Seeded Bread

seed bread

Seeded bread

I haven’t been eating a lot of bread recently and had almost forgotten how therapeutic making it can be. The more stressed you are the better it will probably be as you can take it all out on the dough. Which, quite apart from how good homemade bread tastes, is a great reason for making it, I think.

You can of course buy bread flour with seeds in but sometimes it is good to add your own mix. This bread has quite a high proportion of seeds along with wholemeal flour and for those reasons is quite a filling, dense bread. I have been eating it either first thing in the morning, toasted, with rhubarb jam, or for lunch with cheese. I have used pumpkin, sunflower and poppy seeds but you could substitute mixed seeds if you prefer.

I wasn’t really sure whether to add the seeds at the very beginning of the recipe or at the end of the first rise. I thought that right at the start might be too soon and the end of the first rise might be too late: either the seeds would not get properly distributed or I would end up kneading the risen dough too much. Eventually I decided to knead the dough for about five minutes before adding the seeds and continuing to knead it until it was ready for the first rise. Which may or may not have been the right thing to do but it seemed to give a good result.

homemade bread



250g wholemeal bread flour

250g white bread flour

15g fresh yeast / 7.5g fast action dried yeast

10g salt

350g water

100g pumpkin seeds

75g sunflower seeds

50g poppy seeds


Put the flours into a large bowl and add the yeast. Stir in the dried yeast or rub in the fresh.

Add the salt and the water and mix to a dough.

Tip out onto a surface and knead for around five minutes, until the dough starts to come together.


Poppy, pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Spread the dough out flat and cover the top of it with the seeds.

Continue to knead until all the seeds are evenly distributed and the dough feels smooth and silky.

Put into an oiled bowl and cover with oiled clingfilm or a tea towel. Leave to rise until at least doubled in size.

making bread

Ready to rise

When the dough is ready tip out onto a floured surface.

making bread

Ready to knock back

Knead briefly and shape into a loaf. Put on an oiled tray and slash the top with a serrated knife.

making seeded bread

Ready for the second rise

Cover with a tea towel or some oiled clingfilm and allow to rise again, until about doubled in size again.

Set the oven to 220ºC.

When the dough is ready bake for around 35-40 minutes, until well risen and browned and the base sounds hollow when tapped.

Allow to cool on a wire rack.

homemade bread

Seeded bread

Categories: Baking, Bread, Recipes

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16 replies

  1. Love it! I see we both make fabulous bread thanks to stress!!! 😉 Keep on kneading!!! I’ll give this a try for sure.

  2. This sure looks good! I love that you added seeds!

  3. This looks soooooo good; seeded bread is my absolute favourite, even though, like you, I don’t eat it as often as I’d like. Gorgeous pics too (and thanks for the recipe!) x

  4. Beautiful! I bet it was amazing.

  5. How did you know that I love seeded bread! This loaf looks gorgeous! Nothing beats homemade bread!

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