Homemade Mixed Seed Bread

September 4, 2011

Finally, my bread making skill is getting improved. In the past, I always ended up getting a heavy dry hard bread. Recently, I found a place where I can learn how to make bread. So, I decided to take a bread making class couple weeks ago. Even thought it was only 2-day classes, but it was worthed. The class was all about bread making by hands. So, everyone can go home and can easily make bread at home. So, this weekend I tried to make bread again. Ta-da! It worked! I finally get a nice soft bread and it doesn't have weird smelling too. This Homemade Mixed Seed Bread is perfect for breakfast. I added black and white sesame seeds, sunflower seends and pumpkin seeds in it. They gave a nice little crunchy and are good for health too! Now, I feel that making bread is not as hard as I think anymore!

Homemade Mixed Seed Bread
(for 3 medium loaves)

500 g Bread Flour
1 1/2 tsp Instant Yeast
3/4 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Black Sesame Seeds
1 tbsp White Sesame Seeds
3 tbsp Sunflower Seeds
2 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
30 g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
250 mL 40C water (50 mL hot water mixed with 250 mL room temperature water)

Sifting bread flour in a large bowl. Add in the instant yeast and salt (on the opposite side). Add in the brown sugar in the middle. Mixed well with your hand.

Add in butter. Mix well with the tip of your finger. Add in 1/3 of the water. Mix well. Repeat for 2 more times. If the dough is too wet ( stick to your hand), you can a little bit of flour 1 tbsp at a time. If the dough is too dry, add in 1 tbsp of water at a time. Knead the dough on a counter for 10 mins. When the dough is ready to rest, testing by poking your finger on the dough softly. It should spring back. Covered the bowl with a plastic wrap. Let it rest until it doubles the size for 1.5 hours.

After 1.5 hours, punch the dough. Knead several times. Let it rest for 10 mins. Then, divided the dough into 3 equal parts (mine was approximately 300 g each). Shape the dough and place in the mold. Let it double the size for another 30 mins.

Preheat the oven at 180C.

Bake for 25-30 mins. If the top part is browned so quickly, cover with aluminum foil. Once it's done. Remove from the mold and cool it on the rack completely.

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