The Basics: Sesame Seeds

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Sesame Seeds 

Sesame seeds are harvested from oblong pods of the sesamum indicum, a flowering plant grown in Africa, India & other tropical locations all over the globe. Their oil content contains the most of any seed, approximately 45% to 60% & is used in many types of cuisine. The seeds may be found in a variety of colors depending on their cultivar that range from ivory, gold & tan to red, brown, gray & black. They have a shelf life of approximately 6 months & should be stored in an airtight container with a tight fitting lid. Keep them in a cool, dark spot in your cupboard. Learn how to top bread dough with this signature seed before baking.

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How To Top Fresh Bread With Sesame Seeds 

Sesame seeds, also known as benne seeds, offer such versatility to baked goods. They may be used to top rolls, hamburger & sandwich buns or be blended into batters & doughs to create interesting flavor & texture to breads & cookies. Just a smattering of sesame seeds make salads, side dishes & even hot wings something to relish. They are the very foundation used to prepare tahini paste, a rich condiment made from toasted, ground sesame seeds that is added to hummus to deepen the flavor.

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 Buttermilk Cemita Rolls are a brioche-style roll that are topped with sesame seeds & used to make a traditional Mexican torta called a Cemita Poblana. In order to achieve a deep coloration over the rolls, an egg wash consisting of a yolk & a smattering of heavy cream is brushed over the dough before baking. The sesame seeds may be sprinkled over the surface & will adhere well once cool. Invest in a pastry brush of quality to make the task effortless.

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* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Football Fanatic * Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Techniques Instructor * Cooking & Baking Tutorials * Media Personality * Baking & Pastry Artist * Gardener * Runner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.

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