Black Sesame Bread

Black Sesame Bread

If you're going to use sesame seeds in bread dough, it's much better to use ground sesame seeds. The fragrance and flavor are so different from whole sesame.
You'll be surprised how delicious it is without any extra spreads or condiments. It's difficult to develop the gluten in the dough with ground sesame, so do that first before adding it.

Ingredients: 1 loaf

Bread (strong) flour
300 g
Ground black sesame seeds
45 g
30 g
30 g
Skim milk powder
30 g
5 g (4.5 g)
Dried yeast
1 teaspoon
210 ml


1. If you don't have skim milk powder, coffee creamer is fine. But I'm not sure which is more expensive? If you have this on hand though, it's fine to use instead of skim milk powder in this bread recipe.
2. Measure out the ingredients. The skim milk powder tends to form lumps, so mix it up with a spoon or something before you start kneading the dough.
3. When the dough has been kneaded about 80% of the way, mix the ground sesame seeds in. Once the sesame seeds are evenly distributed into the dough, it's done.
4. Put on a warm place to rise, until the dough has doubled in volume.
5. When it's doubled or so in volume, punch it down and divide into 3 portions.
6. It's best to weigh the the dough as you divide it. Leave the dough to rest for 10 minutes.
7. I use the U-shaped dough method. This is to taste, so if you aren't fond of firm crusts you could use the oval or round shaped dough method. To follow my preferred method, roll each piece of dough out into a rectangle, and then roll each piece up to form 3 sausage shapes.
8. Put each dough sausage into a bread mold in a alternate facing U shapes, as shown in the photo. Level out the surface and push the dough into the corners. Leave to rise again (2nd rising).
9. The dough will puff up to fill the bread mold. When it's risen enough to up to fill the mold about 80 to 90% of the way, start baking it. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 200°C.
10. When it's done baking, tap on the mold to expel some steam, then take the bread out of the mold.
11. I forgot to turn the mold on its side halfway through the baking time so the sides aren't brown. It's better to turn it on its side about 15-20 minutes in, to brown the sides of the bread.
12. Whichever part of this bread you slice, it'll be packed with sesame, sesame, sesame. Sooo good.

Story Behind this Recipe

Crushed up sesame seeds are so much more fragrant and tasty than whole ones. You have to use them ground up, just like how sesame sauce on vegetables is better when made with ground sesame.