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One thing I have enjoyed since becoming a stay-at-home wife is baking more bread. I really do enjoy making bread, but it’s not something that I could usually pull off on a weeknight, and the weekends would get so hectic that setting aside a few hours to bake bread rarely happened. But now that I’m home every day, I’ve been able to make bread a few times. Now the only problem is that my husband isn’t a big bread eater, so I’ve probably been eating more bread than I should be!!

The original title of this recipe is a Three-Seed Crown Loaf. There are supposed to be sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and sunflower seeds. But for some reason, after shopping at 2 different stores, I couldn’t find any sunflower seeds. But then – as it normally happens – now that I’ve already made the bread, I’m finding sunflower seeds everywhere!!

This recipe claims that it is so easy that even a bread novice could make it. I agree that it was pretty easy, but I wouldn’t say this was the best tasting bread I’ve ever had. It calls for 4 cups of whole wheat flour, and I did have whole wheat and half white flour. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it. The rolls were good, but not something I want to make over and over again. But I do love the look of the rolls, and think that maybe with some tweaking, this would be a great recipe. And it could be that I like the lighter texture of a white roll and I just need to get used to baking with whole wheat. Maybe it’s time for some experimentation…

Crown Loaf
adapted from Cooking Club of America Cooking Essentials

Makes 8 rolls

2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 envelope instant yeast
1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Measure the flour, salt, and yeast into a mixing bowl. Measure the water into a cup, then stir in the honey and 2 tablespoons of oil. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients.

Mix with the paddle attachment to form a soft dough. The dough should be wet enough to cling to the bowl; add more lukewarm water if necessary.

Change to the dough hook, or turn out onto a floured surface to knead. Knead the dough for 10 minutes.

Rub the teaspoon of oil in a large bowl. Put the dough in the bowl, turning to coat with water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it stand in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled.

Turn out the dough and pat flat. Shape into a round, cut into 8 wedges, then roll into balls. Dip half the balls in the poppy seeds and the other half of the balls in sesame seeds.

Grease an 8-inch springform pan. Place the balls in the pan and let rise for 35-40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450F. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 400F and cook for 20 minutes longer. Remove the springform catch, remove the bread from the pan, and let cool on a wire rack.

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29 Responses to Crown Loaf

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    It looks wonderful! The perfect kind of loaf for parties or picnics!



  2. Colleen says:

    They look beautiful!

  3. Kristen says:

    I think your stay at home wife role is suiting you well. This looks fantastic!

  4. Ryley says:

    Making more bread it definitly a perk of not working!!!
    I’ve never really been a bread maker but just because I dont have the time. I wish I did. I love homemade bread sooo much.. And luckily both me and my husband are big bread eaters! (well.. not so lucky for my pants i guess….)

  5. Lisa says:

    I like how there is different seeds on the rolls.

  6. Maria says:

    I wish I had more time to bake bread. It takes a big chunk out of the day! Glad you are finding time. This one looks fantastic!

  7. Suzana says:

    I find baking bread very therapeutic and inspiring. That seems just my kind of bread!

  8. Mandy says:

    Yes, I admit bread intimidates me…but my boyfriend loves it so much. I started using whole wheat this year and it does change the taste of some foods, but it is much healthier. Love the pictures, really enjoy your blog my dear!

  9. glamah16 says:

    That looks great!. Your at home for good now. Enjoy !

  10. Elle says:

    Love the look of the loaf with the different seeds…it’s a lovely pull apart type bread, although I usually think of them as being mostly white flour delicate. Glad you are finding time to bake more bread. Doesn’t the house smell great?

  11. Cakespy says:

    Absolute. Carboyhydrate. Perfection. !!

  12. HoneyB says:

    That is one beautiful photo! Love all the different seeds.

  13. Mary says:

    Your rolls look absolutely wonderful.

  14. Darius T. Williams says:

    LOL – don’t you hate when you’re looking for something and can’t find it – THEN after you’ve moved on…it’s in your face? Argh!

    But great looking bread!


  15. sunita says:

    The picture made me smile….I made something similar too 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying your time 🙂

  16. Andrea says:

    Well the bread looks lovely, anyway. But that’s pretty much par for the course for you! I hope if you make an modifications in the future you’ll share! Although I’m pretty sure it would disappear in this house in under two days, anyway!

  17. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, the rolls look so tender! I love how they are topped with different seeds.

  18. Happy cook says:

    It looks so good. as yo are staying home we are lucky to see lot of delicious bake from you.

  19. Mary says:

    I think baking bread is one of the best things about being a housewife too! I’ve found that it’s kinda fun to make one loaf and see if I like it and then make a different kind the next time. Also, the library is a great resource for a variety of bread cookbooks. And now that I found instant yeast at GFS there will be WAY more bread going on!
    Your rolls do look pretty!

  20. kellypea says:

    Well it certainly looks beautiful! I love all the seeds and am smiling about your being able to find "pipas" everywhere now. Funny on the flavor — good amount of salt & honey seems very nice.

  21. Grace says:

    i’ve seen this type of thing all over the place, but i never knew it was called a crown loaf. that’s clever. and we would all benefit from baking more bread. 🙂

  22. breadchick says:

    Now that is a pretty loaf of bread!

  23. Bellini Valli says:

    The blogsphere is filled with delcious bread recipes lately. Imagine the fragrance permeating from every kitchen!!

  24. kat says:

    It did turn out really pretty even if it wasn’t your favorite tasting bread

  25. Debbie says:

    Wow…they look great..

  26. Sophie says:

    How fun that you get to spend more time baking tasty breads like this one. It looks beautiful! 🙂

  27. Aimée says:

    They really look lovely! What a pretty way to round out my roast beef dinner!

  28. Peabody says:

    Gorgeous looking bread. Staying at home has lots and lots of advantages. Bread is one, not killing your co-workers is another. 😉

  29. ~~louise~~ says:

    I just had to borrow your link for Home Made Bread Day on my other blog.

    I hope you don’t mind. I am so not a bread baker and yours Crown Loaf looks GREAT!

    Thanks for sharing…

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