How to Make Sesame Bread
PREP TIME: 360 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
1. Make the Sponge First Rising (one hour)
1c Absolutely lukewarm water
2c Spelt Flour
Mix the honey with the absolutely lukewarm water. Dissolve the yeast in the honey water to activate it. Wait until the yeast is bubbling and frothing up (about 20 minutes). Add the flour and whip the sponge with an egg beater, about 100 strokes. Cover and let the dough rise for 40 minutes, or until double in size. Covering is important because it helps the yeast hold its heat and quickens rising time.
Hint: Bread making is yoga: Right-handed folks should use their left hand and left-handed folks their right. The opposite hand balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Caution: Cooked honey is considered sticky and toxic in Ayurveda, clogging the channels. We used honey here assuming it gets digested by the yeast. The safer option is agave syrup.
2. Complete the batter Second Rising (one hour)
1c Ground sesame seed (use a coffee grinder)
2c Spelt flour
2c Additional flour for kneading
Mix in the ground sesame, salt, and flour into the batter. Continue adding flour until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Strengthen the dough by following these important rules: 1) Knead the dough at least 10 minutes or until it is very springy; 2) Never cut or break the dough after step one above; 3) Always fold, knead, or stir in the same direction to lengthen the strands of protein.
To knead the dough: 1) If the dough is sticky, sprinkle the counter surface and dough completely with some additional flour. 2) Then, pull the far side of the dough over the near side, completely covering it plus some. 3) Push both wrists into the dough away from you. 4) Turn the dough by one quarter. Repeat these steps for at least 10 minutes or until very springy.
Clean the bread bowl and oil the surface. Place the dough in the bowl and cover. Let it rise for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
3) Third Rising (one hour)
Punch the dough down. Cover and let rise another 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
4) Fourth Rising (one and a half hours)
Punch the dough down. Oil the muffin pan. I use muffin pans because the serving size is perfect and there are plenty of crispy edges. Fill the muffin holes half way. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Let rise for 20 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
How Can Sesame Bread Make You Feel Great?
Bread is about sharing life. Autumn is a time of sharing, as people gather together to warm each other as the days get shorter and cooler. This nuturing bread recipe reminds us to revel in the togetherness of colder weather. Thanksgiving is on its way, and the joy and celebration of the winter holidays are right around the corner. Baking breads grounds us, easing the transition from the burn-out of late summer to the restful nature of the chilly months. If you can accept and embrace the flow of the seasons, there is no reason to fear the illnesses that come from rejecting the needs of our bodies during seasonal change. If you are able to digest grains, grains build ojas
, which is the essence of all bodily tissues. Ojas is Ayurveda's word for nourishing. Ojas builds heartiness, which strengthens your resiliency to disease. Ojas gets depleted by the hot rays of the sun, which dry bodily tissues. Rebuilding ojas in the fall is a great way to prepare for winter.
Spelt flour is a special kind of wheat flour with less gluten, so it can be easier to digest than regular wheat. Sesame provides rich ojas-building oils and is warming for colder temperatures of the fall.
All breads are drying and soak up precious digestive juices in the stomach. We recommend hydrating this bread first by dipping it in a sambar soup
, or a delicious seasonal soup of your choice. Or, generously slather the bread with ghee.
WHAT IS SESAME BREAD?
I've had a vision of light, fluffy-fresh baked bread for several years, of wholesome goodness without the stickiness of high-gluten wheat flours. After many experiments, I finally spent a morning sunrise re-reading the famous Tassajara Bread Book
looking for hidden hints I might have missed. It had been several years since the first time I thumbed through its contemplative reflections on folding hands & kneading dough. This recipe is modeled after Tassajara Bread Recipe #1.
September sesame bread recipe was also built with hints from many cooks from Virginia to New Mexico. For example, Frank Cook taught me to activate the yeast in honey. Two hidden hints from Tassajara
were notablewhipping the sponge and strengthening the dough, explained below. Golden brown, breath, bread of lifebaking bread is a quiet act in embodying a spiritual life. Welcome.
Makes 6+ muffins. Takes one hour of work and six hours of waiting, meditating, or sitting on the porch.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
Is Sesame Bread Good for Me?
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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A constituent of wheat, barley and rye that is sticky, heavy, and cold. Many people are allergic to gluten.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
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Heart & Circulation:
An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'
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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BLOOD-TONIC
Lung and Sinus:
Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMULCENT
An herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
LEARN MORE ABOUT PROMOTES-FERTILITY
Herbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MUSCLE-TONIC
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.