Sunflower bread

A delicious pull out Sunflower bread that is shaped like a golden sunflower. Looks beautiful but tastes even better!

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The sunflower bread is definitely not one of my quick recipe, in fact it is quite a labour intensive process. But the final product is sooooo worth it. Not only you will be super pleased with the results yourself but it is sure to wow your family and the guests!

I have used an enriched dough here which basically means enriching the basic dough of flour, water, sugar and yeast with higher percentage of fat, sugar, dairy or starch. The result is melt in the mouth pillowy ‘petal’.

I wanted to pair this bread with pumpkin and pear soup so decided to stuff it with pumpkin seed pesto. However, you can stuff your bread with any of the following options or keep it plain and simple with sprinkling of sesame seeds.

  1. Spinach and paneer
  2. Coriander chutney
  3. Cheese and finely chopped jalapenos
  4. Finely chopped olives and jalapenos
  5. Finely chopped toasted pistachio and sugar
  6. Or get creative and make your own filling 🙂

Do try and let me know how it turned out for you.

Other stuffed bread recipes you can check:

  1. Chili cheese loaf (eggless)
  2. Katlama bread (layered flatbread)
  3. Sticky and gooey eggless rolls with rose sugar 
  4. Eggless pull apart pizza/calzone loaf 

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39 thoughts on “Sunflower bread”

  1. Hey, I made this today and it turned out soft, beautiful and delicious! Thank you so much!
    (And I think you mean 10 inches and not cm as mentioned in the recipe?)

    1. Hi Anuradha, so wonderful to know that the bread turned out well for you 🙂 and thank you so much for pointing out about the cm. Just corrected! 🙂

  2. This was great. I made it with my batch of frozen already-proved bread dough. I used my version of almond/sunflower seed pesto (my recipes are on my insta handle @chezjayy) and also Gouda cheese. It was wonderful and looked great. Thanks for the lovely detailed recipe!

  3. Thank you Hema for this amazing recipe. I made it with sweet twist and it tasted great. Also for guiding me through this journey of baking .

  4. Hi, I tried it today. It’s comes out too tasty but my petals were breaking when I was twisting them so I twisted them. two times only. Can you please tell me what mistake I had done. Thank you for sharing this mouth watering recipe.

    1. Hi Shruti, thank you for trying the bread and I am glad you enjoyed it too. About the petals,
      1. did you use pesto or some other filling?
      2. if you used pesto, was it too watery? Watery filling can make the twisting much messier and trickier
      3. Was your dough soft and pliable during second proofing?
      let me know these details so that I can help you further on.

    1. Hello Savita,
      I have given many different options in lieu of pumpkin seed pesto. Do have a look at the write up of the post.

    1. Neelam, thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 Do let me know how it turned out for you. Till then, happy baking!

  5. Hi. Got inspired from this and made one with rosemary garlic cheese stuffing. Used another recipe though but the inspiration was surely ur beautiful sunflower

    1. Hello Hetal,
      Good to know that my recipe inspired you to make the sunflower bread with the variations given. Do tag me on Instagram/Facebook with your picture. Would love to see your creation! 🙂

  6. It looks so awesome.!!You said plain flour here..is it the all purpose flour or the wheat flour.?

  7. One of the best pizza dough we ever tasted. It is soo easy and instructions are very clear my 13year old did the recipe by himself. Thank you Hema providing the easy and yet tasty recipe .

    1. Thank you so much Mamatha 🙂 My blog is just a day old and you have given me so much motivation, you have no idea 🙂 will always remember this. Thank you so much!!!

      1. Prashakha Jain

        Hey Hema just wanted to kno if we could avoid using potato in the dough as being a Jain I can’t use potato as some family members don’t eat potato..
        Please lemme know what I can replace it with

        1. Potato is adding starch to the dough in this recipe which enhances the softness. Maybe try another form of starch and see how the end product is. Though I can’t be absolutely certain since I haven’t tried it, starchy sticky rice might do the trick. Do let me know if you try it.

  8. Is there a way we can replace yeast? I want to try it out asap but don’t have yeast at home. It looks so tempting and mouthwatering. ??

    1. Thank you so much Aparna. The texture of this bread is dependent on the yeast so unfortunately, I doubt you will get the similar results. I haven’t tried this bread with sourdough so can’t comment.

  9. Wow!! This looks so beautiful ?. I want to try it. I checked even pesto recipe, and that is sooo perfect as my lil one is allergic to nuts. Wish me good luck. And I will let you know how it turned out.

      1. I made it today for dinner along with your pumpkin and pear soup. Both turned out awesome. Everyone in the family liked it. Thank you for the yummy recipe.

  10. Jayant C Kathrani

    Dear Hema,
    First of all I wish to congratulate you on your new venture and also would like to inform you that your blog is awesome with lots of new recipes. I wish you all the very best for the wonderful job you are doing and wish you success in your new venture.
    Best regards,
    Jayant C. Kathrani

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 You can substitute milk powder by increasing the quantity of the milk. Use 1 tbsp of milk at a time ensuring that the dough does not become too lumpy. Do let me know how it turned out for you. Happy baking!

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