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    "The Other Queen" by Phillipa Gregory (Rating: C)

    "The Welsh Girl" by Peter Ho Davies (Rating: A)

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On a Roll

This weekend I made the pull-apart roll recipe from NancyBaggett’s book, “Kneadlessly Simple.” Overall, I was impressed. The rolls came out light and airy, the flavor was delicious, and the work was minimal (other than doing the math to figure out when to begin!).

Pull-Apart Rolls

Pull-Apart Rolls

To start, you combine 3 cups unbleached bread flour, 2.5 T sugar, 1.5 t salt, and 3/4 t instant yeast. (I have never used instant yeast, but according to “Cook’s Illustrated,” the replacement is 25% more active dry yeast. That adaptation worked perfectly for me.)

Add 1 3/4 c ice water and mix until combined. Brush the top with butter, cover with plastic wrap, and let  rise 16-20 hours. (You can refrigerate the dough 3-10 hours prior to rising.)

After the first rise, dust the dough with flour, and turn out onto a well-floured surface. Divide into 3 sections. Shape each section into a 5 x10 rectangle, and roll into a log. Strech until 12 inches long, and cut into 8 equal slices. Form into slight ball, and place in 9×13 baking dish.

Brush tops with butter, cover with foil, and begin second rise. Your options for the second rise are: 1.5 – 2.5 at warm room temperature; 1-2 hour accelerated rise (in a microwave with 1 cup of boiling water); extended rise (refridgerate for 4-48 hours, then set out at room temperature until they double in size).

I went for the extended rise. I started my rolls Saturday morning, to cut down on the amount of cooking that would have to take place on Sunday when we would have a house filled with guests. Anything that I can prepare in advance makes life easier, and gives me more time for socializing!

Preheat oven to 350. Bake on lower rack 20-25 minutes  until the tops brown nicely. Cover with foil and bake for another 3-5 minutes.

The rolls were tasty, and significantly lighter than those I’ve made in the past. I guess the true testament to the success is the missing picture…I didn’t take one as they came out of the oven, and they were all eaten by the time I thought of grabbing my camera. I’d call that a success!!


One Response

  1. Yum! Your home must smell heavenly!

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