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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32 Responses to MULTI GRAIN PANINI

  1. Pingback: Multi Grain Panini | Food Frenzy

  2. Liz 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.

  3. Curt 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!

  4. What beautiful bread…I wish I had some of it cooking in my over right now.

  5. They look soooo good and crunchy outside, and soft inside. Great recipe. I will use it.

  6. Joan Nova 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.

  7. PolaM 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…

  8. 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.

  9. Asiya says:

    Looks fantastic! I love bread and recently have started baking bread too (now that I finally figured out how to work with yeast)!!!

  10. 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.

  11. This bread looks amazing! I love making homemade bread, but I haven’t done much with whole wheat flour. I want to – so I am bookmarking this for later!! Thanks!

  12. These look delicious. I bake bread a lot, but have never used multi grain flour. I think I’ll have to give these a try. Love your photos also!

  13. Parsley Sage says:

    Congrats on being yummly! I knew that WAY before you got certified though :) Awesome panini and double plus good with the sesame seeds! Buzzed!

  14. Me muero, que rico pan…!!!
    I will die, what a delicious bread…!!!

  15. wok with ray 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 ~

  16. JasmyneTea 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.

  17. Elies_Lie 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! ;)

  18. I love home-made bread, too! And this fall I never made it, yet!
    BTW, here in Italy this kind of yeast doesn’t exist, or is it just mine that doesn’t get foamy?! :S

  19. Lilla 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

  20. Purabi Naha says:

    Manu, really admire how you made these paninis. Look very delicious!! Looking forward to learning more from you.

  21. Janet says:

    These look delicious!

  22. visda 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.:-)

  23. mjskit 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. :)

  24. Dolly 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!

  25. Jeanette 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.

  26. Wow, they look terrific! And here’s me not even knowing that you could buy multi-grain flour…

  27. I have been promising myself I will start baking bread at home but have not gotten around to trying it yet. I will, and when I do I will try these.

  28. Anne says:

    I have a question about the flour. Would White Whole Wheat Flour work?

  29. I would eat bread all day long too if given the chance! There is nothing like fresh baked bread. This looks amazing. Im sure your girls loved them.

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