Rustic Multiseed Wheat Bread

This is a versatile, rustically handsome loaf with a crusty top, surprising lightness, and pleasing nutty taste and aroma.

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This is a versatile, rustically handsome loaf with a crusty top, surprising lightness, and pleasing nutty taste and aroma.



  • 3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. rapid-rising, instant, or bread machine yeast
  • 1/4 cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds, plus 2 Tbs. for garnish
  • 2 1/2 Tbs. molasses
  • 2 1/2 Tbs. vegetable oil, plus more for brushing dough
  • 4 Tbs. mixed seeds (use at least 2 kinds: brown flax, golden flax, sesame, or millet), for garnish


1. Mix 2 cups water with 1 cup ice cubes in bowl. Combine 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, whole-wheat flour, salt, and yeast in separate bowl. Stir in sunflower seeds. Measure 2 cups ice water, and combine with molasses and oil in third bowl. Vigorously stir molasses mixture into flour mixture. (Dough should be slightly stiff; stir in just enough additional flour to stiffen dough slightly, if necessary.) Brush dough top with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let rise at room temperature 8 to 12 hours (first rise).

2. Vigorously stir dough, scraping down bowl sides. Stir in remaining ı/4 cup flour, plus more as necessary to yield stiff but stirrable dough. Oil 9- x 5-inch loaf pan or 3.5-qt. Dutch oven. Coat bottom and sides of pan or Dutch oven with mixed seeds. Transfer dough to prepared pan or Dutch oven, and smooth surface with spatula or well-oiled fingertips. Press remaining 2 Tbs. sunflower seeds on top of loaf. Cut slash down center of loaf or score dough in Dutch oven with large X using sharp knife. Cover with plastic wrap oiled on side facing dough.

3. Let dough rise 1ı/4 to 2ı/2 hours at room temperature (second rise). Second rise alternatives: let dough stand in turned-off microwave with 1 cup boiling water 45 minutes to 1ı/2 hours for accelerated rise; for extended rise, refrigerate up to 48 hours, then set out at room temperature.

4. Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove plastic wrap, place loaf in oven, reduce temperature to 400°F, and bake, uncovered,

30 to 35 minutes, or until top is well browned. Cover with foil; bake 20 to 25 minutes more, or until skewer inserted in thickest part of loaf comes out with just a few particles. Bake 5 minutes more to ensure doneness. Cool 15 minutes in pan; unmold, and cool on wire rack.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 236
  • Carbohydrate Content 39 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 6 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 6 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 359 mg
  • Sugar Content 3 g