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Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Bread

September 12, 2019 (Last Updated: May 13, 2020)

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Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Bread – a delicious loaf of homemade bread made with whole wheat flour and pumpkin and sunflower seeds. This tasty bread is perfect for lunch for sandwiches or toasted with butter and honey for breakfast. 

A loaf of bread topped with seeds sitting on a baking rack.

Making homemade bread is so rewarding. I love the process of making bread, the smell of making bread and looking at and eating homemade bread. This pumpkin and sunflower seed bread is my newest baking creation.

 

What is in this loaf of bread?

Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Bread is a whole wheat yeast bread filled with raw pumpkin seeds and raw sunflower seeds. The seeds are added to the dough and sprinkled on top of each loaf. 

A stack of sliced bread with pumpkin seeds.

What is white whole wheat flour?

White whole wheat flour is a whole wheat flour made with white spring wheat. Most people are familiar with red spring wheat flour which is also a whole wheat flour. White whole wheat flour is as nutritionally equivalent as red spring wheat flour. White whole wheat is lighter in color and in flavor and is delicious added to homemade breads. 

How do I make this bread?

  1. Combine water, yeast and 1/4 cup of flour together Water and yeast in a mixing bowl.
  2. Let mixture set for 10 minutes until bubbly Proofed yeast in a bowl.
  3. Add oil, honey, salt and 2 cups of all purpose flour. Combine Flour added to a mixing bowl.
  4. Add seeds and combine Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in bread dough.
  5. Continue adding flour until dough forms a ball and isn’t too sticky 
  6. Knead dough in mixer for 10 minutes
  7. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let dough sit until double in size. Bread dough in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.
  8. Remove wrap and gently punch dough down so it is deflated. Bread dough with seeds in a glass bowl.
  9. Divide dough into two equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball A round of bread dough.
  10. To shape loaves, flatten round into a rectangle. Roll up jelly roll style and pinch seam. Tuck in ends and pinch ends together.
    Bread dough formed into a rectangle.
    Roll bread dough into a log.
    Forming bread dough into a log.
    A log of bread dough held with one hand.
    Tucking the ends into a round of bread dough.
    Two loaves of uncooked bread in bread pans.
  11. Cover loaves and let rise for about 30 minutes Loaves of bread dough in a bread pan.
  12. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with seeds Pumpkin seeds being sprinkled on bread dough.
  13. Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven

A loaf of bread sliced on a wooden cutting board.

What temperature should water be before adding yeast?

The water should be between 105 and 110 degrees. Any warmer and you can kill the yeast. Any cooler and the yeast might not become active. The best way to determine the temperature of the water is to measure it with a thermometer. Warm tap water usually falls between this range. Practice testing the temperature with a thermometer until you are used to what it feels like. 

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A slice of bread topped with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey.

I love to eat this bread toasted with butter and honey. It’s also perfect served alongside a bowl of clam chowder or a delicious plate of chicken pasta

What equipment do I need?

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A loaf of bread topped with seeds sitting on a baking rack.

Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Bread

Kathy
Whole wheat bread with pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
4.8 from 10 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Rise Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Baking, Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Loaves
Calories 194 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast (or two packages yeast)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (raw)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (raw)

Topping

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds

Instructions
 

Dough

  • Combine water, yeast and 1/4 cup of flour together
  • Let mixture set for 10 minutes until bubbly
  • Add oil, honey, salt and 2 cups of all purpose flour. Combine
  • Add seeds and combine
  • Add 2 cups of white wheat flour until dough and combine. Continue adding white wheat flour 1/4 cup at a time until dough forms a ball and isn’t too sticky 
  • Knead dough in mixer for 10 minutes
  • Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let dough sit until double in size.
  • Remove wrap and gently punch dough down so it is deflated.
  • Divide dough into two equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball
  • Form each ball into loaves and place in greased loaf pans
  • Cover loaves and let rise for about 30 minutes

Topping

  • Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with seeds
  • Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven
  • Allow bread to cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pans. Continue cooling on a baking rack until fully cooled.

Notes

  • Cut bread into 12 slices after bread is fully cooled. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1SliceCalories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 7gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 102mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Pumpkin Seed Bread, Wheat Bread, Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Sam Lerman
    August 20, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    This sounds delicious! I don’t have any whole wheat flour. Can I just use all purpose flour or bread flour, and how would I adjust the recipe to allow for the difference? Thank you.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 20, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Sam,
      You can use all purpose flour in place of the whole wheat. The measurements will be pretty close to the same.
      Happy Baking!
      Kathy

  • Reply
    B. Boardman
    August 10, 2020 at 9:14 am

    4 stars
    I generally only make sourdough breads and do not normally use my kitchenaid mixer but I didn’t have the time yesterday. I had enough leftover pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds to make a single loaf so I halved the recipe and made it. I did find that I order to get the dough to ball up on the dough hook I needed to add about 60 grams (1/2 cup) extra flour. I followed the recipe otherwise and the bread turned out with a good crumb and taste. I do all my bread using weighed indregients and I converted the water volume to grams and the came for the flours. I left the honey and oil in volume measure, in this case 1/8c each. It was a bit wetter dough than I normally work but the end result has been pronounced good by all at this morning’s breakfast table. Thanks. BB.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 10, 2020 at 9:36 am

      Thanks so much for all your details! I’m glad the dough was approved by all! There’s nothing better than a homemade loaf of bread! 🙂

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