Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Braided Sesame Bread


This is my family's favorite homemade bread. It is absolutely delicious!

Braided Sesame Bread
1⅓ cup buttermilk
¼ cup honey
1½ teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons wheat bran
⅔ cup unhulled sesame seeds
2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
1 egg

Toast the sesame seeds in a heavy pan over medium heat stirring frequently. Remove from heat when more than 50% of the seeds are browned and you hear frequent popping sounds. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the toasted seeds for topping.

Put all of the ingredients, except the 2 tablespoons of reserved sesame seeds and the egg, into the pan of your bread machine in the order listed. Insert the pan into the machine and run the dough setting following any manufacturer's instructions.

At the end of the cycle, remove the dough from the pan onto a large greased cookie sheet. Divide the dough into three equal pieces, and roll and stretch the three pieces into long snake like ropes. Attach the three ropes at one end by pinching together and braid fairly firmly. Pinch the other ends together and tuck the pinched parts underneath at both ends to form a pretty braided loaf shape.

Cover the loaf with a clean, dry dish towel, and allow to rise in a warm place for one hour.

After the loaf has risen, beat the egg in a small dish with a fork until well blended and frothy. Brush the loaf thoroughly with the egg. You may not need to use it all. Carefully sprinkle the entire loaf with the reserved sesame seeds. Bake at 350°F for approximately 25 minutes.

2 comments:

  1. That sounds like it would be a good thing to pull out on the table during the holidays to impress guests!

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