No Knead Sunflower Loaf

 
 

Happy Gal/Valentines/Lover Day! I personally think this day is silly for many reasons I won't get into BUT nothing is better than waking up early, preheating your dutch oven and baking this amazing loaf of no-knead bread! If you are afraid to make bread because its difficult or hard, erase all of your preconceived thoughts and try this recipe! You literally stir up some yeast, water, salt and flour in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a towel and let it sit for 8-18 hours on your countertop. The results are amazing and there are so many different directions to take this loaf. I have made it with half whole wheat flour, all white flour, seeds, no seeds and every single one tastes amazing. This particular loaf is full of sunflower seeds which is probably my favorite version. I grabbed this recipe off the blog GirlVersusDough which I highly recommend!

 
 

NO KNEAD SUNFLOWER LOAF

MAKES 1 LOAF

RECIPE ADAPTED BY GIRL VS DOUGH

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 t. sea salt
  • 1 t. active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
 
 

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large bowl mix together flour, sunflour seeds, salt and yeast. Pour in warm water, use a plastic or wooden spoon to stir everything together until you have a shaggy dough. Don't attempt to touch the dough or mix it until its smooth. It's going to look chunky and weird, just make sure you incorporated all of the flour that seems to gather at the bottom of the bowl.

2. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and then a cloth napkin and place somewhere warm it won't be disturbed. Let sit for between 8 to 18 hours. I usually mix mine up around 10pm and then make around 10am the next morning and the flavor is lovely.

 
 

3. After your dough has rested for 8 - 18 hours it will look like the above picture! The dough will rise, flatten and bubble! Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Once oven is preheated, place a 6-quart Dutch oven (with cover) in oven 30 minutes before baking.

 
 

4. Flour your hands and the top of the dough. Generously flour a sheet of parchment paper; using hand scrape sides of dough and transfer dough to parchment. Quickly and gently fold each edge over itself to create a nice round ball. This can feel daunting because the dough is so sticky but the more you do it the more you'll get the hang of it. I fold my edges over a few times and then place in the center of my parchment. Cover with plastic wrap and towel and let sit while your oven and dutch oven preheats.

 
 

5. VERY CAREFULLY remove 450 degree Dutch oven from oven. Uncover your dough, score in an X, a square, or any design you'd like. For this special VDAY post, I tried to make a heart. <3 Lift up corners of parchment and carefully place dough in your dutch oven, and place cover back on as soon as possible, this traps the heat, which allows this loaf to rise and become so crusty.

 
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6. Bake bread 45 minutes covered, then another 5 - 10 minutes uncovered until dough is baked through and golden brown on top. Cool slightly before slicing.