Sesame bread

Sesame bread

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Makes
1 large loaf
Photographer
Peter Cassidy

This loaf has the unusual addition of cooked rice, which keeps it very moist, and as the dough is so soft, it requires hardly any kneading. The recipe calls for jasmine rice but in fact any rice can be used. Leftover cooked rice (about 250g) could even be reheated in a microwave and incorporated into the dough, but must be reheated until piping hot, then cooled to warm.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
85g jasmine rice
15g fresh yeast
250ml tepid water
500g strong white flour, plus extra to dust
2 teaspoons salt
50g sesame seeds
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra to grease

Method

  1. Cook the rice in a small saucepan until soft, according to the packet instructions (not al dente, as you might to eat with a curry), then drain and leave in the sieve to cool until warm.
  2. Meanwhile, put the yeast in a small bowl and stir in 2–3 tbsp of the tepid water to dissolve.
  3. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl and stir in the sesame seeds. Now add the warm rice, mixing well. Stir in the yeast, swilling out the yeast bowl with some of the water, then stir in the oil and enough of the remaining water to make a soft dough, using a cutlery knife or wooden spoon.
  4. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave the dough to rise in a warm place for 1–1½ hours until doubled in size.
  5. Give the dough a light knead in the bowl (it will be too soft to knead in a traditional way). Then, with floured hands, shape it into a ball and elongate 2 ends using your fingers, to make a rugby ball shape. Place on an oiled baking sheet.
  6. Cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave to prove until it has increased in size by half again, and if you press the corner with your finger, it leaves an indent. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 220°C.
  7. Sift a little flour over the dough and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then lower the oven setting to 200°C and cook for a further 20–30 minutes. The loaf should feel light for its size and sound hollow when tapped on the base. Cool on a wire rack.
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