Wholemeal Spelt and Sunflower Seed Bread


  • 500g Doves Farm Organic Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  • 1 tsp Doves Farm Quick Yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 375ml tepid water
  • 100g sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • oil, for tin


  1. Put the flour, yeast and sugar into a large bowl and blend them together.
  2. Pour in the water, and stir until everything looks craggy and lumpy, then add the sunflower seeds and salt and stir to combine.
  3. Stir in the oil.
  4. Using your hands, gather everything together into a doughy mass.
  5. Knead the dough for 100 presses in the bowl or on a work surface.
  6. Cover the dough with a large upturned bowl and leave in a warm place for the dough to double in size, which will take about an hour.
  7. Rub some oil around the inside of a 1kg/2lb loaf tin.
  8. Knead the dough for another 100 presses.
  9. Shape the dough and put it into your prepared tin.
  10. Invert a large mixing bowl over the tin and leave it to rise in a warm place for 35 minutes.
  11. Pre-heat the oven.
  12. Remove the inverted bowl and bake for 40-45 minutes. You will know it’s done when the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
  13. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and leave to cool.