Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sunflower Whole Wheat Quick Bread

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup roasted sunflower seeds plus a handful extra for top of bread
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
coarse salt for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray. Place prepared pan on a baking sheet and set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together both flours, wheat germ, both sugars, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir in 1 cup of sunflower seeds.

In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs and the melted butter, whisk just until combined. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined. Mixture will be thick and sticky (like the consistency of cooked oatmeal that needs some milk added to it).

Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with sunflower seeds and coarse salt. Place baking sheet with loaf pan into the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes

Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

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