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red bean and black sesame sourdough bread

Black sesame and red bean sourdough

Swirls of sweet red bean paste are spread beautifully among this black sesame sourdough bread. The subtle sweetness from the red bean goes perfectly with the nutty fragrance from the black sesame.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Rest Time 18 hrs
Course Breakfast
Servings 1 Loaf


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium bowl or Proofing basket
  • Food scale
  • Dutch oven (or you can use my no Dutch oven method, linked in notes)



  • 100 g fed and active starter, 100% hydration
  • 225 g warm water
  • 300 g bread flour
  • 7 g salt

Filling and topping

  • 20 - 30 g black sesame seeds, plus more for topping
  • 85 g red bean paste


  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together your starter plus 215g of water. Stir to disperse. Add the flour and mix with your hands until a shaggy dough forms. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Add the salt and remaining 10g of water to the dough. Use your hands to incorporate. The dough may look like it's coming apart, but keep going until everything is incorporated. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes
  • Gently slide your hand under the middle of the dough and fold it over itself twice using the coil fold method. This helps gently develop the gluten. Cover and let sit for another 30 minutes.
  • Add the sesame seeds to the dough and perform another set of coil folds. The seeds will naturally incorporate into the dough during the folding process. Cover and let sit for another 30 minutes.
  • Laminate your dough: sprinkle a working surface with water to prevent sticking. Turn your dough onto the surface and very gently stretch until thin, without breaking the dough. It should be about 8 – 10 inches long on each side. Use your fingers to gently spread the red bean paste evenly across the surface of the dough. Roll up the bottom of the dough towards the middle. Take the left edge of the dough and bring it to the middle. Then, take the right edge and bring it over to the left. Fold down the dough from the top to create a rough dough ball. Place the ball back in the bowl. If the dough is loose enough, perform another set of coil folds. Cover and let sit for another 30 - 45 minutes.
  • Line a medium bowl with a floured kitchen or paper towel. Lightly flour a working surface and turn the dough onto the surface. Gently shape into a boule. The dough will be quite sticky, so be gentle with the shaping. The dough may rip a little and the red bean could come through - that's okay. Place the dough seam side up in your floured bowl.
  • Cover and let rise for another 45 minutes to 1 hour. The dough should feel airy and jiggle a little when you shake the bowl. Place in the fridge for at least 8 hours and up to 48 hours.
  • When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 500°F with your uncovered Dutch oven inside. Take the loaf from the fridge and sprinkle with flour. Turn the dough onto floured parchment paper. Spritz or lightly brush the surface of the loaf with water and cover with black sesame seeds, then score.
  • Place the scored loaf in the Dutch oven and cover with the lid. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the lid and reduce temperature to 450°F and bake for another 12 – 15 minutes until a rich deep brown and hollow when tapped.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely (about 2 hours) before slicing.


If you don’t have a Dutch oven, you can use my no Dutch oven method: https://halicopteraway.com/2020/10/28/how-to-bake-sourdough-and-any-crusty-bread-without-a-dutch-oven/ 
Keyword bread, red bean, sesame, sourdough