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A happy sunflower white bread recipe

A happy sunflower white bread recipe

This sunflower white bread recipe caught my attention immediately.

One of the first Italian phrases I noticed when I arrived in Italy was: “Anche l’occhio vuole la sua parte”, grossly translating means that the eyes want their part too.

Something should also please our sight. And obviously I apply it to food too. There are some Italian biscuits called “brutti ma buoni” (ugly but tasty), and it is the proof that a dish should also please our tastes, including the sight.

I admit I love to prepare beautiful dishes. But I also look for simple recipes, doable by me and anyone else. The other day my sister showed me a recipe on a magazine that was beautiful indeed, but sooo complicated that I didn’t even keep the recipe. Those ones I leave for the pastry shops ;-).

I found this recipe on the same blog I had found the Sunny Spinach Pie. It is called Zenzero e Limone and the blogger had found this recipe on Breadcrumb blog which seems to have found it elsewhere… well, the oldest post with this recipe seems to be on a Rumanian blog posted on Alpril 13th 2009 – as I don’t understand Rumanian, I don’t know if they credit any other blog for this beautiful white bread recipe.

When I began to write this blog, I decided I’d follow the same guidelines (I would say also values) I read on David Lebovitz blog. Credit has to be given. It is a must. I wouldn’t feel comfortable with myself not revealing who inspired me.

Back to the sunflower bread, I shot a lot of photos to show a (maybe too detailed) step by step recipe (see below). It isn’t difficult, but much easier than you imagine. Also for this recipe, it’s the idea that is fantastic and preparing it is simple enough to be repeated by anyone. The photos you see are from my first try and aren’t that bad ;-).

After 1 1/2, 2 hours, the dough is ready to be used.

white bread recipe

Divide the dough in 3 pieces: a large one, a medium and a smaller piece.

white bread recipe

Take the biggest part and divide it in 5 equal parts.

white bread recipe

Roll the first piece giving it a round shape.

white bread recipe

Put it on the oven pan covered with parchment paper. Brush it with olive oil.

white bread recipe

Repeat the process for the next 4 pieces, putting one over the other.

white bread recipe

Using a pizza cutter, equal all dough circles.

white bread recipe

white bread recipe

Using a sharp knife, make 5 cuts in the middle of the circles of dough.

white bread recipe

white bread recipe

Take each “petal” and open it.

white bread recipe

white bread recipe

Repeat the same with the second piece of dough (medium), making circles that fit inside the first ones

white bread recipe

Use the last piece (smaller) to use as the sunflower center.

white bread recipe

Beat lightly a yolk with milk and brush all the bread with the mixture.

white bread recipe

Add sesame seeds and bake for 10 minutes at 200°C/392°F and then 20 minutes at 180°C/356°F.

white bread recipe



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