Combine this with finding a jar of poppy seeds in the bottom drawer of the spice cupboard, I decided to make poppy and sesame seed bread this time.
As basis I decided to go for Richard Bertinet's recipe for olive dough, which I also used last night for a large pizza. As usual I make a double batch, which results in two large loaves. Sliced and frozen, they lasts us for a couple of weeks. We don't eat much bread, Lundulph and I.
1 kg super strong white flour
40 g semolina
22 g dried yeast (3 sachets)
100 g olive oil
340 g water
2 tbsp (black) poppy seeds
4 tbsp sesame seeds
20 g salt
- Put flour, semolina and dried yeast into the bowl of a bread mixer and run it "on dry" to blend the dry ingredients.
- Add the olive oil and water and run the machine to mix into a dough.
- After a few minutes add the salt slowly and continue to run until the dough doesn't stick and gluten has developed.
- Take out of the machine and onto a floured worksurface. Fold up into a ball, dust the bottom of the bowl with flour and place the dough back in the bowl. Cover and let rise until double in size.
- Prepare the loaf tins by brushing them with olive oil, bottom and sides. Pre-heat the oven to 240 degrees C.
- Dust the worksurface with flour and take out the risen dough onto it. Weigh and divide in two equal parts. Mine usually are around 945 g each, but it depends on the loaf tins used of course.
- Shape each part into a loaf and place in the tin. Cover and let proof for 30 - 45 minutes.
- Slash and place in the oven to bake, 30 minutes at 240 degrees C, then turn down to 200 degrees C and bake for a further 30 minutes.
- Keep an eye on the breads, if they start going dark too early, place a sheet of baking paper over them.
- When done, turn out onto a cooling rack and let cool completely before slicing.
There, I have written it down, so that I know what amounts of seeds I have used - they seemed the right amount. Usually I don't write down my changes, especially if it is something I do regularly like bread and then next time I want to repeat it, if it was a successful change, I can never remember the amounts. Thus a memo to self.