How to Adhere Sesame Seeds to Bread Crust

Written by angela lafollette | 13/05/2017
How to Adhere Sesame Seeds to Bread Crust
Sesame seeds add texture to breads. (crust of bread image by Aleksandr Popov from

Sesame seeds come from the sesame flowering plant that grows naturally in tropical regions throughout the world. The edible seeds grow in pods and they range in colours such as black, white and off-white. The seeds are often added to breads like bagels and hamburger buns. The seeds will not stick to the bread if you just sprinkle them over the dough. They need to be adhered with an egg wash so that they do not fall off the bread.

Knead and shape the dough after it rises. You will add the sesame seeds before you place the bread in the oven.

Combine 3 tbsp of water with 1 egg. Beat the egg with a stick blender to combine the water with the egg.

Brush the beaten egg over the bread crust.

Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the bread so that they stick to the egg mixture. Divide the dough if necessary and bake the bread according to the recipe.


Brush the bread with egg whites instead of a whole egg.


Always wash your hands after handling raw eggs to prevent spreading harmful bacteria.

Things you need

  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 egg
  • Stick blender
  • Pastry brush

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