hot cross buns earlier this year with tossing them about very gently in the fine semolina. As you can see in the photo below I only use my fingertips, as much as possible to keep as much air in the rolls. The I gently shape them, gently pulling the top of the dough to the bottom. The top (which was the bottom) should be smooth. When I pull the dough down sometime air pocket appear, which is a good sign that the dough has lots of air in it (don't pop it). And the tighter the dough the better the crust.
hedgehog rolls some time.
Variations on the dough that could be used for these rolls:
- Carrot, onion and poppyseed bread
- Charcoal sourdough bread
- Malted loaf with chocolate, figs and brazil nuts
- Overnight sourdough bread with mashed potato
- Sourdough fruit bread with poppy seeds
Overnight Sourdough Breadrolls
Adapted from Green Gourmet Giraffe
Makes 6-12 rolls:
150g of bubbly starter
475g of flour
fine semolina (or flour or fine polenta) to dust
[A few hours before making the loaf, take sourdough starter out of the fridge and feed it so it gets nice and bubbly.]
About an hour before going to bed (or first thing in the morning) mix everything together. It is easiest to mix everything except flour first and then add flour. Use hands to mix if required. Set aside covered with a tea towel for half an hour. Knead in the bowl for about 15 seconds. Cover with greased clingwrap or a bowl cover and leave at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours.
Sprinkle semolina or flour generously onto table or board. Scrape dough out onto this surface. Cut into 6, 8 or 12 pieces. I use a plastic cutter but a large sharp knife will do - and might need some flouring. The dough will probably need some flour to make it easier to handle it.
Gently roll each piece into a ball. Do this by putting the corners as tightly as possible around the bun (without squishing the bun) so the floured bottom of the bun is like a little blanket around the bun. Turn it over so the floured bottom is a smooth top. Toss in flour/semolina to stop it being sticky but treat it as though it is very fragile just using finger tips. Then use your hands to shape as much as possible but don't worry too much if the bottom looks like a scrunched blanket.
Grease or line the bottom of a casserole dish with a lid (mine is enamel). Sprinkle with some semolina or polenta. Place rolls here as you shape them. They can be either close together or have space between - if they are close together they can lose their round shape. Let them rise in the casserole for 30 minutes with the lid on. While the rolls rise, preheat oven to 240 C.
Slash each roll once or twice (I do this in the casserole dish). Bake for 20 minutes with lid (or foil cover) on. Remove lid and bake another 10-20 minutes. Bread is ready if it sounds hollow when tapped.
Cool on a wire rack or eat warm. Can be frozen on the day of baking and then microwaved on 30 seconds at 50% power in the morning and used to make rolls for lunch.
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Music from the motion picture Control, a film by Anton Corbijn - Various Artists