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The Everything Bread

Posted on | September 28, 2011 | 8 Comments

I love this bread.  You can use whatever seeds or other toppings you have at home and create a different loaf each time.  I used coarse salt, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, black sesame seeds, and flax seeds as toppings for this loaf.  I have also used dried minced onions and pumpkin seeds before.  This loaf of bread does not only taste delicious, it also looks amazing.


  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup / 180 ml lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  • 1 cup / 240 ml lukewarm milk
  • 1/4 cup / 60 g butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup / 150 g whole wheat flour
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups / 360-420 g all purpose flour


  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tsp water
  • topping of your choice: coarse salt, flax seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, sun flower seeds, dried, minced onions etc


In a small bowl, dissolve the 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar in the lukewarm water.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the lukewarm milk, softened butter, 1 tablespoon of sugar, egg yolk, and the salt.   Then add the yeast mixture, the whole wheat flour, and the 1 cup of the all-purpose flour to the milk-butter mix. Mix well with an electric mixer or a large spoon.  Then stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a smooth yet firm dough.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for up to 8 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.  Place the dough in a big and lightly greased bowl.  Turn the dough to ensure that all sides of the dough ball are lightly greased.  Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it rise at a warm location until it doubled in size.  This will take about 1 hour.

Punch the dough down; divide into thirds.  Make ropes out of each third, the length of the ropes is up to you.  Mine were about 20 inches / 50 cm long.  Braid the ropes on a floured baking sheet. Seal the ends and tuck them under the loaf.  Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise until doubled.  This will take approximately 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375°F / 190°C.

Mix the egg white with the water and braise the loaf.  Sprinkle desired toppings over the loaf.  I used coarse salt, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, black sesame seeds, and poppy seeds.

Bake at 375°F / 190°C for 20-28 minutes or until golden brown.

Guten Appetit!!!

Source:  slightly adapted from Taste of Home, one of the 2010 issues


8 Responses to “The Everything Bread”

  1. Anna
    September 28th, 2011 @ 17:34

    Your bread is perfect! We need more versatile and easy to make recipes…Post more please!Thanks!

  2. Jo L
    September 29th, 2011 @ 16:01

    This bread is beautiful and the recipe sounds great. When I find the black sesame seeds, I will make my loaf

  3. BalticMaid
    September 29th, 2011 @ 17:57

    Thank you both for your kind comments. They are very much appreciated.

  4. BalticMaid
    September 29th, 2011 @ 17:59

    @ Jo L: You could omit the black sesame seeds and use regular ones or whatever other seeds you feel like using for that matter. Hope you’ll try it!

  5. Priscilla M
    October 3rd, 2011 @ 09:56

    I wish my bread could come out this beautiful. When it comes to making bread, I’m all thumbs. Thanks for the recipe, I will give this one a try. Maybe I’ll have better luck :)

  6. BalticMaid
    October 3rd, 2011 @ 20:32

    Thanks for your comment. I really hope it’ll work for you. Good luck!!!

  7. Chelsie
    November 6th, 2012 @ 17:05

    I absolutely love this bread recipe. My friend, who is going to culinary school, sent me your website. I make this bread all the time! I use 3c whole wheat and 1-1.5 c white flour though. And usually I put a little rosemary inside the loaf. Then, before it goes in the oven, I put course sea salt and more rosemary on top. This is a delicious bread that is super easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!!

  8. BalticMaid
    November 10th, 2012 @ 17:20

    @ Chelsie: Thank you so much! I love that you use whole wheat flour. It makes the bread healthier, I love it! And using rosemary sounds so tasty… Thanks again for your comment! <3

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