Asparagus Baton Bread with Sesame Seeds

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Crisp crust with a moist and soft interior, this is an interesting and a perfect spring bread recipe, especially with asparagus season in full swing. This Baton is based on a bread recipe from daheim und unterwegs.

  • 175 g Bread flour
  • 3 g Salt
  • 3 g Fresh yeast
  • 115 ml Water, at room temperature
  • 200 g Green asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2cm pieces
  • 188 ml Water, at room temperature
  • 325 g Bread flour
  • 50 g Sesame seeds, lightly roasted
  • 10 g Sugar
  • 7 g Salt
  • 12 g Fresh yeast
  1. In a mixing bowl, stir all the starter ingredients until you get a rough dough ball. Cover with a plastic film and leave it at the room temperature for an hour. Transfer the starter, still covered, to the fridge and leave it for 15-24 hours.
  2. Trim, rinse and dry the green asparagus. Cut them into 2cm pieces. Dissolve the starter with water in the mixing bowl of your stand mixer. Add in bread flour, sesame seeds, sugar, salt and yeast. Stir at low speed for 3 minutes, then increase the speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and pliable. Turn the dough on a lightly floured work surface, gently knead green asparagus pieces into the dough until evenly distributed.
  3. Cover the dough and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into two portions. Shape each into a round. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes.
  4. Shape each dough into a baton on a floured work surface and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover and allow them to rise for 45 minutes.
  5. Place a roasting pan at the bottom shelf and preheat the oven to 230C450F. Just before putting the bread into the hot oven, slash the tops in an asterisk with a sharp knife or with a floured scissor snip 1/2-inch-deep V into top of each roll.
  6. Place the bread in the oven and throw a handful of ice cubes into the roasting pan. Close the oven door and bake for 35-40 minutes until nicely golden brown and crusty. Remove the bread and allow them to cool on a wire rack to room temperature before cutting. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

I am sending this to the "Bake Your Own Bread-April" at Girlichef.


ELENA S 22/4/12 07:32

What a yummy spring bread......i will try it soon!!!Hi from sunny GREECE!!!

Katerina 22/4/12 08:40

A bread filled with asparagus is such a lovely idea! Crusty on top and soft inside looks like the perfect accompaniment to any meal!

Jeannie Tay 22/4/12 08:47

First time I m seeing asparagus in bread, now I am curious about the taste too!
Looks beautiful and delicious!

Anne@FromMySweetHeart 22/4/12 09:27

Angie...this is beautiful! I love this because it's not the same typical veggies we've seen in bread before! A perfect springtime bread! : )

Anonymous 22/4/12 09:57

What a unique idea Angie - I love asparagus and bread and putting the two together must be fabulous.
:-) Mandy

Katia 22/4/12 10:03

Angie, I'm so impressed by you baking skills. I've never seen asparagus in bread, that looks delicious, summery and perfect for a picnic!
Have a lovely Sunday!

uno Scoiattolo in dispensa 22/4/12 10:53

what an unusual interesting bread!

The Culinary Lens 22/4/12 10:58

I am sure the Asparagus flavor permeates the bread. The crumb on this is fantastic

Choc Chip Uru 22/4/12 11:07

What a stunning bread :D
I love the small hints of asparagus you see in the cross section - divine!

Choc Chip Uru

Rosa's Yummy Yums 22/4/12 11:18

Those are so original and beautiful! A great idea.



Cinnamon and Thyme 22/4/12 11:26

What a great idea :). You are so creative. Really nice recipe.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 22/4/12 11:51

you always make the best breads nice one another hit!

Amanda @ Thinly Sliced Cucumber 22/4/12 12:28

Well I've had bread with asparagus on it, but never bread with asparagus in it! I love this idea! Two of my favorite things together as one.

Becki's Whole Life 22/4/12 13:23

I wonder if the asparagus gets nice and crisp when you toast it? I bet it does - this sounds so yummy!

Anonymous 22/4/12 14:28

What a unique combination Angie, I would never have thought to put asparagus into a loaf. Does the asparagus stay firm or does it get mushy?

Jocie's Mom 22/4/12 14:50

Your bread looks so perfect! Crisp and light and asparagussy :) Fabulous

tania@mykitchenstories 22/4/12 14:50

I have never seen anything like this . Wow. In New Zealand an old 70's favourite was to roll canned asparagus in sliced white bread, This is like the very gourmet version of that

Abby 22/4/12 15:13

Wow! I really want to try this bread. Gorgeous photos as always :)

Belinda @zomppa 22/4/12 15:52

A rather unusual bread...but then again, have learned not to expect the expected from you!

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse 22/4/12 16:47

oh my! I am a bread lover and I can't stop admiring your asparagus bread!! It looks so beautiful with the nice texture, and I believe it taste yummylicious too!

