Pain du Soleil

Eva from SweetSins is hosting BBD#6 created a few months ago by zorra whose first post for BBD can be found here. I am happy to include my Pain du Soleil into this event. Baking breads give me the most satisfaction of all my cooking experiences.Sun-dried tomatoes give this sun-shaped bread a rosy hue while Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper add some pizzazz to make this a perfect accompaniment for soups and stews. Using the dough cycle of a bread machine to save time in kneading, the ingredients are combined in the machines pan and in a few hours, you have a nice, smooth dough to make the smiling sun.Although shaping the dough looks difficult, a bowl placed in the center of the round facilitates cutting the sunrays into even sections. The bowl in then removed and each section is twisted three times to make the rays.Pain du SoleilMakes one 1 1/2 pound 14 inch round flatbread with 16 sunrays3 cups bread flour-I used King Arthur Artisan Bread Flour2 1/2 teaspoon bread machine yeast1 cup water1/4 cup fruity olive oil1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper1/4 cup minced sun dried tomatoesCombine all ingredients in the bread machine pan except for the minced sun-dried tomatoes. Process on the dough cycle adding the minced sun-dried tomatoes after the first knead. When finished, remove the dough to a lightly floured board and punch down. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Roll the dough into a 14 inch round and transfer to parchment paper liberally dusted with cornmeal. Place a bowl about 4 1/2 inches in diameter in the center of the dough. Then cut the dough from the bowl outward into four sections, then eight sections and finally into sixteeths. Remove the bowl. You now have sixteen sections radiating from the center of the sun. Dust the top with flour, then twist each sunray three times.Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Slide the sun bread still on the parchment onto a baking sheet and let rise until puffy, about 20 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes, or until brown. Cool. Best served the day it’s made.Recipe from “Rustic European Breads From Your Bread Machine” by Linda West Eckhardt and Diana Collingwood Butts.


  1. Brilynn
    February 1, 2008 / 8:50 pm

    I just want to break off one of those rays of sunshines, slather on some butter and take a bite!

  2. Kalyn
    February 2, 2008 / 2:52 am

    That bread is just beautiful! (And I’m not just saying that because I’m seriously sun-deprived at the moment either!)

  3. Eva
    February 2, 2008 / 7:25 am

    Wow, that’s what I call a proper sun! I especially like that the rays are twisted so nicely. Thanks for participating!

  4. Annina
    February 2, 2008 / 2:11 pm

    hey! I really like your blog! So I posted your link on my one: hope this is ok! I’m also on daring bakers! 🙂 CU bye, Annina (Ann)

  5. Lynnylu
    February 2, 2008 / 3:17 pm

    Brilynn-the sun bread is great for a casual meal where everyone can just pull off a piece and enjoy.Kalyn-thanks. I lived in Illinois for 6 years and can certainly understand your sun-deprived state.Eva-thanks, I’m happy to participate in BBD#6.Annina-thanks, I’m pleased you linked to me on your blog.

  6. Lori Lynn
    February 4, 2008 / 4:30 pm

    I have never seen bread baked like that. How delightful! It can be an edible centerpiece. Love it.

  7. zorra
    February 5, 2008 / 10:05 am

    What a beautiful sunrise! Your bread is stunning.

  8. Petra aka Cascabel
    February 5, 2008 / 10:14 am

    What an absolutely lovely bread! I will have to try this.

  9. Lynnylu
    February 5, 2008 / 1:03 pm

    lori lynn-I was surprised at how simple the bread was to shape into the sun.zorra-thanks, it’s one I will make again with different doughs.petra aka cascabel-thanks, the bread machine makes it an easy yeast bread.

  10. Susan from Food Blogga
    February 5, 2008 / 2:02 pm

    That’s too pretty to eat. Well, I think my arm could be twisted. 😉

  11. Lien
    February 6, 2008 / 9:31 am

    This looks amazing! What a great idea for a party-bread!! Another one for my baking-list!! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Lynnylu
    February 9, 2008 / 11:26 am

    Susan-thanks, cupcakes are tempting!lien-thanks, the bread would look great on sideboard as part of a buffet.

  13. Y
    February 24, 2008 / 11:36 am

    What a cool looking bread. Great as a tasty centrepiece at a dinner party 🙂

  14. Lynnylu
    March 4, 2008 / 9:33 pm

    Y-thanks. I plan serving it for a casual dinner party soon.

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