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RUSTIC DINNER ROLLS

  Date: April 14, 2010
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These rolls from America’s Test Kitchen were a bit prep intensive, not necessarily difficult, just lots of intermediate steps and rises. Believe me, the end results were worth the efforts. The dough recipe was simple enough, Bread and Whole Wheat Flours, instant yeast, water and honey. The dough was mixed with my hand mixer for 3 minutes until it didn’t stick to the bowl. It was covered with plastic wrap and allowed to rest for 30 minutes. Some table salt was added after the 30 minutes was up and the dough was kneaded with the hand mixer. First for 5 minutes on low speed and on a higher speed for an additional minute. The bowl with the dough gels covered in plastic wrap for an hour. The dough then gets uncovered and folded several times and is allowed to rise for an additional 30 minutes. The dough gets folded again and rises for another 30 minutes. The dough gets turned out onto a floured work surface. It gets divided into 2 equal sized pieces which get formed into 16” long logs. These logs get divided, using a bench scraper, into 8 equal sized pieces per log. These pieces get rolled in flour and are shaped into balls. These balls get placed into two greased 9” diameter non-stick cake pans. The rolls get covered in plastic wrap for 30 minutes while the oven is preheated to 500 degrees. The rolls get uncovered and they are sprayed with water before going into the 500 degree oven. The rolls cook for 10 minutes, until the tops are beginning to brown. The rolls get turned out onto a 1/2 sheet pan and the oven gets reduced to 400 degrees. Wearing some rubber gloves, you separate the rolls and place them right side up on the 1/2 sheet pan. The rolls cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until they develop a golden crust all over. They are cooled for about an hour before serving. These rolls are truly excellent with a crispy crust and a dense, chewy and flavorful interior. These are my favorite style of dinner rolls.
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America's Test Kitchen:

Season 10- Rustic Dinner Rolls

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Gear:
  • Zero Tare Kitchen Scale
  • KA 7-Speed Hand Mixer
  • Dough Hooks
  • W-S 9" Dia Gold Non-Stick Cake Pans