Palestinian Sesame Crusted Bread Rings (Ka’ak Bil Simsim)
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- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 tablespoon dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄8 cup warm water
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup warm milk
- 4 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
- 1 egg (beaten with a few pinches of sugar)
- 1⁄4 cup white sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 375 f.
- Mix the warm water, sugar and yeast in the bowl of a mixer and mix gently.
- Let sit for 10 minutes or until yeast foams doubles in size.
- Once the yeast is ready, add the vegetable oil and milk to the mixing bowl and mix on low speed.
- Sift the flour and the salt together then, slowly, add it one spoonful at a time, to the liquids, while the mixer is turned on low.
- Mix until all the flour is incorporated, then turn off the mixer immediately.
- Do not overwork the dough.
- Dust your hands with flour, and remove the dough from the mixing bowl.
- The dough will be very sticky, but do your best to form it into a ball and move it to a clean, flour-lined bowl.
- Cover the dough-filled bowl with a towel and let sit in a warm spot for 30-40 minutes.
- The dough will double in size.
- Punch it down and remove it from the bowl.
- It’s consistency will have softened and it won’t be as sticky.
- Sprinkle flour on a working surface.
- Place the dough over the flour. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
- Roll out each piece into a long log and form into a ring.
- Brush the rings with egg wash on all sides and roll in sesame seeds.
- Place the ring a sheet pan.
- Put an oven-proof pot of boiling water in the oven, underneath the bread. Cook for about 25 minutes, or until the bread turns a light brown color.
- Remove and place on a rack to cool.
- OPTION: You can skip the long detailed instructions from #2 to #15 if you make the dough in a bread machine.
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