Sunday, August 2, 2015

Garlic and Pecorino Dinner Rolls

I love carbs in any form- rice, noodles, bread, potatoes- really anything. Bread is one of my favorite snacks. I use it to hold me over when I'm needing a snack, and even sometimes as a meal, albeit pretty unhealthy.

This recipe is one of my favorites. It's a soft bread with a nice crust. It's perfect for any occasion, and it holds well. The flavor is very mild and neutral, and it can really be used for pretty much anything. Plus, it's easy to make, and you don't need a bread machine!

Garlic and Pecorino Dinner Rolls (Makes 3-4 dozen rolls)
1 cup Water
1 tbsp Yeast
1 2/3 cup Buttermilk
1/3 cup Honey
2.5 pounds Flour
1 tbsp Salt
1 stick Butter

1 tbsp Minced Garlic
4 tbsp Butter
Chopped Parsley
Shaved Pecorino Cheese

1. Combine yeast with warm water to allow it to dissolve.
2. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl
3. In a separate bowl, place buttermilk and honey and mix together.
4. Add the yeast to the liquid ingredients.
5. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and begin to knead.
6. Add softened butter in and knead the dough for 10 minutes.
7. If you have a standing mixer, instead of kneading by hand for 10 minutes, use the lowest setting with a dough hook to knead for about 7 minutes.
8. The dough should be a very smooth mass.
9. Place into a greased bowl (use baking spray) and cover with plastic. Allow to rest for 2 hours.
10. Once the dough has risen about 3 times the size, remove from the bowl onto a clean surface.
11. Cut the dough using a bench scraper or dough divider. Scale out into 1.5 ounce balls.
12. Roll the balls in a circular motion with your hand cupped to make a smooth surface. The motion should pull the dough towards the bottom, smoothing out the top.
13. Place the dough spaced out on a greased baking sheet or casserole dish. Cover very loosely with film, and allow to rest another hour.
14. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. When dough has risen at least twice its size, unwrap the film and bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.
15. Make garlic butter with melted butter, garlic, and parsley.
16. When the bread is done baking, allow to cool briefly. Then, brush butter liberally over the top.
17. Shave pecorino over the top and serve immediately.

If you are not serving this bread fresh, be sure to place it into the refrigerator. You can reheat the bread in the oven or very briefly in the microwave (20 seconds) prior to serving.  you are saving it for later, brush with butter when you serve it. This bread is perfect for any
occasion and can be made in advance. Just remember to share it!

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