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.