Friday, October 26, 2012

Pumpernickle Kaiser Rolls


Baking bread is one of my favorite tasks of the week.  With rainy days, suggesting pots of soup, and of course Thanksgiving around the corner, new recipes are spinning in my head.  Inspired by a new product I came across, of course, King Arthur Flour, Pumpernickel Artisan Bread Flavor makes it so easy to bake one of my favorite breads without the extra fuss it usually takes.

I still remember that early Thanksgiving morning, in 1957, when my mother said to me, "how about you making the rolls this year."  How excited I was to have this task; I had meticulously watched her do so many times before and felt the confidence she had in me to accomplish it.  I've had a love affair with yeast breads ever since.  Her roll recipe, that she made up, was most always formed into her favorite shape, "toad in a hole," but I also like to do Parker House or cloverleaf as my signature.

Today, I decided to turn my dough into Kaiser rolls--a favorite of my hubby's.  He's told the story, over and over again, about buying a dozen Kaiser rolls to eat in the car on the way home from his grandparent's home in the Bronx...all by himself! 

Kaiser rolls were invented in Vienna, Austria and thought to be named in honor of Emperor Franz Joseph.  The rolls have a distinctive 5-segment pattern separated by curved superficial cuts from the center.  Years ago, I came across a Kaiser roll press, but I will show you how you can accomplish the characteristic without it.

Pumpernickle Kaiser Rolls
6 cups King Arthur bread flour
1/3 cup Pumpernickle Artisan Bread Flavor
2 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. onion salt
2 T granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 pkgs (2T) active dry yeast
1/2 cup very warm water
1 5/8 - 1 3/4 cups additional water
1/2 tsp. honey

Quick Shine (or a beaten egg white with 1 tsp. water added)
Favorite Topping (I used an Artisan Bread Topping that included Flax, toasted sesame, black caraway, midget sunflowers, poppy, and anise seeds)

Start by "proofing" the yeast in the 1/2 cup of very warm water and add the honey.  Whisk to combine.  Allow to set about 5-7 minutes until foamy.
In a stand mixer, using the dough hook, add the flour, pumpernickle flavor, salt, onion salt, sugar, and oil and mix to combine.  While the mixer is running on speed #2, add the proofed yeast and additional water, about 1/2 cup at a time until the dough starts pulling away from the side.  Knead, using the dough hook an addition 2-3 minutes.
 Transfer the dough to a lightly floured board and knead again--the dough should be smooth and soft--like a "baby's butt" as my mother would say.

Place in a large bowl, sprayed with cooking spray (or plastic dough container) to allow dough to raise.
About 45 minutes later (give or take) the dough should be doubled.  Turn out onto the board and divide into 12 sections.

The trick in making your own "Kaiser-looking" rolls without the press is to roll the dough into a rope.
Bring the two ends together, overlapping, and twist each section about the dough.  Join the ends together and press to seal.

Alternatively, with the press, the dough would look like this:
Place rolls on a baking sheet, spray with baking oil and cover loosely with plastic wrap.

 Preheat oven to 400F-degrees.  Allow the rolls to rest while the oven is preheating.  When the oven is ready, remove the plastic wrap, spray with the Quick Shine or brush with beaten egg white.  Add seed topping, if using and bake for 18 minutes.

 The heartiness of the pumpernickle fits our weather, although it's nothing like my family (and friends) will be experiencing on the east coast with the Frankinstorm!  Stay safe--Enjoy!



15 comments:

  1. Hot pumpernickel rolls with butter...Ya got me! :) Gosh, Susan, you make this look so easy and so delicious. Only wished I was closer with a pot of hearty bean soup to share. much lv, me

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    1. I'm waiting for the pot of hearty bean soup...love, me

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  2. Homemade bread is my favorite thing in the world! Now that I don't eat any sugar...bread is sweeter and tastes even better! These are such pretty rolls, too! I can just imagine how good they smell! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. You have dedication with eliminating sugar, but I agree, there's nothing like homemade bread and that would be a hard thing to give up...at least for me! Stay dry and safe, XOXO

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  3. Homemade bread is my favorite thing to make! I am currently on a sourdough kick--so yummy. Love that your mother allowed you to make such an important part of Thanksgiving dinner! What a confidence builder that must have been to you as a child. We're watching what Sandy does closely, and appreciate your thoughts. xoxo ♥
    Martha Ellen

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    1. It was a big confidence builder and that's why I love baking with my grands. You've reminded me that I need to take my sour dough starter out of the freezer and get it started again. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you on the eastern seaboard with this storm coming. XOXO

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  4. I love homemade bread! The rolls look absolutely beautiful and I'm sure they taste just as good. Have a fantastic weekend!

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    1. Lots to do this weekend because I'll be flying to Ohio to stay with my grandson for the week (his dad will be out of town). I've promised to bake with him; build a haunted castle, and play super heroes until I collapse, LOL!
      Have a great weekend too, XOXO

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  5. Oh Susan, those look divine! But HOW can you make and eat luscious breads without gaining weight? That would be my total downfall. I LOVE bread and all bread products. Woe is me. Love them but hate weight gain. Take care and have a nice weekend! Susan

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    1. Lots of exercise!! Seriously, I walk, Zumba, and do weights, but also, there's lots of raking leaves outside to do:-D!

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  6. Nom nom nom! They look so tasty, and I bet the house smelled great while they baked!

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    1. You're welcome anytime to share in the aroma!! I wish I was near by to come sketch with you...how relaxing and I would have packed lunch for everyone:-D

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  7. Prayers for you and yours my darling, stay safe
    Always thinking of you
    Xx

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    1. You're always in my prayers too, Denise. XOXO

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  8. (Thankyou for commenting on my blog :D)
    These rolls look great! I've tried making kaiser-rolls, the usual white ones. But I didn't have such a (really cool!!) press. I used a kitchen-baking-ring, pressing it halfway in the buns before baking. I couldn't quite get the pattern exactly right, but I came quite close :).
    But I'm definitely going to try your recipe, I like dark bread! :D

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