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{Cardamon} Sesame Babka {with step by step .gifs}

January 18, 2015 | 2 comments

I remember the first few times I tried to make baked bread was with a bread machine, using some instructions in a little booklet. This bread machine has to this day (well, a few years ago, we got rid of it), never made a suitable loaf. They all ended up extremely crumbly, dense, and um, dare I say disgusting?



So, inevitably, I always believed it was some ingredient the manufacturers put in the bread, probably one of those from the ingredient list that nobody can pronounce. That was until I found out that intensive kneading resulted in the softest bread ever.


And this is exactly that. Softer than a pillow when you first pull it out of the hot oven, scented with cardamon and swirled with sesame. Need I say more? I think not (and not just because I have nothing else to write about…) !


-You can always make the sesame mixture ahead of time and keep it in a cool place.

{Cardamon} Sesame Babka {with step by step .gifs}
For the Sesame Cardamon Filling
1 1/2 cups (155 g) roasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup (40 g) brown sugar
1 green cardamon pod
For the Dough
1 cup (115 g) warm milk
2 tsp active dry yeast
1/3 cup (55 g) brown sugar
2 cups (300 g) bread flour
1 2/3 cups (175 g) whole wheat flour
3 eggs
5 tbsp (70 g) butter, cut into chunks
Egg Wash
1 egg
1 tbsp milk

Pulse all the ingredients for the sesame filling until very smooth and liquidy. This will (at least in my food processor) take a while. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the warm milk and yeast together. Add in all the rest of the dough ingredients except for the butter. Knead for 5 minutes, and then add in the butter chunks. Knead until smooth and elastic, to the stage where when you stretch the dough very thin without tearing.

Let rise for 1 hour.

Roll out into a large rectangle, then spread on the sesame mixture. Starting from the longer end, roll the dough into a cylinder.

Cut in half longways.

Twist the two strands, then cut in half.

Place in two bread pans, then let rise for 1-2 hours, or until doubled.

Preheat the oven to 425, brush the risen bread with the egg wash (beaten very well).

Bake for 20 minutes.


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  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on

    January 20, 2015 at 7:33 am says

    That’s a beautiful loaf and the gifs are great! I think I can do this. :)

    • Anne on

      February 22, 2015 at 1:41 pm says

      Thank you!



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