October 17, 2014
When it comes to baking, making buns (or rolls) are on top on my list. They are fairly easy to make and versatile and with the help of kitchen gadgets, like the KitchenAid Mixer I use, it never been easier or faster to make them. If you don't have a mixer, no worries. Use a whisk first (or a wooden spoon) to mix together the wet and dry ingredients, then knead dough by hand until becomes smooth and elastic.
Home made buns are a welcome addition to any meal and the aroma of baking bread filling the kitchen is something I'm always looking forward to with anticipation, Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
2-1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 cup water
3 tbsp. butter, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Spelt flour or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
Pace 1/4 cup warm water into a small bowl; add yeast and sugar; stir to blend; set aside until foamy. (This is called proofing and it’s the sure way to know that you have an active working yeast, specially if you don’t bake with yeast often).
In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, spelt flour, cornmeal, and salt.
Place water into a small sauce pan and heat until hot; add 2 tablespoons butter and stir until butter has melted. Pour mixture into the mixer bowl. Add yeast and the egg. Using the paddle attachment, beat until blended. Add about 1 cup of dry ingredients and mix all together for about 1 minute.
Replace the paddle attachment with the hook attachment (used for dough) and let the machine knead ( on low) until dough becomes smooth and elastic, for about 3-4 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place (draft free) until doubled, for about 1 hour.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface; divide into 18 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Place balls in a greased 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, for about 30 minutes.
Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Melt remaining butter; brush over rolls. Remove rolls to a cooling rack.
Makes: 1-1/2 dozen
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