In a saucepan heat enough water to cover the seeds, to a boil. Pour over sunflower seeds and let sit in the refrigerator overnight.
Combine yeast and milk into a Kitchen Aid bowl, or other dough mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients, starting with the bread flour, then everything else on top. Mix with dough hook on low. Develop gluten with machine on medium for approximately 13 to 15 minutes until dough is smooth and springs back when touched.
Turn dough out into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk.
Punch down dough and let relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Divide it into two pieces. Form pieces into loaf shapes. Place in loaf pans. Allow to rise for another 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Eggwash each loaf and with a sharp knife score top. Bake in a 350 degree F oven until golden brown and bottom when rapped sounds hollow; approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
Courtesy of Marina Brancely, Pastry Chef of Blue Ginger Restaurant