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Ali Baba bread

Ali Baba bread

This bread is so-called because its magical sesame flavour is non-negotiable! The triple dose comes from tahini (sesame paste), sesame oil added to the dough before kneading, and toasted sesame seeds both in the dough and on top of the loaves.

The texture is soft, rather like ciabatta, but with a very distinctive taste - so "open sesame" and enjoy!

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Last modified on: December 10th 2017

For 4 loaves, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
43 min.3 hours40 min.4 hours 23 min.
Preservation: A few days in a coth bag.
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Step by step recipe

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

Mix quickly and leave to cool.
1 min.
3 Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #3Put 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. 5 min.
4 Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #4Knead on slow spead for 15 mintes.

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home..
15 min.
5 Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #52 minutes before the end of the kneading time, add the sesame seeds with their soaking water. 2 min.
6 Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #6Gather 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.
1 hour
7 Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #7After resting, knock back and work the dough: stretch it up with a dough-cutter as far as possible... 2 min.
8 Ali 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.
1 hour
9 Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #9After 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.
8 min.
10 Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #10After this, fold each ball lengthways in 3 to form a long roll. 8 min.
11 Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #11Lay the loaves in a baguette tin or mould or, if you don't have one, on a baking sheet. 2 min.
12 Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #12Brush 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. 1 hour
13 Ali Baba bread : Photo of step #13Preheat 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..
25 min.

Remarks

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

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
332391 gr433 gr136 gr
166 %35 %41 %21 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2707 gr35 gr11 gr
14 %3 %3 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 loaves : 2.64 €
Per loave : 0.66 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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