Monday, July 11, 2011
It’s taken me some time to learn to use a food processor for yeast breads. This bread kneads in a mere 45 seconds - leaving you free to work on all the other components of your meal. The rolls turn out tender and buttery, with a firm crust scattered with a layer of toasted sesame seeds. Bake one pan, and stash two pans (unbaked) in your freezer.
If you don’t have a food processor - these still work wonderfully using whatever method you’re comfortable with for bread making. I’ve tried breads & pastry in my food processor before - and learned the hard lesson that comes from giving in to that temptation of “one more pulse”... It’s easy to over-do it when it comes to doughs because you don’t realize how powerful a food processor is.
Once I figured that out, it’s become my friend. It’s perfect for small batches of bread and rolls. I had these rising in just minutes.
I didn’t expect this texture. They were so light and buttery - it was amazing. When you hear the term “melts in your mouth” - I would have to say it applies here.
Since I have a totally empty nest now (except for when everyone comes home to enjoy each other) - I really miss making a traditional Sunday dinner - which always includes hot rolls. You can divide the dough into any portions you choose for easy freezing. I used three 8” round cake pans - making about 10-11 rolls each. Just right for having a few left over for mid-week meals.
The baked rolls keep well for about 5-6 days, and seem to become more moist as they age. Most of my family isn’t fond of sesame seeds on anything - but I love them. They add a subtle, nutty crunch - as well as a new dimension of flavor. The egg wash adds a nice golden brown color, keeps the sesame seeds where they belong, and adds an extra layer of protection during freezing.
I plan to purchase some “Cafe Rio”-type round foil tins (with foil lids) so I can keep a few of these on hand in the freezer.
You never know who might drop in, or appreciate a warm basket of rolls...
For the recipe (with instructions for both bread mixers and food processors) go to: