Bitter cold days produce in me this need to bake bountiful quantities of bread and hot meals. What a blessing to be able to do this. I am so grateful to God for providing food for my family and for those in my neighborhood who are in need.
One of my guys recent favorites are these hard rolls. I didn’t have a single one left the night I served them.
(recipe from: The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking)
4 1/2- 5 1/2 c all purpose flour
2 T sugar
1 t salt
1 T active dry yeast
4 T butter, softened
1 1/2 c warm water
1 egg white
For the Glaze:
1/2 c water
1 t cornstarch
Combine 1 1/2 c of the flour, the sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl. Cut in butter. Gradually add water to the flour mixture and beat for 5 minutes. Add the egg white. Beat for another 5 minutes, adding flour until dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl. (I did this portion by hand since I do not have a mixer that does well with bread dough.) Turn out on a lightly floured surface. Knead 8-10 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic, adding flour as necessary to prevent stickiness.
Lightly oil a large bowl. Place dough in the bowl and turn to coat on all sides. Cover and let rise in a warm place, until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease sheets and sprinkle with cornmeal.
Punch down dough. Turn out again, cover with a towel, let rest 10 minutes. Divide in half and shape into two 9 inch rolls. Cut each roll into nine 1-inch pieces and form each into a small ball. Place on the baking sheet and 3 inches apart. Cover with towel and let rise until doubled- another 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450.
To make glaze, mix water and cornstarch in a pan. Bring to a boil. Cool slightly before brushing on rolls. Slit tops in a crisscross fashion. (I cut the tops before I let the rolls rise. I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to cut the rolls once they had risen.) Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
Bake for about 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
yield 18 rolls
So as you can tell from this post our days have been pretty quiet. I have enjoyed them. I needed some quiet! It has been good to just be home, I love the coziness of it all. To be able to focus on school and the needs of my family is just what I have been needing. And for a girl who loves the snow, but can’t do the bitter cold it’s been a wonderful week of watching the snowflakes from the warm side of my window!