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Black Sesame Seeds Bread

Ground toasted black sesame seeds and sugar make the nuttiest bread filling (without nuts!), and the spiral shape of the bread makes it too pretty to eat.

There are endless varieties to Chinese bakery bread, and they come is endless variety of shapes too. In this post, I am sharing another one of my all time favorite, black sesame seeds bread in super pretty spiral shape. If you are thinking of gifting somebody a baked good, you can be sure the receiver of this black sesame seeds bread will be in awe. Of course, you will want to bake this all the time for your own enjoyment too.

The parts that make up black sesame seeds bread: bread dough, melted butter, and black sesame seeds sugar.

The parts that make up black sesame seeds bread: bread dough, melted butter, and black sesame seeds sugar.

Black sesame seeds filling

To me, black sesame seeds are tastier than regular sesame seeds, especially in desserts and baked good such as bread. And the black sesame seeds filling is one of the easiest filling ever, you only need two ingredients in equal amount:

  • black sesame seeds, toasted and ground
  • regular granulated sugar

Typically, I only fill each bread roll with 1 tablespoon of filling. And since this recipe yields 12 rolls, I prepare 12 tablespoon of black sesame seeds, meaning 6 tablespoon black sesame seeds and 6 tablespoon sugar. If you want your bread to be bursting with black sesame seeds goodness, feel free to increase the amount of filling as needed.

How to create flower shape for the black sesame seeds bread roll.

How to create flower shape for the black sesame seeds bread roll.

How to shape the bread into spirals

When I am not lazy, I love shaping my bread into pretty or cute shapes. One of my most favorite shape is the spiral bread roll. It looks super pretty and complicated, but it is actually quite easy to pull of, and here’s how to do it.

  1. Roll bread dough into an oblong.
  2. Add filling, in this case, brush with melted butter and about 1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds filling.
  3. Fold in half lengthwise and pinch to fully encase the filling.
  4. Make 2 long slits, then grab the ends with your hands and twirl a couple of time, and connect the two ends to create a spiral shape.

If the written explanation gets you nowhere, I hope the shot by shot photo guide can do a much better job.

Top: black sesame seeds bread, shaped and arranged in a pan, prior to proofing. Bottom: black sesame seeds bread, after proofing, with egg wash and black sesame seeds sprinkle, ready to go into the oven.

Top: black sesame seeds bread, shaped and arranged in a pan, prior to proofing. Bottom: black sesame seeds bread, after proofing, with egg wash and black sesame seeds sprinkle, ready to go into the oven.

Proofing, egg wash, and black sesame seeds sprinkles

Once you have shaped and arranged the bread rolls in a 9” cake pan, cover this with a wet kitchen towel or a saran wrap and let it proof until the volume is doubld. You should see that the bread dough will completely fill the pan at this stage. Then apply egg wash to get that shiny Chinese bakery style look on your bread, and if you wish, you can also add some black sesame seeds sprinkles.

Black sesame seeds bread, out from the oven.

Black sesame seeds bread, out from the oven.

How long does it take to bake the bread

I wish I can give you the exact time you need to bake this bread, or any other bread that I have in my bread recipes collection. I state in the recipe that it needs about 20-25 minutes, but sometimes, you need 25-30 minutes, and sometimes, you better be damn sure to grab that pan of bread out once it hit 20 minutes. When it comes to bread, I find that it is better to slightly err on the short cooking time as long as the bread is fully cooked then err on the long cooking time since bread that bakes for too long tends to become hard and dry. Also, as you learn to understand the quirks of your oven, you will become better and better at judging the time it needs to get that perfect bread. Have fun!

Black sesame seeds bread.

Black sesame seeds bread.

Black Sesame Seeds Bread

5.0 from 12 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 3 hours 20 mins

Serves: 12

Print Recipe


  • Bread dough
  • 7 gram (1 packet, or 2 1/4 teaspoon) active dry yeast
  • 5 gram (~ 1 teaspoon) sugar
  • 200 ml (13.5 tablespoon) milk, lukewarm (38 Celsius/100 Fahrenheit)
  • 320-360 gram (~ 3 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 75 gram (~ 6 tablespoon) sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 35 gram (~ 2.5 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened
  • Black sesame seeds filling
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoon black sesame seeds, toasted and ground
  • 6 tablespoon sugar
  • Egg wash
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoon water
  • black sesame seeds for decoration, toasted (optional)


