Sesame Open Crumb Sourdough Bread

by - February 25, 2020

Sesame Open Crumb Sourdough Bread

Sesame Open Crumb Sourdough Bread

Sesame Open Crumb Sourdough Bread

Sesame Open Crumb Sourdough Bread

Characteristic of this bread:  The texture is moist with a hard crust and slightly tangy taste. Usually sourdough starter provides an aromatic flavour to the bread and with addition of roasted sesame seeds, the bread has a more substantial flavour.

Please read the below notes before baking.

Room temperature in your kitchen plays very important part in sourdough baking.  If you want to have nice oven spring, please do not over proved dough during bulk fermentation.  Warm temperature in your kitchen may cause over proved dough.  

28C – 30C is the room temperature at my kitchen (without air-conditioner)
25C – 27C is the room temperature at my kitchen with the air-conditioner turned on.

Bulk fermenation at room temperature 25C - 27C for this recipe.  Bulk fermentation started when levain is added.

Please reduce the duration of resting time if your room temperature is 28C – 30C.

It is advisable to refresh the sourdough starter before preparing the levain and to use the starter (levain) at its peak.

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Recipe - Sesame Open Crumb Sourdough Bread 

Yields:  1 loaf


245g bread flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Artisan Bread Flour) - 75%
40g whole wheat flour - 12.5%
40g rye flour - 12.5%
230g water - 73.42% final hydration  
7.5g sea salt - 2.1%
25g sesame seeds (black and white), toasted
Some extra black sesame seed for topping, raw

65g sourdough starter - 20%
Feed 1:1:1

  1. Autolyse - Mix flour, salt and water, stir until there is no more dry flour with a spatula.  Or use a stand mixer with paddle attachment for 2-3 minutes at low speed.  Cover and leave for at least hours at room temperature (28C – 30C).  I did it after feeding my levain.  
  2. Levain - Wet your hand, add 65g sourdough starter to the dough and hand mixing until incorporated, about 3 - 4 minutes. Or use a stand mixer with hook attachment and knead for 6 to 8 minutes until window pane stage.  Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Stretch and Fold - Lightly mist the counter top with water.  Wet your hand and scrapper.  Transfer dough to the counter top.  Pull and fold the four sides, flip over and round the dough.  Return to the same bowl.  Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Lamination -  Lightly mist the counter top with water and wet your hand.  Pull from centre out to form a rectangle shape.  Sprinkle the toasted mixed sesame seeds evenly. Pick up one edge and fold into the center.  Pick up other edge and fold into the center over first section.  Fold the top down half way.  Fold the bottom up.  Put dough in a new dish (square pyrex dish).  Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Coil Fold 1 - Fold dough in the dish. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  6. Coil Fold 2 - Repeat the same.  Cover and rest for 30 minutes
  7. Coil Fold 3 - Repeat the same.  Cover and rest for 90 minutes. 
  8. Shape - Flour the counter top.  Shape the dough.  Brush the top of the dough with plain water and roll the dough (top) into a dish filled with black sesame seeds then transfer to a  slightly flour banneton with the seam side up.
  9. Proof - Proof at room temperature (RT) for 15 - 20 minutes.  Then retard overnight in the fridge for 12 - 16 hours.
  10. Take bread dough out from the fridge, invert onto a parchment paper and scoring.  Immediately transfer the dough with the parchment paper to your preheated dutch oven.
  11. Preheat oven, with the dutch oven at 250C for 30 minutes before baking.
  12. Lower the temperature to 230C (fan-forced) and bake with cover on for 20 minutes.  Remove the cover and lower the temperature to 220C (fan-forced), continue bake for another 10 - 15 minutes.
  13. Remove bread from oven and dutch oven. Let it cool on rack completely before slicing.
  1. I rested the dough in air-cond room temperature around 25 - 27C as I leave in a tropical country.
  2. Usually 3 coil folds should be enough.  Sometimes you may need extra coil fold if your dough is weak.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you for your comment.. Indeed yummy :) Cheers

  2. hi, I love your recipes and they come out great. May i check if 230g water - 73.42% final hydration (does this include the water used for making the levain.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi, thanks for trying this recipe and your feedback. Final hydration is included the water from the levain too. Glad that you like it.

      Cheers :)