Crusty Mini Loaves

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon water (70° to 80°)
3 teaspoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup seven-grain cereal
1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon cold water
Sesame or poppy seeds, optional

In bread machine pan, place the first six ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). When the cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into four portions; shape into 6-in. loaves.

Place on a greased baking sheet. Cut slits in the top of each loaf. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk and water; brush over dough. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 4 loaves (5 slices each).