredients

Add 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of sunflower seeds, 1 ½ tbsp. of yeast and 1 tbsp. of salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients together so that they mix well with the flour. Make sure to keep some sunflower seeds to decorate the top. 2-3 tbsps. will suffice.

Add in 2 cups of warm water and 1 tbsp. of honey to the mixture. Knead the dough. You can do this using your hand or with a food processor. 

Note that the resultant dough will be sticky. Don’t worry. This is how it is supposed to be. 

Knead the ingredients for Polish sunflower seed bread.
Knead the ingredients for Polish sunflower seed bread.

Part II – Cover The Bowl With A Clean Kitchen Cloth

Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen cloth. This will keep the dough from drying. Leave the dough to rise for 40 minutes or till it has doubled in size. Make sure that the place that you keep the dough is draft free. 

Place the dough in a bowl and cover it.
Place the dough in a bowl and cover it.

Part III – Line A 12” Bread Pan With Parchment Paper

Part IV – Pour The Dough Into The Pan

Stir the dough before you pour. Do this using a spoon. Then gently pour the dough into a 12” bread pan. Use the spoon to smoothen the top.

Part V – Sprinkle The Remaining Sunflower Seeds

Part VI – Preheat the oven to 428°F (220°C).

Part VII – Cover The Pan With A Clean Kitchen Cloth

Cover the baking pan with a clean kitchen cloth and let the dough rise once more. This time it should be for only 15 minutes which is about the same time required for the oven to heat up.

Part VIII – Bake The Polish Sunflower Seed Bread

Baking the Polish sunflower seed bread is a little different from other bread. Bake it at 428°F (220°C) for 10 minutes before reducing the heat to 392°F (200°C) and baking for another 30 minutes.

Perfectly baked Polish sunflower seed bread.
Perfectly baked Polish sunflower seed bread.

Part IX – Allow To Cool Before Slicing

Polish Sunflower Seed Bread Frequently Asked Questions

My Dough Is Very Sticky. Have I Done Something Wrong?

No. You have not done anything wrong. The dough of Polish sunflower seed bread is sticky in nature. In fact, rather than shaping the dough, it is poured into the baking pan.

Is Polish Sunflower Seed Bread Good For You?

Sunflower seeds are very good for your health because they contain a lot of essential amino acids and vitamins such as vitamin B and E. In addition to this they are also rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and potassium.

Adding sunflower seeds to bread makes it such an easy way to consume these bite sized goodies. It also gives the bread a very interesting texture.

How Can I Ensure That My Dough Rises Well?

Always check the expiry date on the yeast packet before you use it. Old yeast or expired yeast won’t rise and will mess with your dough. Another reason why the dough may not rise is because of the temperature of the surroundings. Yeast needs a warm environment to work. Make sure to keep the dough in a warm place. One of the best ways is to keep it next to a stove that is in use.

Yield: 20 slices

Polish Sunflower Seed Bread Recipe - Chleb Ze Słonecznikiem

A loaf of Polish sunflower seed bread sliced in half on a wooden board with a rustic background.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (240g) of whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups (240g) of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 ½ tbsp of instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. Knead all the ingredients using your hand (in a bowl) or food processor. Leave 2-3 tbsps of sunflower seeds to decorate the bread. The dough should be sticky.
  2. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen cloth and wait for about 40 minutes until it doubles its size.
  3. Line 12'' bread pan with parchment paper.
  4. Stir the dough using a spoon then pour it into the pan. Smooth it out with a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle with the remaining sunflower seeds.
  6. Preheat the oven to 428°F (220°C).
  7. Cover the pan with a clean kitchen cloth for 15 minutes (the time when the oven is heating up).
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 392°F (200°C).
  9. Bake for another 30 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool before slicing.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 735mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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