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Author Notes: Naturally leavened dinner rolls that are yummy and make for a great centerpiece. You can buy a ring proofing basket for these but I just sit a glass upside down on some parchment paper and then place all of the in my wok (see photos) and it works great.
The recipe assumes general knowledge of sourdough baking. Terms like folding and steam baking will not be explained (but can easily be looked up on the internet.) —Vera Kern
Makes 9 rolls
- 100 grams ripe starter/leaven
- 5 grams All purpose flour
- 25 grams water
- 300 grams All purpose flour
- 65 grams Kamut-, Emmer- or whole wheat flour
- 65 grams Durum wheat flour
- 240 grams water
- 11 grams salt
- 5 grams (olive) oil
- 5 grams honey
- 0.5 grams barley malt (optional)
- oil for greasing a bowl
- seeds for decoration, e.g. sesame, poppy, sunflower, pumpkin
- For the scald soaker mix 5g flour and 25g water in a small pot and warm it up, constantly stirring until all the water is absorbed and a homogenous paste forms. Set aside and let cool.
- For the autolyse, mix 230g of water with all the leaven, 150g of all purpose flour, 65g of Kamut/Emmer/whole wheat flour and 65g of durum wheat flour. Let rest for 30 minutes.
- Add all the other ingredients (150g of all purpose flour, 11g of salt, 5g honey, 5g oil, 10g water if needed, malt if using) and knead until the dough comes together and forms a ball, around 10 minutes. You can do this by hand or with the dough hook of a stand mixer.
- Let the dough rest for 2 hours at room temperature, fold every 30 minutes.
- Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and continue to rest in the fridge for at least 15 hours.
- Take dough out of the fridge and let come to room temperature, around 2 hours.
- Weigh dough, divide total weight by 9 and divide dough in 9 pieces of that weight, should be around 90g per piece. Let rest for 10 min.
- While the dough rests, prepare your seeds on small plates so you can dunk the rolls into them easily and setup your proofing vessel (see note above and photos.)
- Round each piece of dough into a roll, maybe wet the surface with a little water if needed and roll the top of the roll in the seeds. Place the rolls in your proofing basket, cover and let rise at a warm spot for 90minutes. (I like to put them into the oven with the lights on before I start preheating. Just make sure to take them out before you turn on the oven.)
- 30 minutes before the proofing time is up, start preheating your to 480F/240C oven with a dutch oven inside or prepare your oven for your preferred method of steam baking.
- Bake the rolls for 10 minutes with steam, then for 20 minutes without steam, reducing the temperature to 430F/220C.