The theme of this cookbook is recipes that you can make over the course of a day or two...but - unless it's something like the chocolate croissants I made recently - I'm not usually patient enough to stretch my baking over several days. So I made these (very easy!) rolls early this morning and I was enjoying two of them with jam and coffee before noon.
These rolls were super easy to make and I was very pleased with the results - they were soft and tender and had a nice, slightly sweet flavor. The addition of three egg yolks gave them a deeper flavor and also prevented them from being dry. They kind of reminded me of a Portuguese sweet bread but not as sweet.
I used about 1/3 cup of lowfat milk and the rest half and half, and I also substituted dry active yeast for the instant yeast called for in the recipe. I didn't bother to proof the dry active yeast first or adjust the amount of yeast and the rolls turned out fine. They did, however, take longer to rise (due to change in yeast type) but other than that they came out wonderfully!
A few pictures:
|mise en place - all the ingredients are staples|
|the dry ingredients are mixed together and then the warm cream and butter are drizzled in|
and last the 3 egg yolks are added
The dough is kneaded in the mixer for 5 minutes and then set in a warm place to rise for about 45-55 minutes until doubled in size. I let mine rise for about 10 extra minutes because my kitchen was cool and I made the yeast substitute mentioned above. After the first rise, the dough is gently deflated and then measured into 16 equal-sized pieces (I actually only measured out 15 rolls, each weighing 60 grams). To form the rolls, you take one piece in the palm of your hand and, using your thumb to keep the dough tucked under, you roll it around on the countertop until it forms a smooth ball.
|after the first rise the rolls are shaped and go in to the pan for a second rise|
|after the second rise|
|baked to a golden brown then brushed with melted butter and given a tiny sprinkle of sea salt|
|the rolls pull apart easily and reveal a soft white inside|
|the crumb was light and tender and the rolls were very soft - yummy!|
Bye for now...