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 22/4/12 17:28

Gorgeous! I'd never think to have an asparagus bread, it looks fantastic.

Anonymous 22/4/12 17:48

Your blog isn't showing up in my reader anymore. :-( So sad about that.

Robyn 22/4/12 18:15

Beautiful! This bread would go nicely with soup.

Heather S-G 22/4/12 18:43

Oh, these loaves are LOVELY! I don't think I would have thought of putting asparagus actually IN the bread---I really wish I could reach in and grab one. Thank you so much for sharing them!

Amy (Savory Moments) 22/4/12 18:48

Asparagus in bread?? Amazing! This looks so unique and lovely!

Ivy 22/4/12 18:53

Your breads are exceptional Angie. I want to grab one right now.

MunatyCooking 22/4/12 20:07

Love the bread Angie, it looks beautiful indeed!

Rosita Vargas 22/4/12 20:52

Vuestro pan es una tentación luce delicioso y bello me encanta,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Anonymous 22/4/12 21:21

I love the idea of a freshly baked bread with asparagus inside! So perfect for spring!

Claudia 22/4/12 22:07

Asparagus and bread! I am always amazed when I come here and now am getting hungry - it' just gorgeous. And made for spring.

Alida 22/4/12 22:51

What a delicious spring recipe and very inventive. Well done!

Lenia 22/4/12 22:55

Very interesting idea!This bread looks amazing!Have a lovely week,dear!

Lorraine 23/4/12 00:18

This looks wonderful. That is one impressive and delicious looking bread:)

Amy 23/4/12 00:58

I never would have thought to include asparagus in a bread, but it sounds delicious! Your bread is lovely as well, I am drooling over the photos!

beti 23/4/12 01:49

I never thought about making asparagus bread, it's really a strange combination but it seems to work pretty good

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 23/4/12 02:38

Ah, Angie, you're amazing! I love that you've put asparagus in this gorgeous looking bread... I've seen potato and onion but not asparagus - how great.

Unknown 23/4/12 04:12

What an unusual loaf! Must be delicious!

myFudo 23/4/12 08:42

The added nutrients that asparagus gives this bread is a real treat for moms and kids. This is terrific!

Cheah 23/4/12 11:01

I like the name as well as the look of this bread. Goes well with some hot soup .....yum!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 23/4/12 12:30

How creative Angie. I've never seen this. It makes such a pretty presentation too.

Priya Suresh 23/4/12 12:58

Omg, mindblowing bread..well done..

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 23/4/12 14:10

Wonderful idea! I love asparagus so I would be happy to eat this bread anytime :)

lena 23/4/12 16:28

hi angie, first time i'm seeing asparagus in bread! Never come across my mind of using these in breads! it looks lovely, beautiful loaves!!

kitchen flavours 23/4/12 17:56

Gorgeous bread, Angie! What an interesting one too, with asparagus! Looks really good!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 23/4/12 18:25

What a fabulous idea to incorporate asparagus into bread! I would have never thought to do that. You are so creative, Angie!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 23/4/12 19:24

Oh my goodness, what a brilliant idea, Angie! Bread and asparagus - too favorites in one bite :)

Pam 23/4/12 19:32

I would never have thought to add asparagus to freshly baked bread... it looks fabulous!

tigerfish 23/4/12 21:05

This is my first time seeing asparagus bread and am loving the idea so much!

Devaki 23/4/12 22:21

Right you are ANGIE! Your batons due true justice to spring with asparagus peeking out in every slice. So easy to make too! I am bookmarking this to be made very soon :)

chow! Devaki @weavethousandflavors

MaryMoh 24/4/12 00:12

I have never seen asparagus in bread! I thought I landed on another planet...haha. I really like the look of the asparagus in the bread. Just looks so beautiful. You've just made it healthier :D Thanks very much for sharing!

Torviewtoronto 24/4/12 00:59

interesting delicious looking bread

Reeni 24/4/12 03:33

I never saw asparagus baked in bread before! So interesting and unique! And of course delicious!

Baker Street 24/4/12 06:06

Oh my! Asparagus is surely been doing the rounds now and there have been tons of recipes I've seen in the last two weeks but this one is exceptionally unique. Love the idea of asparagus bread A! :)

Barbara Bakes 24/4/12 15:18

Gorgeous loaves! Love the perfect golden brown color.

mr. pineapple man 24/4/12 15:43

I could eat a whole loaf right now....making me hungry again!

Faith 24/4/12 16:04

Your bread is absolutey stunning! So perfect for spring with the asparagus!

Sanjeeta kk 24/4/12 17:00

Oh..what a wonderful crust..the bread looks perfectly appetizing!!

