by - July 18, 2017

I have been seeing a lot of posts of people trying this “5 Thousand Dollars Starter Dough Bread Recipe”. This is a recipe that went viral on Chinese websites. I was curious to try it and my first attempt turned out very satisfactory. The bread is very soft and fluffy and I would readily recommend this as a must try recipe for anyone who loves to bake.

This recipe was adapted from Vivian Pang’s Kitchen. The original recipe is without the sesame. Adding the sesame gives the bread a lovely colour. You may omit the sesame if you do not like the taste.

Black Sesame Seeds Bread (5 Thousand Dollars Starter Dough Bread Recipe)

Yields: 2 Loaves (9×5 inch bread pans)


Starter dough:
210g bread flour
90g cake flour
24g caster sugar
6g instant dry yeast (1 ½ teaspoons)
240g water

Main dough:
210g bread flour
90g cake flour
50g black sesame seeds (toasted and blended)
70g caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
24g milk powder
2 eggs – Keep about 2 tablespoon for egg wash
54g water
72g unsalted butter, softened

Egg wash – 2 tablespoons of egg white and yolk mix with 1 teaspoon of water


Starter dough:

  1. Add all ingredients into the bowl of stand mixer. Using the dough hook on a stand mixer, knead until well combine.
  2. Cover the dough and let it to prove for 2-3 hours at room temperature.

Main dough:

  1. Add the rest of ingredients of main dough except butter into proved starter dough. Knead till well combine. Then, add in butter and continue knead until the dough comes together and elastic. It takes around 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Cover the dough and let it prove for 60 minutes or double in size.
  3. Grease or lined two 9×5 inch bread pans.
  4. Divide the dough into 6 pieces with about 200g each. Shape into rosette. Refer here for the steps on shaping.
  5. Place dough in the bread pans. Three rosette buns on each bread pan. Let it rise for another 60 minutes or until dough is double in size.
  6. Fifteen (15) minutes before baking, preheat oven at 180C.
  7. Brush the dough with egg wash and bake at pre-heated oven on lower rack for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and transfer onto a wire rack to cool.

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