I did not know black sesame has so many health benefits. A little research online showed that they are an excellent source of many essential minerals as well as a very good source of vitamin B1 (thiamin) and dietary fiber. The nutrients found in sesame seeds may contribute to cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation, support respiratory health, protect against colon cancer and osteoporosis as well as other conditions. I am using organic black sesame seeds and paste from the health food store, which hopefully makes it even healthier.
The bread keeps well and its texture remained soft for a couple of days (not as soft as when freshly baked but much better than loaves baked in the bread machine) . It has a light sesame taste which is not over-powering, making it a delicious loaf to go with your favourite spreads. I did not think my kids were going to eat this bread, but they really enjoyed it with jam, peanut butter and chocolate spread.
Black Sesame Loaf (Makes 3 loaves of 300 g each)
Recipe adapted from a baking class at Phoon Huat