I decided to make a loaf of whole wheat sesame seed bread and then make a yummy whole wheat crust pizza the next night. I am not going to lie- I love to knead dough. It's relaxing and the results are always impressive.

Whole Wheat Sesame Seed Bread

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cups water
2 tbsp celtic sea salt
1 package active yeast
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Combine flour, salt, and yeast in bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add water. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined and crumbly, then finish mixing with your hands. The dough should be a little sticky, but holds its ball shape.

Place the dough in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Let sit in a warm, draft-free area for 8-12 hours. The dough will double in size.

After it has risen, flour your hands and knead the dough for 10 minutes. Place the dough ball back in the bowl, cover it, and leave it for another hour.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place a dutch oven or large metal pot in the oven while it preheats. When it reaches 450 degrees, take out the pot. Lightly mist the dough with cooking spray and place it in a dutch oven or large metal pot with lid. Take the sesame seeds and pour them onto the top of the dough carefully, pushing them down where necessary. It's okay if some spill over. *** Be very careful as the pot is VERY hot from the oven. I've burned myself twice.

Make sure the lid is secure and place back in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, CAREFULLY take off the lid and let it bake for another 15-16 minutes. Let cool on wire rack when finished.

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