Ali Baba bread

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  1. 15 min.Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #1
    Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).

    Lay a sheet of cooking parchment on a baking sheet and spread 100 g sesame seeds out on this.

    Toast in the oven for 15 minutes.
  2. 1 min.Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #2
    Take the sesame seeds out of the oven and tip them into 100 g water.

    Mix quickly and leave to cool.
  3. 5 min.Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #3
    Put into a mixer bowl in the following order: 100 g leaven, 320 g water, 30 g sesame oil, 40 g tahini (sesame paste), 500 g plain white flour (French Type 65), 5 g yeast and 9 g salt.
  4. 15 min.Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #4
    Knead on slow spead for 15 mintes.

    Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home..
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    2 minutes before the end of the kneading time, add the sesame seeds with their soaking water.
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    Gather the dough into a rough ball and transfer to a large clean bowl, then cover with a plastic sheet.

    Leave to rest for 1 hour.
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    After resting, knock back and work the dough: stretch it up with a dough-cutter as far as possible...
  8. 1 hourAli Baba bread : Photo of step #8
    ...and fold it over.

    Do this once or twice, then cover again with the plastic and leave to rest for another hour.
  9. 8 min.Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #9
    After resting, weigh out the dough into lumps of about 350 g and shape these into oval balls.

    Cover with the plastic sheet and leave to rest for 20 minutes.
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    After this, fold each ball lengthways in 3 to form a long roll.
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    Lay the loaves in a baguette tin or mould or, if you don't have one, on a baking sheet.
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    Brush the tops of the loaves with a little water or oil and scatter some raw sesame seeds over them. Press these in slightly to help them stick.
  13. 25 min.Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #13
    Preheat the oven to 460°F (240°C ) and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.

    Note: As when baking any bread, you should ensure that the oven is filled with steam for the first 15 minutes of baking. This page shows you how; it really is the secret of golden-brown, crusty loaves..

Remarks:

This bread is delicious enough on its own, but it si simply heavenly with houmous, especially if sliced thin and toasted.

Source:

Home made, but based on a recipe by Eric Kayser.

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