How to Adhere Sesame Seeds to Bread Crust

By Angela LaFollette

Sweet and nutty, sesame seeds add another flavor dimension to breads. The white, cream-colored, brown or black seeds are often sprinkled on breads, including bagels and hamburger buns. The seeds will not stick to the bread if you just sprinkle them over the raw dough before you bake it. You need to use an egg wash first so the seeds stick to the top of the bread.

Brushing egg on bread dough
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Once you've shaped the bread, use the egg wash, then the sesame seeds.

Step 1

Knead and shape the dough after it rises.

Step 2

Combine 3 tablespoons water with 1 egg. Beat the egg with a stick blender or a fork.

Step 3

Brush the beaten egg over the bread.

Step 4

Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the bread and bake according to the recipe.