Ali Baba bread

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Ali Baba bread
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For 4 loaves, you will need:


PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
43 min.3 hours40 min.4 hours 23 min.

Step by step recipe

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.
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2Take the sesame seeds out of the oven and tip them into 100 g water.

Mix quickly and leave to cool.
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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.Ali Baba bread : etape 25
4Knead 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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52 minutes before the end of the kneading time, add the sesame seeds with their soaking water.Ali Baba bread : etape 25
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.
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7After resting, knock back and work the dough: stretch it up with a dough-cutter as far as possible...Ali Baba bread : etape 25
8...and fold it over.

Do this once or twice, then cover again with the plastic and leave to rest for another hour.
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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.
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10After this, fold each ball lengthways in 3 to form a long roll.Ali Baba bread : etape 25
11Lay the loaves in a baguette tin or mould or, if you don't have one, on a baking sheet.Ali Baba bread : etape 25
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.Ali Baba bread : etape 25
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..
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This bread is delicious enough on its own, but it si simply heavenly with houmous, especially if sliced thin and toasted.
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July 6th 2020.