Hard Rolls (Using a Stand Mixer)
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- Ready In:
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 1⁄4 cups warm water (110F.)
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (or bread flour)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- cornmeal (for dusting)
- 1 egg yolk (beaten with 1 Tbsp water for eggwash)
- 1 tablespoon poppy seed
- In a large bowl (or your KitchenAid), dissolve yeast with 3/4 cup of the water and sugar. Mix in remaining water, flour, and salt. Mix until dough starts to form. If too sticky, add a bit more flour. Knead for 2-3 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Put dough into an oiled bowl, turn to coat, cover with a clean towel, and let rise in a warm place, free from draft, until doubled in size (about 2 hours).
- Preheat oven to 400°F If you have a baking stone, dust lightly with cornmeal and put into preheated oven. If not, use a cookie sheet. Place a shallow baking pan filled with boiling hot water on bottom of your oven for extra crusty rolls.
- ROLLS: Remove dough to a floured surface. Punch down dough and shape into 4 rolls. Place rolls on a peel (large wooden spatula), also lightly dusted with cornmeal, or on a cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise again for 20 minutes. Slit each roll once and brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle lightly with poppy seeds. If on a peel, slide loaves onto stone or tile; otherwise put cookie sheet in oven. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden and baked through.
- NOTE: To check for doneness, thump the bottom; if they sound hollow, they're done.
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The recipe came together easily; but the rolls were denser than traditional NJ hard rolls and they were UUUUUGE! :) Next time, I'll get 6 out of them. (oh yes, I will make them again!). I took the recipe through the first rise, made the rolls, covered and slipped them in the frig overnight where they proofed slowly the second time. I wanted to bake them up in the morning. Didn't require any more time baking either. I'm thinking this might make a nice loaf of sandwich bread as well.
the rolls were big - really big! The crust was almost perfect but the crumb was a little too dense for me - I prefer the crumb to be lighter. However, my solution will be to let the initial rise be longer, cut the dough into 6 pieces and then allow the rolls to rise for a lot longer before baking. Thanks for a good starting recipe!
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