Sunflower Millet Bread

Katie:  Ever since discovering millet, I’ve looked for different ways to use it, cooked or dry.  It’s great to use in breads as a way of adding some texture and a nutty flavor.  After enjoying seed bread with millet from a bakery, I decided to try to make some myself.  I found this recipe on Bread from a Novice Baker.  I substituted half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour for the whole wheat flour.  I also toasted the sunflower seeds and let the bread rise longer than called for.  It turned out really good!  The honey was a sweet addition, and the bread was really moist.

Sunflower Millet Bread (slightly adapted from Pamela on The Fresh Loaf found via Bread from a Novice Baker)

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup whole hulled millet
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  1. Add the sunflower seeds to a frying pan over medium-high heat.  Toast seeds, stirring occasionally until they turn light brown.  Remove from pan and let cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the yeast and water, stirring until dissolved. Blend in the honey, seeds, and millet. Mix in 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour until blended. Cover the bowl with a towel and let proof about 30 minutes, or until the mixture becomes a light, bubbly sponge.
  3. Stir down the sponge and blend in the oil and salt. Gradually add remaining flour to make a soft, workable dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and resilient. Cover with a towel and let rest 30 minutes.
  4. Lightly grease two 8 1/2-inch loaf pans. Divide dough in half, shape into loaves, and place in the pans. Cover an let rise 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Bake the loaves about 35 mintues, or until golden brown. Remove the pans and let cool and wire racks.
    Makes 2 loaves.

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3 responses to “Sunflower Millet Bread

  1. Excellent bread! Great toasted with butter and honey or jam!

  2. I really like millet in bread too! I usually add millet and flax seeds when I make bread. The honey sounds like a nice addition.

  3. It was really moist and tasty!

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