Thursday, August 16, 2012

Yoghurt Sesame Rolls

For this month, Bake Your Own Bread (BYOB) has featured Hefe und mehr as the featured blog of the month, a lovely site with tons of bread recipes, I had a hard time selecting which one I'll make because there are so many that I want to bake!  There are a few that I've bookmarked, but I kept coming back to this particular rolls, Yoghurt and Sesame Rolls. Firstly I have made a bread with yoghurt used in the starter before, and I like it very much, and secondly, I love breads with sesame seeds on the top! I can imagine the fragrance of the sesame seeds. So, Yoghurt and Sesame Rolls it is! 

I have made a few changes, simply to adapt to what I have on hand. There is always at least a jar of homemade yoghurt in my fridge, so perfect for these rolls. Stefanie from Hefe und mehr has used fresh yeast and freshly milled wheat, and since I do not have either of these, I use instant yeast and wholewheat flour instead. 

I mixed this the night before.
1. Homemade yoghurt
2. Mix the instant yeast into the yoghurt in a large bowl. I left it for about 10 minutes.
3. Add in the wholewheat flour, bread flour and salt. Mix well.

 1. Mix until dough is homogenous, it will be very sticky. Cover with cling wrap and leave at room temperature overnight.
2. The next morning, the dough has risen, but it is really sticky. It smells sour, but a lovely sour scent.
3. I tried to roll it out to 40cm square, as per the original instruction, even with a sprinkling of flour on top, it remains very sticky. The dough are supposed to be folded to a 20cm square and cut to nine squares before baking. Since I am unable to fold because of the stickiness, I divide the dough into 8 sections and made them into round rolls instead.

These rolls are not exactly round, when I placed them on the baking tray, they sort of go out of shape, as the dough is soft. I have to flour my hands really well, as the dough is sticky.
Scatter some sesame seeds over top, pressing them down gently. Leave to rise for about 40 minutes and bake in a preheated oven a 250C for 18 minutes, I baked mine at  230C for 21 minutes.

 It smells really nice while baking. Immediately remove rolls from tray and place on a wire rack to cool.

 About 20 minutes after baking, I ate the first roll.

The crust is so crispy and the interior are soft and moist, with a sourish and tart taste of the yoghurt, just as Stefanie described. I love the crispy crust and the wonderful smell from the sesame. I had another one with a bowl of hot mushroom soup for a simple light lunch. Though I would prefer if these rolls are little bit less sour, nevertheless, I did enjoyed these rolls! I had one more later as a teatime snack with a generous spread of salted butter and a mug of hot sweet black coffee! Thanks to Stefanie of Here und mehr!

The recipe below is based on the changes that I've made. For the original version, please refer to Here und mehr.

Yoghurt Sesame Rolls
(adapted from : Hefe und mehr)
400gm yoghurt
300gm bread flour
90gm wholewheat flour
2gm instant yeast
7gm salt
sesame seeds

  1. The night before : Mix yoghurt and instant yeast in a large bowl, let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Add in flour, wholewheat flour and salt, mix to a homogenous dough. Cover with cling wrap and leave to ferment overnight at room temperature.
  3. The next morning : Turn dough onto a well-floured work surface. Divide dough into 8 parts, roll each part with well-floured hands to form a ball. Place on lined baking sheet. Sprinkle some sesame seeds over the top, pressing down slightly. Cover with kitchen towel and leave to rise for about 40 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 230F. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Remove rolls to a wire rack to cool. 


  1. perfect texture..Love sesame seeds ...

  2. I love these rolls but esprcially love you put sesame!!

  3. love the sesame seeds on top! The texture looks good too. If these rolls are sour then I think these will pair up nicely with any spicy Indian curry :D.
    Have a nice day!

  4. I love this combination, those buns look so soft and fluffy! I also always have a tub or two of yoghurt in my refrigerator as well. I should try this since I still have loads of black sesame seeds sitting around after my black sesame loaf.

  5. Wow! these sesame rolls look fantastically yummy! Love the soft texture & at the same time with crispy crust. I can eat half a dozen of these! Yup, beh tahan leh, looking at all your yummy bakes! My tummy is making some funny sounds right NOW! LOL

  6. Very interesting recipe, JOyce, no wonder you will pick this recipe.THe picture has proved that the rolls are very soft & moist

  7. Haven't try baking bread with yogurt. Got to try one day. Nice golden brown and crusty surface. Sure I will enjoy with a cup of hot coffee.

  8. What a lovely recipe, back in Greece we are making mini pies with this sort of dough with the addition of some olive oil. I;m sure the rolls will be great!

  9. She sure uses a lot of freshly milled wheat, doesn't she - I find that impressive and intimidating all at the same time! Your rolls turned out absolutely lovely...and I bet they accompanied that soup just beautifully. And I'm a sucker for anything with sesame seeds, I know I'd enjoy these. Now I need to make up my mind on which of Stefanie's many breads to bake this month!

  10. What a beautiful rolls you made. Don't you love the moist and soft crumb of these rolls. It's been a while since I baked with yoghurt, we make our own. Seeing yours makes me put them on the list of soon to bake. Thanks for baking from Stefanie's blog with BYOB.

  11. the way you described almost made me want to make these right away! i love the smell of bread baking too! i'm just having bread for dinner tonight:)

  12. very interesting, Joyce, thks for sharing :)