This bread should be my first post. I don’t know how I could post any other recipes before this one is even shared.
Though I enjoy a stack of pancakes for breakfast from time to time, I’m not one with a sweet tooth and would almost always go the savory route for my bread. The combo of sesame and cheese is a match in heaven and is undoubtedly my all-time-favourite. If you’ve ever had sesame crackers or breadsticks with your cheese board before, you know what I mean.
100% Whole Grain Black Sesame Gruyere Sourdough with Sprouted Millets
80% whole wheat
10% dark rye
10% toasted powdered black sesame
3% vital wheat gluten
20% sprouted millets
Total hydration: 103%
Whole grain: 100%
Combine all dough ingredients and let sit overnight for 12 hours. Fold in the add-ins gently. Let rest for 20 minutes. Perform 3 sets of stretch and fold over a 1.5-2.5 hour period. Preheat the oven at 250°C.
Score the dough and transfer it to the preheated oven. Bake at a 250°C/480°F oven with steam for 15 minutes. Turn it down to 220°C/430°F and bake for a further 15-25 minutes or until the bread reach a minimum of 205°F
I usually leave the sesame whole but since I decided to toss in sprouted millets for crunch already, I powdered the sesame and mixed it directly into the dough this time. Using black sesame instead of white adds an extra layer of flavour and to be honest, its dyes the bread a stunning black which highlights the white millets and gruyere perfectly.
Though the dough spreads a bit while rising, I suspect it’s more of a consequence of lacking support during its rise (I don’t own a banneton) rather than over-hydration. The crumb is still reasonably open even though the bread is slightly flat. It has a moist interior and thin crispy crust. As for the taste, it definitely smells heavenly when it’s baking and out of the oven. The buckwheat compliments the strong flavour of the gruyere and black sesame and the sprouted millets provides the pleasing texture otherwise lacked in this bread.
I like to enjoy it plain and lightly toasted. Nothing else is needed... put that butter down!