2 loaves, 12 servings each

The reader's son is a picky eater, but he always asks for this bread. The daughter of the reader loves it too. Sometimes they go through as many as two loaves a week.

How to Make It

Step 1

Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water in a large bowl, and let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon the flours into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Stir all-purpose flour, 2 cups whole-wheat flour, vegetable oil, and salt into yeast mixture. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes), and add enough of the remaining whole-wheat flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking.

Step 2

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down; cover dough and let rest 20 minutes. Divide dough in half. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to keep from drying), roll each portion into a 6 x 4-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Roll up each rectangle tightly, starting with a long edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam and ends to seal. Place rolls, seam sides down, in 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 4

Uncover dough. Combine sunflower seed kernels, oats, and margarine; brush over loaves. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.

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Ratings & Reviews

Jen621's Review

June 30, 2011

rebeccaf's Review

March 29, 2010
We love this bread! I am making it for the second time. And it is an incredibly easy recipe. We liked it plain, with apple butter or as part of a delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

Karlamkarmo's Review

April 04, 2009
Finally!! After many tragic attempts at making bread, I finally was successful with this recipe. I used bread flour instead of the all-purpose and olive oil instead of vegetable oil. I added the oil to the yeast mixture after it rose so that it'd be easier to mix and didn't prepare as much flour as indicated (3cups white and 2cups wheat) I didn't mix it all in either, initially added all but 1/2 cup of the first measured amounts of flour and worked that remaining 1/2 cup in kneeding.... the rest of the flour I didn't need. I'm not sure I'd let it rest 20 min the next time because it rose again, maybe only 5-10 min. Still made a yummy light loaf though.

sarahkaye's Review

March 03, 2009
Perfect wheat bread recipe - this makes very light loaves for a wheat bread. I've made it dozens of times and am always happy with the results.