TFL Buttermilk Rolls

From here.

The rolls are baked in an 8in springfoam pan and when they rise, they basically smoosh together attractively.

Buttermilk Cluster
Makes 12 to 18 rolls, depending on size

Ingredients:
6 to 6 1/2 cups (750 grams) bread or all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 envelope (2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry or instant yeast, or 1 15 gram cake fresh yeast
1 tablespoon warm water
1 3/4 to 2 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon honey

Glaze:
1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water

Topping:
1-2 tablespoons seeds (poppy, sesame) or grains (cracked wheat, rolled oats)

Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Combine the warm water and yeast in a small cup and allow to proof for 10 minutes.

Pour the yeast, buttermilk, and honey into the flour mixture and mix well. If the dough is so dry that some of the flour won’t stick, add a bit more buttermilk or water. If the dough is too sticky to knead, more like a batter, add more flour by the tablespoon until the correct consistency is achieved.

Knead by machine or hand for approximately 10 minutes. Return the dough to the bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp cloth, and set aside to rise until the dough has doubled in size, approximately 90 minutes.

Divide the dough into 12 to 18 pieces. If you are a stickler you can scale them so that they are even, but I just cut them roughly the same size. Shape each piece into a neat ball and place in a round dish or spring-form pan close together.

When all of the rolls are in the pan, cover again with plastic or a damp towel and set aside to rise again for 45 minutes to an hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425.

Uncover the rolls and brush gently with the egg wash. Sprinkle on the grain topping, if you like. I used cracked wheat.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until the rolls are firm and spring back when tapped.

Unmold the rolls from the pan and serve warm.

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Pillsbury’s Buttermilk Biscuits

These are rolled out biscuits, not drop biscuits.

Recipe makes 6 biscuits, each cut out with a 2 inch round cutter.

From “Pillsbury the Complete Book of Baking”

INGREDIENTS:

1 c flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp (pinch) baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c (half stick) room temperature butter
1/2 c buttermilk (or liquidy yogurt, or milk and yogurt mix)

DIRECTIONS:

Mix dry ingredients.

Add butter. Mix.

Add buttermilk. Mix.

Dough should be of rolling consistency. Make round, fridge for an hour.

Roll out 1/2 inch thick, cut with 2 inch round cutter (or a glass about that size, if you don’t have around cutter).

Bake 450 F for 8-12 min on ungreased cookie sheet (I use nonstick or silpat) until light brown. Enjoy warm.

NOTE: These taste fine and look good, the family liked them a lot, but honestly I find them very meh. They didn’t have the¬†flaky biscuit layers that I like, or that soft as air consistency. For me, meh.

Buttermilk Substitution

1 cup milk + 1 Tbsp lemon juice – Allow mixture to stand for five minutes prior to use.

1 cup milk + 1 Tbsp vinegar (white, apple cider or rice vinegar) – Allow mixture to stand for five minutes prior to use.

1 cup milk + 1/2 Tbsp cream of tartar – Mix well to dissolve the cream of tartar.

1/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup plain yogurt – Whisk together until no lumps remain.

1/4 cup milk + 3/4 cup sour cream – Whisk together until no lumps remain.