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Braided Sesame Bread

with Olives and Rosemary
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Braided Sesame Bread

Braided Sesame Bread - The classic loaf with hearty Mediterranean flavors

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Health Score:
7,0 / 10
40 min.
ready in 2 h. 40 min.
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Nutritional values

When so little fat is involved, and thanks to olives and olive oil, with plenty of useful unsaturated fatty acids as well, then this rightly promises a pleasure without regrets.

Variations are possible with the herbs: freshly chopped sage or oregano leaves, for example, taste of sun and southern climes.

1 piece contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie182 kcal(9 %)
Protein5 g(5 %)
Fat5 g(4 %)
Carbohydrates28 g(19 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage2 g(7 %)
Vitamin A0 mg(0 %)
Vitamin D0.1 μg(1 %)
Vitamin E0.5 mg(4 %)
Vitamin B₁0.1 mg(10 %)
Vitamin B₂0.1 mg(9 %)
Niacin1.5 mg(13 %)
Vitamin B₆0.1 mg(7 %)
Folate27 μg(9 %)
Pantothenic acid0.3 mg(5 %)
Biotin2.9 μg(6 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0.1 μg(3 %)
Vitamin C0.2 mg(0 %)
Potassium92 mg(2 %)
Calcium47 mg(5 %)
Magnesium17 mg(6 %)
Iron1 mg(7 %)
Iodine2 μg(1 %)
Zinc0.7 mg(9 %)
Saturated fatty acids1 g
Uric acid28 mg
Cholesterol15 mg
Development of this recipe:


½ bunch thyme
½ bunch rosemary
2 ounces black olives (pitted)
1 ½ pounds Pastry flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon peppers
1 ¾ cups
1 teaspoon sugar
1 ounce fresh Yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg
2 tablespoons Sesame seeds
How healthy are the main ingredients?
Sesame seedsolive oilthymerosemarysugarsalt

Kitchen utensils

1 Cutting board, 1 Small knife, 1 Large knife, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Mixing bowl, 1 Wooden spoon, 1 Hand mixer, 1 Kitchen towel, 1 Baking sheet, 1 Parchment paper, 1 Small bowl, 1 Fork, 1 Brush, 1 Wire rack, 1 Small pot

Preparation steps

Braided Sesame Bread preparation step 1

Rinse the thyme and rosemary, shake dry and pluck leaves or needles. Coarsely chop the rosemary and olives.

Braided Sesame Bread preparation step 2

Mix together the flour, salt and pepper with a wooden spoon in a large mixing bowl.

Braided Sesame Bread preparation step 3

Warm the milk slightly in a small pot. Transfer 5 tablespoons of warm milk to a small bowl and set aside. Mix the sugar with the remaining milk, crumble in the yeast and stir to combine.

Braided Sesame Bread preparation step 4

Pour the yeast-milk mixture into the flour and add the olive oil. Knead with the dough hook of a hand mixer to form a smooth, pliable dough.

Braided Sesame Bread preparation step 5

Add the herbs and olives and knead to incorporate into the dough. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.

Braided Sesame Bread preparation step 6

Lightly dust the work surface with flour, turn out dough onto the surface and briefly knead with your hands (dusting hands lightly with flour as well). Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces, then roll with your hands to a long rope (about 30 cm) (approximately 12 inches) and place the ropes next to each other.

Braided Sesame Bread preparation step 7

Braid the ropes and then pinch the ends slightly to help hold the shape. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, place the braided loaf on top, cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, separate the egg and whisk the yolk with the reserved 5 tablespoons milk (save the egg white for another use).

Braided Sesame Bread preparation step 8

Brush the loaf with the yolk mixture. Bake on the second rack from the bottom in a preheated oven at 400°F/convection 350°F until golden brown and the loaf makes a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom, about 1 hour; after 45 minutes of baking, brush with more yolk mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Let cool on a wire rack before serving.