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I don’t think I need to wax poetic about the benefits of fresh homemade sandwich rolls, so I won’t. I’ll just say that a fresh roll can turn a good sandwich into a great sandwich, which you already know.
I made these rolls for pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches, and they were totally awesome. I found the recipe at King Arthur Flour. I did not change any of the ingredients, however, I did not follow KAF’s instructions for mixing the dough. KAF basically says to mix all the ingredients together until you have a soft smooth dough. I am not a very experienced bread maker, so I thought these directions were a bit too vague. Nick helped me make this and he broke the mixing process down somewhat. The recipe and our detailed mixing process after the jump.
Beautiful Burger Buns (or Sandwich Rolls)
Recipe by King Arthur Flour
Process adapted by imafoodblog.com
In between spongy & soupy:
The dough is ready when you can pull it like this without breaking. This means that the gluten has properly formed.
Let it rise in a well oiled bowl.
Until it has doubled in size. This dough rose nicely.
8 little balls, so cute.
Here are 2 dough balls that were previously frozen. I defrosted them in the fridge overnight. When I was ready, with lightly floured hands I patted them down and let them rise.
They got nice and puffy in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
I brushed those bad boys with an egg wash and sprinkled some sesame seeds.
Just out of the oven. We baked them directly on a pizza stone and then threw the broiler on for the last 2-3 minutes to get a better browning on the top.
Beautiful fresh rolls, ready for whatever deliciousness you can create:
I have actually made these rolls twice now. The first rolls were shinier and had a harder exterior, the second batch were puffier, softer and more wrinkly. I think either they under proofed the first time or over proofed the second time. Either way, they were delicious.
This is the first time. (Don’t these look a little like boobies?)
This is the second time, which I think look more like conventional burger rolls.
I am sending these over to Susan at Wild Yeast for this week’s Yeastspotting. Check out yeastspotting every Friday for an awesome roundup of various yeasted treats.