Black & White Sesame Seed Bread


Black and White Sesame Seed Bread | From My Sweet Heart

I always find bread baking to be an amazing experience.  Even Wonder Bread could fill me with wonder!  I mean, just look at what you need to make bread.  Flour. Yeast. Water. Salt.  Can you think of any ingredients more bland than these?  Yet with a little time, and a little (ok…sometimes a lot!) of patience, you have a product which is so beautiful and delicious in its simplicity!  Add a few extra ingredients and you have something quite extraordinary!  This bread took me two attempts today.  But I learned a very basic lesson. . . . .

. . . . .sometimes your two hands are your best tools!


Black and White Sesame Seed Bread | From My Sweet Heart

I will admit two things to you here.  I am a novice bread baker.  And I am a coward when it comes to yeast!  I don’t know what to expect from it and I approach it like it’s a science experiment about to go out of control!  So I have a tendency to want to rush through the process just to see how it will all turn out in the end.  Today, that meant using the dough hook attachment for my mixer.  The result. . . . .well you could have played basketball with my dough!  I guess I let it churn a little too long.  So I started all over, mixing the ingredients with a simple wooden spoon and then slowly kneading the dough with my two little hands.  The result?  The dough was much softer, and the bread definitely more satisfying!


Yields: 1 round loaf

Level of Difficulty:  easy (use your hands!)



  • 4 cups of white bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 23 grams of active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 113 grams (about 4 ounces) of mixed black and white sesame seeds


Black and White Sesame Seed Bread | From My Sweet Heart

Place the flour, yeast, salt, water and olive oil in a large bowl and blend together with a wooden spoon.  When the dough begins to form, place it on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 3-5 minutes.  The dough will become smooth and pliable.  Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and let it rest for 1 hour.

Place the sesame seeds in a large bowl and pour about 1 Tablespoon of warm water over them just to dampen them.  Mix them around with your fingers a bit and let them sit. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Rub your hands with a bit of olive oil and remove the dough, coating gently with the olive oil from your hands.  Place the dough into the dampened seeds and turn to cover completely.  Place the dough on the baking sheet and let it rest for 1 more hour.

Preheat your oven to 425°F.  Using a knife, place a cut around the middle of the ball of dough and then 2 slits on the top of the dough.  Bake this for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Black and White Sesame Seed Bread | From My Sweet Heart

I enjoyed this bread sliced and served open faced with a slathering of mayo and a huge slice of summer tomato sprinkled with a little sea salt!  But you could take Chef Pepin’s advice and just serve it with some extraordinary butter.  Simple and satisfying and you just can’t beat it!


Inspired by and adapted from 100 Great Breads

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  1. Great texture and a nice, light crumb. your bread looks fantastic, Anne! :)

  2. Seriously… are you trying to make me lick my screen!! That is some tempting looking bread. Wowzaaaa!! I love all the black and white sesame seeds. You did a fabulous job with this one for sure. :) Have a great week! ~ Ramona

  3. Bread baking is one daunting task because of the need to knead! BUT, it is the best bite of bread you’ll ever have… I looooove homemade bread. Can I have a bite? Pretty please!! :)

  4. Yum! I love homemade bread, both the eating of it and the smell of it baking! :)

    • Thanks Jessica. And I love those no bake butterscotch granola snack bites you recently made! Now those are my kind of snack! : )

  5. Hi Anne,
    This bread looks awesome! I am yet to try making bread at home, just a little intimidated by it.
    What a fantastic job!

    • Hi Asmita! Thanks so much and I can’t believe you….the new cooking video star….would be intimidated by anything! LOVED your mango lassi video! : )

  6. What a lovely bread, the black and white sesame seeds are very decorative!

  7. This looks like a loaf I could get lost in!

  8. Anne, this bread looks so delicious. I’d be very happy to take Chef Pepin’s advice but your slice of tomato, mayo and seasalt sounds pretty good too.

    • Thanks Hester….and your honey vanilla oatcakes are just lovely….perfect with a smattering of cheese and cup of tea! : )

  9. What pretty and delicious bread!

  10. I love baking bread too, what a tasty looking loaf!

  11. Anne, I adore sesame seeds. This is perfect bread for me…actually, any bread is perfect for me!! I love how simple bread is to make at home and I love that it doesn’t have all of those unnecessary ingredients in it. This sounds fabulous!

    • Thanks Cassie….and you and I share a love for baby portabellas so your quick chicken marsala is really calling my name! Looks wonderful! : )

  12. I’m a coward when it comes to yeast too! (Although, my friend, you look like a pro to me!). I’ve never baked with yeast. Tooooooo scared! :D

  13. I agree with one of your opening statements – that is nothing better than bread and butter!!!! I can’t wait to be able to make yeast bread! All I need is cooler weather and an oven and I’ll have one of these sesame loaves smelling up my house!!! Beautiful loaf of bread!!!

    • Thanks MJ and I can’t wait to see your new kitchen! Loved seeing Ramona guesting on your site! A great collaboration! : )

  14. I’m standing in the coward line, but I would love a hunk of this with some butter. Better yet dipped in olive oil with freshly grated black pepper and grated parmesan. Oh yeah!!!!

