Jo Wheatley's sunflower seed rolls recipe

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These sunflower seed rolls are the perfect little dinner rolls that everyone will love. Plus, they're great for BBQs when the sun is out. Head to for more recipes

Preparation Time1 hours 30 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time1 hours 50 mins
Cost RangeCheap

These sunflower seed rolls, by Great British Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley, are the perfect little dinner rolls that everyone will love. Plus, they're great for BBQs when the sun is out!


  • 170g strong white flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 170g strong wholemeal flour
  • 7g easy-blend/fast action yeast
  • 1tsp salt
  • 275ml buttermilk
  • 1tbsp clear honey
  • 50ml sunflower oil
  • 100g sunflower seeds
  • 1tbsp full-fat milk

You will also need


  • 12-hole muffin tin, lightly oiled




  1. Tip both of the flours into a large mixing bowl, add the yeast and salt, mix to combine and make a well in the centre.
  2. Warm the buttermilk in a small pan until lukewarm, then add the honey and sunflower oil and mix to combine. Pour into the well in the dry ingredients and mix to a soft dough. Knead the dough either in a free-standing mixer fitted with a dough hook for 6 minutes or by hand for 10 minutes.
  3. Once the dough is smooth and elastic, add 75g of the sunflower seeds and knead again until thoroughly combined. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a large mixing bowl; cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead again for 1 minute to knock back. Divide into 12 even pieces, shape into neat balls and place either in the muffin tins. Cover with oiled cling film and leave for another hour until well risen and springy.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
  6. Gently brush the rolls with milk, sprinkle with the remaining sunflower seeds and bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 15–20 minutes until golden brown and well risen. Remove from tins and cool on wire racks.
Top Tip for making Jo Wheatley's sunflower seed rolls

If you have 12 small terracotta pots then you can cook the rolls in them instead

Jo Wheatley
Celebrity chef

Essex-based 51 year old Jo Wheatley rose to fame in 2011 when she became the second winner of the now much beloved TV show The Great British Bake Off. While the show was in it’s very early stages it was impossible to foresee the instant fame that adorned the winners - Jo explained she didn’t have any expectations of what winning the show could do to change her life and actually only applied on a whim! After her success on the show, Jo has gone on to accomplish many feats, including a bestselling author title with both of her books - A Passion for Baking and Home Baking. She’s also launched her own cookery school based from her home in Ongar. Her bakes and sweet treats are her signature style - such as her delicious sunflower seed rolls and raspberry and lemon pool cupcakes - and she’s appeared on multiple TV shows such as The One Show and The Alan Titchmarsh Show, giving demonstrations of her bakes to share her passion and guidance with viewers.