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Semolina Sourdough Bread with Black Sesame Seeds - made it with durum flour finally

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Semolina Sourdough Bread with Black Sesame Seeds - made it with durum flour finally


Now that I finally found (the elusive) durum flour (after been making semolina bread with fine semolina all along), I wanted to find out what differences between fine semolina and durum flour would produce in a finished product. I wanted to try this with the bread that I made using fine semolina before, Semolina Bread from Jeffrey Hamelman’s Bread cookbook.


Taste-wise I couldn’t tell or feel the differences. They both have lovely flavour and nice chewy texture (though the bread I made with fine semolina was a distant memory).


The differences were more in the dough structure. I found durum flour absorb the water better and easier to work with. Fine semolina hardly absorbed any water and the dough was really wet and slack from my memory.



Bread made with durum flour also got better crumb structure, it was more open and rise well during the bake. The one made with semolina were rather flat, the crumb was relatively open and all but it just didn’t rise and dome nicely.


This bread has 60% durum flour and 67% hydration. I was surprised that the crumb wasn’t creamy and yellow as I would expect from durum flour. It was only a tad creamier than an all-wheat bread.



This bread is one of my favourite. I love the aroma and texture of sesame seeds in bread (or in anything really) and the durum flour also add sweet creamy flavour to the bread, and tender crumb. I used black sesame seeds instead of white as I find the black sesame seeds are more flavourful. I love its smoky flavour.


Full post and recipe can be found here.


Sue


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ananda

Hi Sue,


Wonderful bread; I love the contrast between the black seeds and the very creamy crumb from the durum flour.


I've never had Black Sesame seeds before.   They sound delicious; are they reminiscent of the lighter sesame seeds at all?


Best wishes


Andy

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MadAboutB8

Black sesame seeds has the same nutty flavour as their white counterpart. The white one is more subtle. I found the black sesame has stronger flavour, smokier and roastier, and slightly salty.


There was the health craze for black sesame seeds in Thailand (my home country) back years and years ago, that it was good for heart health. And I think it has superior health benefits than the white ones. You can generally find them in an Asian store.


Sue


 

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ehanner

Very nice Sue!


Eric

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Mebake

What a contrast! beautiful bakes, Sue!


Lovely Crust and crumb, and your scoring is very good.

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MadAboutB8

To get a complement for the scoring from you is very flattering...


Sue

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Syd

That is lovely, Sue!  Not sure if it is the white balance gone awry, but the loaf made from fine semolina looks yellower than the one made with durum flower.  Today I received the semola di grano duro rimacinata (re-milled semolina) that I ordered last week and am hoping to bake with it on the weekend.  While it looks finer than the regular semolina that I already have, it still doesn't look like flour (I haven't opened the bag yet but part of the packaging is transparent).  What I have sounds more like what you used on your first bake rather than durum flour.  Like Andy, I really like the contrast between the crumb and the black sesame.


Nice baking! :)


Syd

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MadAboutB8

Yes, I think it was the technicality of the camera made the bread (one with fine semolina) looked creamier than it actually was.


Speaking about the durum flour, I agree that the texture is not as fine as wheat flour. I find them to be a tad gritty. I think there is another flour called "extra fancy durum flour", which I believe is more flour-like consistency.


Sue

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Floydm

Beautiful looking bread.

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teketeke

They look awesome, Sue!  On your picture of the crumb between the fine  salmolina flour and durum flour, The fine salmolina loaf looks softer than the durum one.  I love both of the crumb, though.  I also like your scoring, of course!  Thank you for sharing your experience that is very helpful to me because I recently ordered 4 packages of 17.6oz Bellino salmolina flour recently at Amazon. 


Best wishes,


Akiko

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MadAboutB8

Would love to see what you bake with the durum flour/semolina flour:)


Sue


 

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dmsnyder

I've read that black sesame seeds tend to be bitter if toasted. Did you find them bitter when baked?


David

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No, I don't find them bitter at all, as long as I don't burn the sesame seeds whenI toasted them:) I also cover the surface of the dough with untoasted seeds, and they also weren't bitter.


