This is my F I R S T R E C I P E V I D E O ever! I was so stressed while recording it that I got a bit of a tension headache. Then I spent like 3 hours editing it and was like, “Why did I think I had to get it perfect the first time?” Anyway, baking and cooking should be a relaxing experience, and so I hope this bread baking is relaxing for you.
Have you seen the no knead four ingredient bread recipes floating around the internet? I’m not super experienced with bread baking (aside from living vicariously through bakers on The Great British Baking Show) so I gave a couple of those easy recipes a shot, experimented with a couple ingredients, and then jazzed it up with some sweet rice flour to make it a little more stretchy than the average loaf, not to mention the sesame seeds and sesame oil for an amazing toasty flavor. I love it, and it reminds me of a healthy version of jin dui without the bean or lotus paste. Oh, toasty, sweet, greasy jin dui. Do yourself a favor, go out for dim sum, and order some jin dui. And other tasty dim sum. Anyway, this Toasted Sesame Bread is way less unhealthy and is super delicious.
Toasted Sesame Seed Bread
2 C unbleached all purpose flour
½ C unbleached bread flour
½ C sweet rice flour (available at Asian markets; sub another ½ C bread flour if you don’t have or can’t find this)
½ tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp white sesame seeds, toasted
1 Tbsp black sesame seeds, toasted
1½ C warm water
2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil, divided
Sift or pat through a mesh strainer the flours over a medium bowl: all-purpose, bread, and sweet rice. Stir flour mixture around, then scoop 3 cups of the mixture into a large bowl. Set the leftover flour in your medium bowl aside for later.
Add the yeast, salt, sesame seeds, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, and warm water to the 3 C flour mixture and combine just until evenly incorporated. Cover the bowl and let rise for 8-24 hours. I prefer mine to have a less fermented taste, so I like to let mine rise for a shorter amount of time, like 16 hours max, although I left mine for 24 hours in the video. Of course, if you’re out running errands or sleeping or going on a day trip and forget, letting this dough rise for 24 hours will still be great.
Once the dough has risen, heat the oven to 450F and put your baking pan of choice in the oven. I like to use my Dutch oven since it’s deep, thick, and has a nicely fitting cover. While the oven and pan are preheating, grab that extra flour from earlier and sprinkle some flour over a smooth surface like a countertop or cutting board. Also flour your hands. Carefully pull the dough out of the bowl, place it on the floured surface, and pick any leftover pieces out of the bowl and add it to the dough. Grab some of the dough from the bottom and pull it up to the top. If it sticks to your hands too much, add more flour to your hands, your work surface, or sprinkle onto the bread. Don’t be shy with that extra flour! Continue pulling all around the bread. Turn the bread upside down so any seams will be on the bottom of the loaf. Let the dough sit for 30 minutes, or if you’re impatient like me, until your oven is fully heated.
Carefully pull your baking pan out of the oven, add the remaining 1 Tbsp of sesame oil to the pan, and spread it around using a paper towel while wearing an oven mitt that at least covers your wrist so you don’t burn yourself – that baby is hot! Carefully plop the dough into your baking pan, enjoy the little sizzle sound, add some more toasted sesame seeds to the top of the dough, cover the pan, and bake for 30-35 minutes. Uncover, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Cool the loaf on a wire rack until it’s cool. This loaf will be good wrapped in foil for about a week, but it tastes way better the first couple of days after baking. Enjoy with some roasted tomato soup, eat as avocado toast, a hole in one, or, one of my fav combos: cream cheese, lavender, and honey. How would you enjoy your toasty slice?