  1. Mix together active dry yeast, 5 gram sugar, and lukewarm milk. Set aside to bloom, or until foamy and frothy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt. Make a well, then add in egg yolks, butter, and yeast solution. Knead until smooth and soft, only adding a bit of flour if necessary. Kneading time is about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Place bread dough in a bowl, cover with a wet kitchen towel/saran plastic. Set aside to proof until volume is almost doubled, about 1 hour in a warm kitchen.
  4. Meanwhile, grease and flour a 9" cake pan. Also, mix together the 1/4 cup ground toasted black sesame seeds and the 1/4 cup sugar. Set these aside.
  5. Once the bread has finished proofing, punch down to remove air bubbles. Then transfer the bread to a lightly floured work surface. Knead for 2 minutes, then divide into 12 portions.
  6. To shape the bread, roll each bread dough portion into an oblong about 3"x5". Brush with melted unsalted butter, spread 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds sugar mixture to half the dough (lengthwise), leaving 0.5" of the edges uncovered, fold the dough to encase the filling, pinching the edges so the filling doesn't leak. Then make 2 slits lengthwise, grab each end with your hands, then gently twirls a couple of times, and connect the two ends to create a spiral shape. Place the shaped dough onto the prepared pan.
  7. Cover the pan with a wet kitchen towel/saran plastic wrap. Let the dough proof until volume is doubled, about 1 hour in a warm kitchen.
  8. Preheat oven to 180 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit). Mix together egg yolk with 2 teaspoon water to make an egg wash and brush the top of the bread liberally with this. If you wish, you can also sprinkle the bread with some toasted black sesame seeds. Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
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  • Beth Pierce Beth Pierce says:

    This was such a great tasting bread and was a lot easier to make than I initially thought!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Definitely a very deceiving looking bread Beth. Everyone who sees this thinks I must be a baking goddess. If they only knew just how easy it is to create the lovely spiral shape. :)

  • Raia Todd Raia Todd says:

    These look delicious! I love the sweet buttery goodness paired with the savory sesame seeds. Gorgeous recipe!

  • Roxana Roxana says:

    This looks amazing. I bake a lot of bread and this reminds me of some that I try. Have to make this one.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Roxana, if you have your own trusted sweet yeast bread dough recipe, feel free to use yours and only follow my recipe for the black sesame seeds filling. :)

  • Andrea Metlika Andrea Metlika says:

    This bread looks awesome. I've never had anything like this before. I can't wait to try it.

  • Natalie Natalie says:

    Oh wow this just made me drool, like seriously. I wish for a piece of that delicious bread right now. I can't wait to make this for me and my family. I already saved the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • Karen Sun Karen Sun says:

    Hi I was wondering do you really knead 20-30 min? And how do you recommend to ground the black sesame seeds? Thank you!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Karen, the ideal stopping point is when the bread dough reaches window pane stage, which takes about 20-30 minutes of kneading time. If you have a stand mixer, it will help tremendously since you can just leave the mixer to knead it on its own.

      If you are kneading with hands, or even hand-held mixer, I understand that it may become tiring before reaching window pane stage. I would say, it is safe to stop kneading once the dough is soft, elastic, and not sticky to touch, though for me, even this usually takes at least 15 minutes before I'm satisfied.

      As for the black sesame seeds, the best way is to use a spice/coffee grinder, though you can also do it manually with a mortar and pestle too. Always toast the sesame seeds prior to grinding.

  • Milky Milky says:

    Beautiful, soft and fluffy rolls with a nutty sweet filling. I made these since I had a bunch of egg yolks leftover from another recipe. I have no complaints about these- they're lightly sweet, fun to knead and shape, and make the kitchen smell amazing. I love how dramatic the black sesame looks, too.

    I remember a long time ago (In Malaysia?) looking at a convenience store freezer, the picture on the outside was of pink, white, and brown ice cream. I figured it was strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate, but when I got closer to read the flavors, it was red bean, tofu, and sesame. I think even now (black) sesame can fool me into thinking something tastes "chocolatey" hahah.

  • Gloria Gloria says:

    Well this pandemic has certainly brought out the bread baking skills. This sounds fantastic. I have to hunt down some black sesame seeds.

  • Jenn Jenn says:

    Sweet and buttery with the savory goodness of sesame seeds makes this bread a real treat in my house!

  • Suzy Suzy says:

    Love how simple the bread recipe is! Also loving the filling! So good!

  • Abigail Raines Abigail Raines says:

    Having grown up in the Philippines, I have loved many sweets with sesame seeds so this gorgeous and delicious bread is right up my alley! So fluffy and tasty, it's like little bites of heaven!

  • Toni Toni says:

    It was a huge hit at my house!! Everyone loved it!

  • Aiesha Blair Aiesha Blair says:

    Tried it and was a success! Easy to make and very tasty.

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