    • Thanks Sandra! And the olive oil is a great idea! The birthday cakes you made for your daughter looked fabulous! Now I’m hoping you will kick your feet up and give your ankle a rest! Hope you are feeling better soon my friend! : )

  15. Anne, your bread is gorgeous! Bravo, I think you’ve conquered the yeast phobia! Love the sesame seed mix, it makes the bread look so interesting!

  16. I have been trying to get to know bread this summer, and am loving it so far. I have always feared yeast, as I to feel like it is a science experiment! I love your Black and White Sesame Seeds! Looks like a delicious success!

  17. I love baking bread! It’s so soothing!

    • I agree! Most anytime spent in the kitchen feels that way to me! And…that tomato avocado salad you made with your mother in law sounds fabulous! : )

  18. Yum! You are so right about extraordinary butter… :)

  19. This is beautiful! And I’m also always amazed at how totally basic the ingredients are in bread, and the SMELL of homemade bread baking…mmmm.

    • Thanks Anna! I love the smell of bread baking, too! I would gladly trade you a loaf of bread for a bowl of your beautiful peach canteloupe soup! : )

  20. Bread is indeed a wonder food… amazing what you can create from a small handful of ingredients along with some love, patience and dedication. That is what I sense the most when I visit your site Anne – I’m surrounded by a sense of caring and love that you commit to everything you do. It’s a little bit like coming home and makes for a wonderful viewer experience. This bread is no exception. Beautiful!

    • Awww Kelly….thank you so much! I feel the same way about coming over to your place. Your recipes and photos are always so welcoming! : )

  21. Looks wonderful! Did you use quick yeast or “regular” yeast?

    • Hi Deb! I sent you an email….but the yeast is regular active dry yeast and not the quick yeast. Still, you don’t need to dissolve the yeast in water first. Just mix it all together in the bowl! Thanks for taking a peek….and I hope you try this! : )

  22. I love homemade bread. Especially straight out of the oven, slightly cooled, slathered with butter until it melts – YUM! I have conquered my fear of yeast so I am adding this one to my list. Looks so pretty too, with the black and white sesame seeds. xoxo

    • Thanks Anna….and I’ve so enjoyed your Chocolate Chip Cookie Mondays….sorry to see them come to an end with your last Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies. Hopefully there will be another series to follow!?! : )

  23. After making my own bread for so long I don’t think I could go back to the store-bought one.
    It does indeed require some work to knead and patience for the results are all worth it. your bread looks so soft, love the sesame seeds on top

    • Thanks Roxana….and it’s hard for me to buy oreos anymore because I always think I should be making them from scratch! I’m looking forward to jumping in to your chocolate parties! LOVE LOVE LOVE your flourless apple brownies! : )

  24. Looks amaaaaaaaaaazing!!!! YUM!

  25. Indeed it is amazing how from such simple ingredients we take such a delightful food. Bread has been feeding people thousands of years now and it is found in different forms in all countires and civilizations. Yoour bread looks absolutely mouthwatering and I would love to have a slice topped with feta cheese!

  26. I totally agree that fresh bread is hard to beat! Always so delicious even just by themselves. I have attempted bread making at home, but when it failed the first time I sort of just gave up. I really shouldn’t have! Your bread looks fantastic and you’ve motivated me to try it again!

    • Thanks Jenny and I hope you try it again….you know, this was my second attempt this day at this bread! Reading your last post….I wish I had a bowl of soup to dip this in… fabulous that you got to judge that contest! : )

  27. I agree with Jacques…I could live off bread and butter! And for a novice, you’ve hit a home run with this beauty!!!

  28. This looks terrific! Great texture, really nice crust. I used to bake bread a lot, but haven’t for years – I really need to. I even have a pound of yeast in the freezer, but have hardly gotten around to using it! Good post – thank you.

    • Thanks John! And you and Mrs. Kitchen Riffs baked up some fabulous peanut butter cookies. Your photos were just stunning! : )

  29. Anne, this bread is absolutely perfect! There’s nothing better than the comfort of warm, fresh baked bread. In fact, I started my blog with a recipe for one! Thanks for sharing.

  30. The two kinds of sesame seeds together must have create so much great flavours and fragrance in your bread.

    I like simple things and your combination of simple things seems the best :D

  31. I couldn’t agree more! Of all the treats my mom made growing up, her bread is what I remember most. The smell, the taste when it came out of the oven, the way the butter melted into it. She always had to make two loaves at a time because we ate the first one fresh out of the oven!

  32. Because I love good bread so much that it’s been my dream to bake my own bread from scratch but I still have fear on working yeast. And I’m not familiar with the whole process of even general baking that I’m reluctant to try…unless some baker friend is next to me and teach me details about process! Oh well one day I have to figure out on my own and learn from mistakes! I’m so jealous that now you can bake this delicious bread. :)

    • Thanks Nami. But looking at everything you make on your blog….well….I just think you could do ANYTHING! Those BBQ wings look amazing! : )

  33. Girl, I’m with you on the yeast! But look! Success! And ohmigosh I absolutely LOVE sesame bread. This might be a new favorite for me on your site :)

    • OMG….if you could bake a cake with watermelon… could work with yeast! Talk about successful scary science experiments! That cake looked outrageous! : )

  34. Your bread looks like a work of art! I love the shape and different colors of sesame seeds.

    • Thanks Amy! I’d be happy with a slice of this and a plate of your cumin and lemon roasted cauliflower! That looks so delicious! : )

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