Dining Alone 24/4/12 17:18

Two of my favorite things together, this is such a great idea!

Asmita 24/4/12 18:35

What a beautiful bread! I love it!

Juliana 24/4/12 20:15

So pretty this bread with asparagus...I love the color contrast...not only beautiful as well and tasty.
Have a great week Angie :)

Pilar. Cook and Spoon 24/4/12 20:45

Thanks for visiting. I love your blog and recipes. They look so delicious that I'm your new follower. Regards from Spain.

Cucina49 24/4/12 22:33

This sounds like my kind of bread--crusty on the outside and tender inside. Plus you can't go wrong with asparagus and sesame seeds!

Gloria Baker 24/4/12 23:51

what nice bread Angie, really nice!!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 25/4/12 00:48

You are amazing, Angie!!! I've never seen such a bread, but I LOVE it!!! And what beautiful pops of green in the slices~

Elisabeth 25/4/12 03:05

What a genius idea for spring! Asparagus in bread? Wow! absolutely amazing, Angie. Love both loaves, the slices, and the superb recipe, and photos!
Thanks for you sweet and kind words on my blog:DDD

noobcook 25/4/12 07:01

your kitchen must be always smelling lovely with all these gorgeous bakes.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover 25/4/12 11:20

asparagus in the bread, sound so good and healthy!

Anonymous 25/4/12 12:28

Je-A-lous!!!! I love asparaus, although i'm not sure the family would like this.

Unknown 25/4/12 13:06

Asparagus bread is a really nice idea!

Dude for Food 25/4/12 16:08

Wow, this is refreshingly different! Looks delicious and healthy!

easyfoodsmith 25/4/12 18:32

A lovely bread indeed...baked to perfection. Asparagus addition is very innovative.

Jennifer Kendall 25/4/12 21:14

what an interesting bread! love that asparagus!

Anonymous 25/4/12 21:44

Asparagus. In bread. Mind = blown! This sounds incredible, Angie. :)

Tiffany 26/4/12 03:59

This bread is stunning! What a perfect way to use spring asparagus!

Roxana {A little bit of everything} 26/4/12 04:22

i've tried so many veggies and fruit in my breads but you beat me to the asparagus. I love it and have to try it!

motherrimmy 26/4/12 04:27

You always have the most inspired recipes. I was thinking about your blog tonight as I was making a salad to go with a pork recipe and decided to think outside of the box like you do. Thanks for being my inspiration!

Frank 26/4/12 05:06

I have been baking for a long time even in Germany and I have never seen asparagus in bread. Fantastic idea, healthy and I'm sure tasty.

mjskit 26/4/12 05:09

I certainly don't need to tell you how beautiful this bread is! Ingenious! Your pictures have made me very hungry!

vianney 26/4/12 05:27

what a feast for the eyes... one lovely loaf Angie!!

My Little Space 27/4/12 09:08

WOW...another great job on your bread. Simply amazing! Thans again for sharing another great recipe, Angie.

rick vancleave 27/4/12 21:45

Angie you amaze me with your breads. I wish i could get mine to turn out like yours. Thanks for sharing

Terra 28/4/12 01:57

Oh my husband would adore this recipe, it sounds amazing! Hugs, Terra

Angela 29/4/12 14:38

I've never thought of putting asparagus in bread. What a fun idea!

Jo 30/4/12 02:29

Angie, this is such a gorgeous looking loaf. I would never have thought of using asparagus. Lovely clicks and makes me want to grab a piece to try.

chow and chatter 30/4/12 05:14

wow this is genius in season bread love it

Rachel @ Bakerita 30/4/12 05:27

Wow, that looks amazing! That would be the perfect base for a crostini or even on it's own. It looks scrumptious...I wouldn't complain if someone gave me a loaf of that!

Joy 1/5/12 02:52

That looks so cool.

The Duo Dishes 1/5/12 22:53

You found a new way to take advantage of the season's asparagus bounty! Love that. With just a smear of butter, it would be perfect.

sally 3/5/12 15:13

Very creative--I've never thought of putting asparagus into bread!

Helene Dsouza 4/5/12 17:28

omg angie I am jelouse! seriously u r torturing me with aspargus and fresh sesame bread. need to get an oven and aspargus RIGHT NOW!!!

Anonymous 9/5/12 14:17

oh my... how did I miss these? amazing bread Angie, and so original with the asparagus. love your excellent work with the scoring of the loaves.

Jenny 11/5/12 19:27

Holy Toledo! That asparagus bread is bloody genius! Absolutely genius.

RecipeNewZ 21/5/12 02:15

I love this bread! It looks so gorgeous! Recenlty I've been only making plain breads. I have to try adding some veggies, like this. Great post, thanks for sharing, Angie :-)


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