A white wheat, black sesame braided bread in the shape of an "i" including a roll for the jot of the "i". Hearty and easy to make with simple ingredients usually on hand.
Amounts and Ingredients
2 cups milk- can be 2% or whole milk
1/4 cup water lukewarm water
1 tsp raw or regular granulated sugar plus 3 tsp more
1 tbs salt
3 tbs unsalted butter
1 package dry yeast
1 cup old fashioned oats or muesli
4-4 1/2 unbleached white whole wheat flour
1 egg yolk
Black sesame seeds
Warm the 1/4 cup of water and dissolve the tsp of sugar then add the package of yeast. Just make sure the water is not too warm otherwise the yeast will be destroyed, and the bread will not rise. It will start to proof in a few minutes. You will know because it starts to foam like the head on beer.
Heat the milk to right before the scalding point, then add the butter, salt and remaining sugar. Let cool to warm and then add the yeast mixture. Next add the oats and flour, stirring until it forms a ball. In this loaf I also added approximately a tsp of black sesame seeds to the dough for continuity of the exterior. Feel free to be creative and try variations. Turn it out onto a floured board and knead it for about 10 minutes. Shape it into a ball, place it into an oiled bowl, cover and let it rise for an hour until it doubles in size.