Thanksgiving Sesame Seed White Bread

Thanksgiving Sesame Seed White Bread

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Prep: 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 3 hrs
Servings: 20 servings
Yield: 2 loaves
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
164 Calories
2g Fat
31g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 164
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 327mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 51mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Homemade white bread topped with sesame seeds is such a delicious treat no matter what time of year it is. This easy recipe is made special for Thanksgiving because it makes two loaves of bread, enough to serve a large gathering.


  • 2 cups water, room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, or margarine, softened

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 6 cups bread flour

  • Sesame seeds, raw or toasted, optional

  • 1 large egg white

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather the ingredients
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  2. In medium bowl, mix water and yeast.

    Mix water and yeast
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  3. Add sugar, butter, and salt and stir to combine.

    Add sugar butter and salt
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  4. Add 3 cups of bread flour and mix well. Slowly add in remaining flour, enough flour to make a dough that follows the spoon around the bowl.

    Add bread flour
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  5. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 8 minutes, adding more flour as needed until the dough is soft and smooth to the touch.

    Turn dough out
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  6. Place dough in large greased bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so that the top is also lightly greased.

    Place dough in greased bowl
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  7. Cover with clean cloth and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

    Cover with cloth
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  8. Punch down dough.

    Punch dough
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  9. Turn dough out onto lightly floured board and knead for 8 minutes or until the bubbles are out of the bread.

    Dough in ball
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  10. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces. Shape each half into a loaf of bread. Set loaves into greased 8 x 4-inch bread pans.

    Divide dough into two pieces
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  11. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

    Cover and let rise
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  12. Brush loaves with egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

    Brush with egg whites
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  13. Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.

  14. Remove loaves from sheet and let cool on rack.

    Baked bread
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  15. Serve and enjoy!


  • Use bottled water instead of tap water to make your breads. Water softeners and chlorinated public water can sometimes kill the yeast needed to make your bread dough rise.
  • Bread flour has a higher amount of gluten than all-purpose flour. This means that bread made with bread flour will rise higher than bread made with all-purpose flour. You can make your own bread flour by adding 1 1/2 teaspoons gluten to each cup of all-purpose flour you use in your bread recipe.
  • Spraying loaves with water while they bake will produce a crispy crust.
  • Brush loaves with egg white before baking to produce a shiny crust.
  • Brush loaves with milk before baking to produce a dark, shiny crust.
  • Brush loaves with butter immediately after baking to produce a soft crust.
  • To keep bread soft, store it in a plastic bag.