BY: LITTLE SCOTTIE
JUN 19, 2020 • 2 MIN READ
|100g||sourdough starter||1:1 flour to water|
I love these sourdough rolls. They are easy to make and go with just about any meal. They are delicious in the morning with butter and jam, and wok great as dinner rolls. They have a slightly crunchy crust and soft, airy crumb.
These rolls are easy to make, yet take time like all sourdough breads. Bring the water and flour together into a shaggy mass and let rest for at least 30 minutes. Bakers call this an 'autolyse'. This begins the hydration of the flour along with a number of other benefits.
After the autolyse period, mix in all other ingredients and knead until the dough is smooth. Then every 30-60 minutes fold the dough.
After the dough has been folded 3 or 4 times, and you feel the gluten has been developed, let the dough sit covered to ferment. This is called the bulk fermentation step and depending on the room temperature will take betweek 3-5 hours. My kitchen was cool today, so I ended up putting the bowl into the oven with the light on to speed things along. Ideally the temperature will be about 27 c (80 f) with high humidity. If you let your dough rise in the oven, just turn on the light and keep it humid. Don't turn on the oven as it will get too hot and kill the yeast.
After the dough has doubled in size, it is ready to be shaped. Remove the dough from the bowl, degas it, pre-shape it and let it rest on the counter for about 15 minutes. Then divide the dough and shape it. I used a scale and made 100g balls. Then using my bench knife I pressed a cross pattern into each dough ball. Then place the dough on a baking sheet and let rise for about an hour or until they are plump, or approximately doubled in size.
After the dough has risen, it is time to bake them. You need to add steam to your oven. I have a steam oven so I can use the steam + heat setting. If you have a conventional oven, just add some water to the bottom of your oven in a basting tray. Bake for about 15 minutes on 185 c.
The more time you have working with sourdough and bread dough, the better you understand how to work with it. If at first you fail, keep trying. You will be rewarded with wonderful bread like these rolls.
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