December 4, 2015

Onion Sesame Pull Apart Bread | Yeasted bread recipes

Officially, this was the first ever bread I baked with Bread Flour ; not that I didnt like wholewheat, but APF is more or less banned at home. 

So, I got lucky that the husband lugged back the bread flour back home after a long trip, I was like a kid who had discovered a huge bag of goodies. Chocolates and most other stuff he brought back never interested me. So i was eagerly waiting to use this up. 

Umm... that means this recipe came about a year and a half ago (or longer), and although I have baked it several times since then, the pics have eluded me. This bread itself was magical right from the way the yeast and bread flour came together, and I could visualise myself ticking off many more bookmarks which called for Bread Flour, and I love working with this magical ingredient although I hoard it like gold :) 

Has it ever happened to you ? Anything that you crave for and it suddenly falls into your lap ! Or am i completely bonkers to talk about bread flour !! Nah :)

Well, bookmarked and adapted slightly from Vardhini's blog, this bread anished even before I could get decent pics. But I was determined to bring it out of the drafts to send this over to Bakeathon 2015. 

Prep time : 20 mins, Standing time : 2 hours+ ; 
Bake time: 30-35 mins depending on your oven
Source - Vardhini's recipe

Day 2 of Bakeathon 2015 - Theme : Yeasted Breads

  • Bread flour - 2 cups
  • Salt - to taste
  • Olive oil - 4 TBSP + 2 tsp
  • Onion - 1 large or 2 medium
  • Seasoning - 1 TBSP (I used Italian seasoning) 
  • Chilly flakes - 1 tsp
  • Milk - 1 cup (warm)
  • Sesame seeds - 2 tsp (roasted)
To proof the dough:
  • Instant Yeast -  2 tsp
  • Sugar - 1.5 TBSP
  • Warm water - 1 cup (approx)
Butter - for brushing (replace with oil for vegan version)

  1. In a stand mixer or a large bowl, add water, sugar and yeast. Mix well. Let the yeast proof.
  2. Once its done, add in the flour little by little, salt, 4 tbsp of oil , milk and knead to a smooth dough.
  3. Dough will be sticky but try resisting adding any additional flour. Knead well to a smooth dough (about 12-14 mins by hand and about 8-9 mins in a stand mixer)
  4. Cover and let it rise in a slightly oiled bowl till doubled. 
  5. Meanwhile, lightly saute the finely chopped onions (about 2/3 cup) with a pinch of salt till it sweats. Cool and add seasoning. Mix well. Add the remaining olive oil and mix well.
  6. Punch down the risen dough and knead lightly for 2 mins. On a floured surface, roll into a rectangle 12 * 18 inches like a focaccia (slightly thinner though). brush the onions and seasoning on top of the rolled out rectangle
  7. With a pizza cutter, make even squares making horizontal and vertical cuts like a window. (the first time I made this,  I didnt make thinner cuts but rather cut my dough into 4 equal portions and stacked them up together)
  8. Grease a 8 * 4  baking pan. 
  9. Stack up these pieces horizontally along the length of the pan. Cover with clingfilm and let it rise again a bit for 45 mins. Towards the end of the 2nd rise , preheat oven to 180 C / 375F.
  10. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds just before you place in the oven.
  11. Bake for 30-35 mins (tent the baking pan if you feel they are browning too soon)
  12. Once baked, carefully unmould and let it cool on a cooling rack.
  13. Brush melted butter on the top to keep it soft. 
  14. Use once warm as is or with a piping hot bowl of soup.

This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2015 



  1. That pull apart bread looks tempting.You have made it so perfectly.

  2. How delicious and tempting this bread this, i dont mind having some rite now.

  3. what a beautiful golden crust you got there

  4. Sounds interesting,wish to have some..

  5. Wow that is such a tempting and delicious looking bread.

  6. One of my favorite breads too :). Onion and spices are a lovely combo.

  7. This is exactly what I do...hoard all the bread flour I get. This looks like a good recipe to start using it. Yummy looking bread with onion and sesame seeds...

  8. I guess it happens to all of us..:)..I become the same when it comes to baking bread!..your bread looks so inviting..

  9. Looks scrumptious kalyani!! With a warm soup it makes a filling meal!!

  10. That is a perfectly baked bread. Looks delicious and am sure it tasted delicious.

  11. Perfectly baked bread. Love the texture.


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