Sunflower Bread

Sunflower Shaped Sweet Bread
When I saw this beautiful bread on Chef Tess’s blog, I had to try it for myself. I mean, what a creative way to bring major attention to your average dinner roll. I can just picture this at a summer picnic, or even a formal dinner party. Instead of passing a basket of rolls around, have each guest grab a petal!

I picked out a simple sweet bread recipe that I have used several times in the past with great success. For decorating, I used a turmeric powder to make the dye and crushed blackberries for the center. The blackberries were tasty on the sweet bread, but I think you could use chocolate chips, some variety of seeds, or maybe another dye made from cocoa powder for the center. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment, I would love to hear your ideas!

So the question is… was it a difficult process? I thought it would be but it was actually quite simple. Aside from the dough rising and baking time, it took about 20 minutes to form and “color” the flower, and I had a lot of fun doing it!

He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me!

He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me!

Sunflower Bread Preparation Step 1

Sunflower Bread Preparation Step 1


Sunflower Bread Preparation Step 2

Sunflower Bread Preparation Step 2


Petal Dye

Petal Dye


Sunflower Bread Prebaked

Sunflower Bread Prebaked

Sweet Bread Recipe

Taken from All Recipes

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Instructions

  • Combine the milk, sugar, and yeast in the bread machine. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until frothy. Add remaining ingredients and start machine on the “dough” setting.
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Place dough on floured surface. Roll it into a nice soft ball.
  • Transfer to a greased baking sheet or baking stone, flatten into a circle.
  • Place a small dish or cleaned out jar upside down in the center of the circle. I used a small ramekin.
  • Lightly brush or mist dough with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle flour over the exposed dough.
  • Remove the dish or jar.
  • Using a knife, cut your petals about 3/4 of an inch. Then Gently lift and slightly pull out the petal, then turn it to the side. Do this for all petals and adjust them lengthwise so they match.

  • Next make the dye for the petals: crack one egg in a small dish, mix in turmeric (or curry powder) little by little until you get the color you like.
  • Use a new paintbrush to brush on the dye for each petal.
  • In a small dish, crush blackberries. Gently spoon them into the center.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
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