Well, I didn't time this recipe very well. It's still in progress, so I'll update the post with pictures and timing as I can. If you have a bread machine, you'll have an easy time with this recipe, as it's designed for it! If you don't have one, like me, it will take a bit more time to make, but you'll not be disappointed with the result! I've chosen to have a double rise time, but it's not really necessary. You can skip the first and head right to the second if you are pressed for time.
Sunflower Oatmeal Bread, (not sure of publication, recipe originally from Elvera Dallman of Franklin, Neb.)
1 cup plus 2 T water (70° to 80°F)
1/4 cup honey
2 T butter, softened
1 1/2 t. Salt
1/2 cup quick cooking oats (if you have old-fashioned oatmeal, simply chop it up a bit)
3 cups bread flour
2 T nonfat dry milk powder
2 1/4 t active dry yeast
1/2 c sunflower kernels, toasted
Bread machine directions:
In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed.)
Yield: 1 loaf, about 1 1/2 lbs.
Hand knead directions:
Combine flour, oats, dry milk, salt, sunflower kernels, and yeast. Slowly blend in butter and honey. Once combined, gradually add water. Knead until dough is smooth and not sticky, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add a bit of extra flour or water, as needed. Bread should feel almost velvetty when well kneaded. Let rise till double (about 1 hour, I think...mine's in this process now). Of you want, you can skip this first rise time and head right to the second. Place the bread dough in a greased loaf pan and let rise (again) till double. When you can lightly touch the top and it springs back, it's risen enough. Bake in a 350° oven till done for 20-25 minutes. (I hate that kind of instruction, I'll let you know how long mine takes. The bread should sound hollow when you knock on the crust, and the crust should be golden brown.) Enjoy!