Monday, October 09, 2006

Cottage Cheese Dill Rolls

From: The Culinary Institute of America Breakfasts & Brunches

4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1/3 C water, warmed to 110 degrees
4 1/4 C bread flour
1 1/2 C small-curd cottage cheese
1/4 C minced yellow onions
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp butter, softened
3 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
2 tsp prepared horseradish
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 C butter, melted, divided use
3 Tbsp coarse salt for sprinkling

Place the yeast and warm water in the bowl of the mixer and stir to completely dissolve. Let the yeast proof until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the flour, cottage cheese, onions, eggs, 1 tablespoon softened butter, dill, horseradish, sugar, salt, and baking soda to the yeast mixture. Mix the ingredients together on low speed using the dough hook just until the dough begins to come together (it will look rather rough), about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix until the dough is smooth, an additional 5 minutes.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead once or twice, and gather it into a smooth ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
Fold the dough gently over on itself in three or four places. Cover once more and let the dough rise a second time until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or grease lightly.
Fold the dough gently over on itself in three or four places, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and cut it into 16 equal pieces (about 2 ounces each). Cover the pieces and let them rest until relaxed, about 15 minutes. Round each piece into a smooth ball and place in even rows on the prepared baking sheets. Cover and let rise until the dough springs back when lightly touched but does not collapse, 20-30 minutes.
Brush the top of each roll with a little of the melted butter. Bake until golden brown, 20-30 minutes. As soon as the rolls are removed from the oven, brush lightly with remaining melted butter and sprinkle lightly with salt.
Transfer to wire racks and cool completely before serving.

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