Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tuber Based Dinner Rolls

I was looking back at all the posts I've done in November and discovered that I never did share the recipe with you for the dinner rolls I made that were based on tubers I bought from the local farm stand. They looked like garnet yams, but turned out to be white starchy tubers, more like a very starchy Idaho potato than a yam. The flesh went from very white to a sort of dirty tan color as soon as they were peeled, so I wasn't sure how the rolls would look, but I guess there was enough flour to lighten them up.

These dinner rolls were based on a recipe from Tanna of My Kitchen in Half Cups that she gave as a challenge years and years ago when the Daring Bakers were just starting. It happens to also be the first post I wrote telling a tale in the Land of St. Honore'. At that point I think there were around 100 Daring Bakers and it seemed that many visited most of the posts that the other members put up. Part of the reason that I ventured into fiction was to make my post just a bit different from the others, in hopes that it would provide a nice break to those who were visiting lots and lots of sites. I guess I had gotten bored with my own posts and wanted to lighten up my offering. You may want to read the story if you have time.

The dinner rolls were made from a nice potato bread dough...nice, but sticky! I rolled it out thinly enough that I could slather it with butter and sprinkle lots of freshly chopped Italian parsley on top of the butter, then roll it up jelly-roll fashion and cut the rolls as you do for cinnamon rolls...with a length of dental floss, crossed. Then I put about 8 or 9 rolls in each greased cake pan and let them rise. I baked them in a 350 degree F oven until light golden brown. They were a big hit at a luncheon the next day. Still in the pan I refrigerated them overnight, then baked them another 10 minutes before lunch to finish baking and to warm them and crisp up the crust. If you serve them the same day as the original baking, bake longer until deep golden brown, then turn out of the pans and serve hot.

Tender Potato Bread

(based on a recipe in Home Baking: The Artful Mix of Flour & Tradition Around the World by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
Daring Bakers Challenge #13: November 2007

Makes 24 soft dinner rolls

Some additional notes about this recipe and the dough:
Potatoes and potato water give this bread wonderful flavor and texture. The dough is very soft and moist and might feel a little scary if you’ve never handled soft dough before. But don’t worry: Leaving it on parchment or wax paper to proof and to bake makes it easy to handle.
Once baked, the crumb is tender and airy, with tiny soft pieces of potato in it. The dinner rolls are soft and inviting.

Some Notes about Flour:
King Arthur Artisan Organic All-Purpose Flour is fairly new in the markets in the US now and is advertised to be best for making European-style hearth breads with a protein level of 11.3%

Conversion Chart for yeast:
1 oz/ 1 Tablespoon of fresh yeast = 0.4 oz/ 1.25 teaspoon active or instant dry yeast = 0.33 oz / 1 teaspoon instant or rapid rise (bread machine) yeast. Reference: Crust & Crumb by Peter Reinhart

4 medium to large floury (baking) potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks. (Elle's Note: I used those red-skinned tubers that looked like yams on the outside and by shape. They worked just fine.)
Tanna Note: For the beginner bread baker I suggest no more than 8 ounces of potato; for the more advanced no more than 16 ounces. The variety of potatoes you might want to use would include Idaho, Russet & Yukon gold, there are others.
4 cups(950 ml) water, reserve cooking water
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
6 ½ cups to 8 ½ cups (1 kg to 1350g) unbleached all-purpose
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (130g) white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) salted butter, softened
2-3 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley

Making the Dough (Directions will be for making by hand):
Put the potatoes and 4 cups water in a sauce pan and bring to boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt and cook, half covered, until the potatoes are very tender.

Drain the potatoes, SAVE THE POTATO WATER, and mash the potatoes well.

Measure out 3 cups(750ml) of the reserved potato water. Add extra water if needed to make 3 cups. Place the water and mashed potatoes in the bowl you plan to mix the bread dough in. Let cool to lukewarm (70-80°F/21 - 29°C) – stir well before testing the temperature – it should feel barely warm to your hand. You should be able to submerge you hand in the mix and not be uncomfortable.

Add yeast to 2 cups all-purpose flour and whisk. Add yeast and flour to the cooled mashed potatoes & water and mix well. Allow to rest/sit 5 minutes.

Note about Adding Yeast: If using Active Dry Yeast or Fresh yeast, mix & stir yeast into cooled water and mashed potatoes & water and let stand 5 minutes. Then add 2 cups of flour to the yeast mix and allow to rest several minutes. If using Instant Dry Yeast, add yeast to 2 cups all-purpose flour and whisk. Add yeast and flour to the cooled mashed potatoes & water and mix well. Allow to rest/sit 5 minutes.

Sprinkle in the remaining 1 tablespoon salt and the softened butter; mix well. Add the 1 cup whole wheat flour, stir briefly.

Add 2 cups of the unbleached all-purpose flour and stir until all the flour has been incorporated.

Note: At this point you have used 4 cups of the possible 8 ½ cups suggested by the recipe.
Turn the dough out onto a generously floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, incorporating flour as needed to prevent sticking. The dough will be very sticky to begin with, but as it takes up more flour from the kneading surface, it will become easier to handle; use a dough scraper to keep your surface clean. The kneaded dough will still be very soft. Place the dough in a large clean bowl or your rising container of choice, cover with plastic wrap or lid, and let rise about 2 hours or until doubled in volume.

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead gently several minutes. It will be moist and a little sticky.

Forming the Rolls:
Divide the dough into 2 pieces. Place one piece to one side and cover loosely.

Butter a 13 x 9 inch sheet cake pan or two shallow cake pans. Cut the dough into 8-9 equal pieces. Roll one piece out on a lightly floured work surface to a rectangle about 16 x 10 inches. Spread 2 tablespoons salted butter over the rolled out dough, leaving a 1/2 inch unbuttered edge on one long side. Sprinkle with half the parsley.  Roll up jelly-roll fashion and use a crossed length of dental floss or a sharp knife to cut the log into 8-9 pieces.  Place each piece, cut side up, into a buttered cake pan or into the larger pan, leaving 1/2 inch between the pieces. Repeat with second piece of dough. filling the second cake pan or filling up the larger pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 35 minutes, until puffy and almost doubled.

Baking the rolls

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place a baking stone or tiles (if you have them) or a large baking sheet on the middle oven rack to preheat along with the oven.

Dust risen rolls with a little all-purpose flour or lightly brush the tops with a little melted butter or olive oil (the butter will give a golden/browned crust). Immediately place baking pan(s) with rolls on the stone, tiles or baking sheet in the oven. Place the rolls next to the loaf in the oven.

Bake rolls until golden, about 30 minutes.

Transfer the rolls to a rack when done to cool.  Note about cooling times: Rolls can be served warm or at room temperature.

1 comment :

  1. We really hardly eat potatoes anymore and rarely at home, but we ended up with a couple of white sweet potatoes after Thanksgiving and have really enjoyed the treat of slicing them up and roasting them with spices and butter. I can imagine them lending themselves well to this, as they are the nice, dry kind that mash nicely.