You will be delighted how easy to it is to create this impressive Artisan Bread! And the great news is, you can use any seed combination that you like! This recipe has poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds and sunflower seeds. A perfect medley of flavors and textures! Watch the video below to see just how easy this bread is to whip up! (Printable Recipe is at the bottom of the post!)
3 cups bread flour
¼ tsp. dry active yeast
1 ¼ tsp. salt
2 T. sunflower kernels
2 T. pumpkin seeds
1 T. flax seeds
1 T. poppy seeds
1 T. sesame seeds
1 ⅝ cups water
For the topping: (optional)
1 T. of each kind of seeds, all mixed together
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, and salt, and all the seeds. Add the water and mix together with a wooden spoon until just combined. You will have a sticky, shaggy ball of dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 12-18 hours, and do not disturb!
After rising, the dough will be very sticky! Cover your hands with oil, then stretch the dough and fold it into thirds. Then turn the dough 90° and stretch it out again, and fold it into thirds.
Gently shape the lump into a loaf with the ends tucked under, set aside.
Pour the seed topping mixture onto a flat surface and spread it out, then roll the top and sides of the loaf in the seeds until it is well coated. Slash the top of the loaf, then allow the loaf to rest 15 minutes.
A few notes for the perfect bake:
Your oven should be very hot at 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and you should have a cast irons skillet heated in the oven. Transfer your loaf to the hot pan and get ready to pop it into the oven.
This next step is optional, but it will help your bread to form an amazing crust. For the best artisan style crust, you need to form steam in the oven just as the loaf goes in.
Some bakers us a spray bottle of water and spray inside the oven to create this steam. I have found that the easiest way for me is to just throw a few ice cubes in right before I pop the bread in.
The steam in the oven will allow your bread to expand for longer before the crust hardens, and give you bigger bubbles and a better texture!
Bake 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing!
And that all there is to making amazing artisan seed bread. Please let me know how your loaf turns out! I loved this bread spread with cream cheese, or for a super delish grilled cheese sandwich.