Multi Grain Panini

My girls love bread.  They would eat bread all day long if I let them!  So, in an attempt to give them something healthier, I am baking more bread than I used to.  And I have taken up baking whole meal or multi grain breads more than white bread.  This is a very easy recipe that you can make at home without too much hassle.  It yields panini with a crunchy crust and a somewhat dense but soft crumb… which I think complements the multi grain texture of the flour.  I also add sesame seeds on the top as I think they look pretty!  These panini are great with some home-made salty butter and/or to accompany a nice bowl of warm soup!


600 gms – 1.3 lbs multi grain flour
2+1 tbsp sesame seeds
7 gms – ¼ ounce dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 heaped tsp salt
300 ml – 1 ¼ cup water (or a little less, add slowly)

Put the yeast and the sugar in 300 ml – 1 ¼ cup of lukewarm water and set aside in a container at least twice that size so the yeast can activate.

In the meantime put the multi grain flour, 2 tbsp of sesame seeds, salt and extra virgin olive oil in a mixer with a dough hook.  When the yeast mixture is frothy pour it into the mixer.  Knead for a couple of minutes, till the dough looks smooth.  It must feel soft and elastic when you touch it.  If you do not have a mixer, you can knead all the ingredients by hand for 5 to 10 minutes.

Make a ball with the kneaded dough, dust it with flour and set it aside in a large bowl covered with a dry cloth to rise for at least 2 hours or until it doubles in volume.

Now you can shape your panini.  You can make them into balls or into mini loaves.

Brush them with some water and sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds.

Make some patterns on the surface of the panini using a knife and cover them with a tea towel.

Pre heat the oven to 50°C (120°F), put it off and put the covered panini inside it to rise for 15 minutes or until they double in size again.

Take them out of the oven, remove the tea towel and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 5 minutes, then decrease the temperature to 180°C (350°F) and bake for another 12 minutes or until brown on outside and hollow inside.

Multi Grain Panini

Multi Grain Panini

Multi Grain Panini

Multi Grain Panini


On another note, while I was away, Erin over at Dinner, Dishes, and Desserts awarded me The Butterfly award!  Thank you so much Erin for such a sweet award.  If you still don’t know Erin’s blog, you should go check it out, it is fantastic!

And last but surely not least, I am so thrilled to announce that the Beef Rendang recipe I have published a couple of weeks ago has been featured on Yummly in the article of October 18th, 2011 titled Spice Up Your Evenings with Delicious Curries!  Check it out!  AND Manu’s Menu has the honour to now be a part of the Certified Yummly list!  Hooray!!! :-)

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  1. says

    Oh, Manu, this could become my new favorite bread! I love multigrain bread, and your rolls look better than anything I could find in a bakery! YUM.

  2. says

    This bread looks awesome. I love fresh bread too, and especially prefer multi-grain over white.

    Congrats on Erin’s award and especially with Yummly!

  3. says

    It’s posts like this that make me want to conquer my aversion to baking. I would buy this bread in a heartbeat if I saw it in a bakery window! Very impressive.

  4. says

    I love those bread rolls too!

    There must be something wrong with my yeast… It never becomes that frothy! I mean not even if I leave it there for a day… I think it might have expired…

  5. says

    Congratulations on your recent publication in Yummly! What a great achievement, Manu. The bread looks amazing. I love the addition of sesame seeds…have you thought about adding flax seeds? They say grinding them is healthier, but I like the crunchiness of the seeds themselves.

  6. says

    Rustic type breads go well with so many things. I love all the whole grains in there, yet I have never baked with that type of flour. That may be changing soon-your post is inspiring. Great post.

  7. says

    Those are lovely looking bread, Manu! I can imagine the smell of those panini right out of the oven and with hot-freshly brewed coffee… I’m in heaven. Thank you for sharing this Manu and I hope you are having a wonderful week. :)

    ~ ray ~

  8. says

    I prefer these seedy types of bread compared to white bread – it’s just so much better for you, and I love the differing textures seeds and grains can give a loaf as well.

  9. says

    I loves multi-grain bread, I think I will have a good time with ur doughter with a boz of bread!! LOL
    tq for the recipe manu and congratz to being reafuted ad Yummy and certified of yummy list! happy for u!
    and sory for the late reply, it’s being hectic at home so I only have a little time to do the blogging surfing :)
    congratz my dear again! 😉

  10. says

    Questo tipo di pane è delizioso, e a te è venuto benissimo!! Sai che in Italia il pane costa carissimo – almeno al nord – e quello coi semi è fra i più costosi?! Poi quando vai a vedere, molte volte è ricavato da impasti congelati…Fatto in casa, magari biologico, è meglio!! Peccato non avere sempre il tempo, però

  11. says

    Thanks Manu for sharing your recipe. I love fresh bread and since I have moved to the US it’s harder to find fresh baked bread. Your recipe is wonderful. Whole grain with all the great sesame seeds inside. I just bought some yeast, have to try your recipe this weekend.:-)

  12. says

    Congratulations on getting your recipe published and for being on the Yummly list! Thank you for posting this recipe! I, too, am trying to get back into breadmaking. There’s something so zenlike about kneading bread. These multigrain panini look awesome! The only problem will be resisting eating them as soon as they come out of the oven. I’ve already got the butter waiting at room temp. :)

  13. says

    gosh these look like something u’d buy in a shop!

    i wouldnt mind ur bread with some melted butter .. i know it’ll make my stomach very happy!

  14. says

    What beautiful bread! Your girls are lucky you are willing to make them healthy whole grain breads. There’s nothing better than the smell of home baked bread coming out of the oven.


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