I usually toast the seeds in the pan as I feel I have more control over the seeds.


Black sesame seed has much stronger flavour than white ones. It's very toasty sort of taste, which some might find them to be too strong or too smokey?


Sue


 

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kim

Hi Sue,


I love black sesame seeds especially in Chinese sweet desert (homemade version) during cold season. Have you ever try brown sesame seeds? Thank for durum and semolina flour info, I’m out searching for semolina flour this coming weekend. Can you post both flour side by side (picture)? I saw the semolina flour at my local co-op but they aren’t fine enough for breads. I love your sesame coating crust. I think you are right about chai tea or chai latte. Thanks


Kimmy

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MadAboutB8

Brown sesame seed makes me curious.


I love the Chinese dessert, black sesame seeds dumpling in ginger soup too. We made it from time to time during Winter.


Here is the picture of Fine Semolina (on the left) and Durum Flour (on the right),



Sue

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SylviaH

Hello Sue, Your bread is gorgeous and the crumb with the seeds very open and delicious looking.


The duram 'flour' I purchase from KAFlours is even finer than the one you are showing, the one on the right, it appears to have very fine granules, my duram flour has no granules is ground into a soft flour.  I can purchase in our local stores a semolina 'extra fancy' grind for pasta that looks very similar to the one pictured on your Right. 'Bob's Red Mill'also sells the 'extra fancy semolina pasta grind' in our local stores...I've made many delicious loaves also using the extra fancy semolina pasta grind.  I have photos here The left is the extra fancy I use for some breads and pasta making, and the right is the Duram Flour grind.  If you look closely you will see the fine granules of the pasta extra fancy semolina and the very soft Duram flour on the left, you won't see any granules.


Hope this helps, as I used to purchase the extra fancy mistaking it for the duram flour.


Sylvia 

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MadAboutB8

You're truly a Durum Flour/Italian Bread expert. The flour that I purchased  has a picture (and potentially descritpion in Itaian) indicating that they're for pasta making.


I think the flour that I used is something in between your two flour. They're not as fine as extra fancy durum flour and they're slightly finer than the one on your left. This picture really explains a lot.


I have to confess that I also used the fine semolina (the left one on my pic) to make pasta, and they're really lovely and worked fine too.


Thank you.


Sue

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kim

Thanks Sue for the photo! Thanks Sylviafor the info!


Kimmy

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wally

I love both loaves, but I most appreciate you showing us pictorally the differences in outcomes depending on the flour used.  My expectation was that the durum would absorb more water than the fine semolina, and I'm happy to see that confirmed.


Nice bakes!


Larry

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MadAboutB8

The mystery of durum/semolina flour, even now I'm still not entirely understand:)


Sue

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teketeke

Hello, Sue


I made Daisy_A's lemon bread with durum wheat  today.


Here: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/19216/sourdough-wholemeal-lemon-bread-adaptation-jan-hedh-formula#comment-166802


I love this texture, too. :)


P.S I copied your idea of sesami seeds on the top. I used poppy seeds instead. :P 


Akiko

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MadAboutB8

Those breads look great, the scoring were perfect.


I am glad Hajime loved the bread too.


Sue

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breadsong

Hello Sue, Those loaves are beautiful - love the black sesame - and the crumb looks wonderful.
from breadsong

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Franko

Beautiful loaves Sue!


Super scoring on a perfectly proofed loaf, and an open airy crumb to show off the black sesame seeds. Very nice.


Thanks for showing the comparison between the two flours and baking results, as this is of particular interest to me these days. With any luck I'll have delivery next week of 25#'s of x-fancy durum flour to play with, so this is great information to have for a flour I've never used before.


Best Wishes,


Franko

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MadAboutB8

Your comments about proofing and scoring is very flattering when it came from a professional and competent baker like yourself. It boosted my baking confidence:)


I'm sure you'll have fun and like the flavour with durum flour.


Cheers,


Sue


 

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rossnroller

For the breads, the write-up, the pics and especially the scoring! Fabbo as usual, Sue.


Cheers!
Ross

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MadAboutB8

Hope you had a great Easter and enjoyed the long long weekend:)


Sue