Use your bread machine to make these yeasty Really Crusty Rolls with soft and chewy interiors. The secret is in the cornstarch glaze. You can still make these even if you don’t have a bread machine. Read the notes at the bottom of the recipe for details.
Who can resist a freshly-baked yeast roll with a thin, crisp, crackly, crumbly crust surrounding soft and chewy bread? Not me, for sure. Show me some marshmallow-soft salted butter, and I’m good for dinner.
But, be warned. Really Crusty Rolls can be messy. Crumbs may scatter everywhere as you slice or tear these rolls, but I have a solution. See the picture below for a special slotted cutting board designed to catch the crumbs. It also makes a convenient cooling rack and/or serving tray.
The secret is in the glaze–a cornstarch and water mixture, microwaved until thick and then cooled. For me, it’s easier than throwing water in my oven and/or using oven tiles or other special equipment in an effort to produce crusty bread.
I prefer to eat these rolls hot. Whatever isn’t eaten the first go-round gets a quick trip back into the oven just before dinner to re-crisp. Bake about 5 minutes in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven. Turn off the oven, and leave the rolls inside for another 5 minutes. Works great in a toaster oven, too, if you are only doing one or two.
Part Two: How to make bread bowls with this recipe.
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 -1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1-1/2 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1-1/2 cup bread flour
- 1 teaspoon bread machine or instant yeast
- 1/4 cup water + 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch mixed in 2 cup pyrex container and heated in microwave for 20 seconds on HIGH or until thick.
- Heat 1 cup tap water in the microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Pour into bread machine pan with the blade in place.
- Add olive oil, salt, sugar, flour, and yeast to the pan. Select the dough cycle. After 5 minutes, check the dough. It should stick to the side and pull away. Add flour ,1 tablespoon at a time if the dough is too sticky, or add water 1 tablespoon at a time if dough is too dry (dough slaps against the side)
- When dough cycle has finished and bread has risen to double the original size, remove the dough onto a floured surface.
- For dinner rolls divide dough in half (2 pieces), then cut each half in half (4 pieces) and finally, divide each of those pieces in half again resulting in 8 rolls. Form into balls.
- Cover a cookie baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Lightly scatter cornmeal over the sheet before placing the round dough balls onto the cookie sheet--evenly spaced from each other.
- Cover dough balls with a tea towel and set in a warm place for about 45 minutes or until risen almost double.
- Brush rolls with cooled cornstarch glaze. Use a serrated knife to make a small gash in the top, if desired, but it's not required.
- Bake in 375 degree pre-heated oven for 35 minutes until crust is crisp and brown.
- To my fellow yogurt-makers: For a faux sourdough flavor, try substituting whey drained off yogurt to produce Greek yogurt for the water in this recipe.
Directions for making bread with a stand mixer or by hand:
- To make this recipe in a heavy-duty stand mixer, add ingredients to the bowl in the same order. Turn on low to mix until all ingredients are moistened. Using dough hook, turn speed to 2 or 3 and continue beating/kneading until dough becomes smooth and elastic, about 5-10 minutes. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place. Deflate dough gently and shape rolls as indicated in recipe.
- If making by hand, combine all ingredients into a shaggy ball in a large bowl. Turn dough out on a floured surface and knead with your hands until dough becomes smooth and elastic, a process that will likely take 10-20 minutes depending on your experience. Place dough ball into a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double. Deflate dough gently and shape rolls as indicated in recipe
- Please note: If you substitute regular yeast for instant or bread machine yeast, you must dissolve it first before adding to the dry ingredients. Stir it into about 1/4 cup of the lukewarm liquid called for in the recipe. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Add to other wet ingredients and then add dry ingredients. Proceed as directed to knead and shape rolls.
- Zojirushi BB-PDC20BA Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus Breadmaker, 2 lb. loaf of Bread, Stainless Steel/Black
- King Arthur Flour Unbleached Bread Flour, 5 Pound (Packaging May Vary)
- Fleischmann's Yeast for Bread Machines, 4-ounce Jars (Pack of 1)
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Serving Size:1 roll
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 170 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 399mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 5g