08 February 2011

White sandwich buns

The last few months I've been rather enamoured of the no-knead bread of Jim Lahey. It's almost the only bread I bother with. While it requires a bit of fore-planning, it's delicious.  And low effort. But there are other ways to make bread. Today, I bring you my new favourite sandwich bun, altered from Crust and Crumb.

To start, we make the biga. A biga is basically just a pre-fermented bit of dough that gives a boost to the growth of yeast in the bread, and provides slightly different flavours than a younger fermentation. So, for the biga:
2 16 cup (10 oz) bread flour
¾ cup water
1 tsp yeast
Mix the flour, water and yeast.

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Let sit, covered, for three to four hours.

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Now, retard the biga in the fridge for zero to twelve hours. Basically, by chilling the yeast, you're making it do different things metabolically, which will in turn make the yeast piss different combinations of lactic acid and ethanol into the dough. It results in a richer-flavoured bread. So you don't *have* to retard the dough, but it'll be better if you do.

After retarding the biga, mix it with:
3 ½ cup (16 oz) bread flour
2 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
1 ¼ tsp yeast
¾ cup milk at room temperature
½ cup softened unsalted butter
Knead for tenish minutes, until the dough softens. I couldn't do this one in my mixer, it really wanted to climb out and get gear grease all over it. So knead by hand it is.

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Cover, and let rise 1-2 hours.

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Knead again, let rise again, 1-2 hours.

Split into rolls, and pinch and roll balls of dough, about half the size of your fist. Think small, they're gonna rise a bunch, and expand even more in the oven. Place rolls on a greased cookie sheet, this batch made me 14 rolls.

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Cover the rolls, and let rise 1-2 hours.

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After final rise, pre-heat oven at 350°F for about half an hour. Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes, until they make a nice brown crust, and rebound to a light touch.

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Let cool. But not too long. These soft and delicious guys belong in something tasty like a pulled pork sandwich. Yum.


Mike said...

Those rolls look good! We use a similar bread-making technique and I've really been enjoying it.

dguttgrl79 said...

Ohh la la! these rolls look gorgeous! I bet they taste as good as they look, if not better.
In my former life as a kolache shop owner, I used the kolache dough to make sandwich buns, and the result was wonderful: rich, egg-y, and buttery soft bread buns that were just perfect for sandwiches... yum! now i'm hungry!

Bbq Dude said...

Mike, thanks.

dguttgrl, Kolache-dough buns? That sounds tasty...

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