Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 45 mins
This lightly spiced bread is a nice addition to any meal though it is GREAT with indian and mexican dishes. Try the leftovers toasted and slathered with butter for breakfast or tea.
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1⁄3 cup milk
- 1⁄3 cup butter, cut into small pieces
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 3⁄4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- In a large bowl, pour 1/4 cup warm (110 degree F) water and sprinkle on the yeast.
- Let mixture stand for 5 minutes until slightly foamy.
- Heat milk and butter over low heat until butter is melted, but do NOT boil.
- Add milk mixture, sugar and salt to the yeast mixture.
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs.
- Reserve 1 tablespoon of the egg at this time in another small bowl; cover and chill.
- Add remaining eggs and vanilla to yeast mixture and stir until blended.
- Add 2 1/2 cups flour, nutmeg and cinnamon to yeast mixture and stir.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix with a dough hook on medium high speed until the dough is elastic (about 6 minutes).
- Add in 3/4 cup flour to the mixing bowl and knead on medium high speed until the dough forms a nice ball and pulls away from the side of the bowl cleanly.
- The dough should not feel sticky to the touch.
- If it does, knead in flour, 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is no longer sticky.
- (Note: If kneading by hand, the process takes about 15 minutes to get a nice elastic dough that is not sticky.) Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover.
- Allow to rise until doubled in a warm, draft free location-- usually about 1 1/2 hours.
- When dough has proofed, punch it down and turn it onto a lightly floured surface.
- Knead it into a 7 inch round and place it on a large baking sheet.
- Cover lightly with a piece of plastic wrap that's been sprayed with nonstick spray.
- Allow dough to rise again until puffy; about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Uncover the dough and brush it with the reserved egg.
- While the loaf is still wet with egg, sprinkle on the sesame seeds.
- Using a sharp serrated knife, make a single slash across the middle of the loaf that is about 1/2 inch deep.
- Bake loaf in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 35-40 minutes or until browned.
- Serve warm or cool.
- Loaf can be frozen for up to 3 months if wrapped tightly.