Thursday, September 19, 2013

Flax Seeded Quick Dinner Rolls

It has been almost a month since the last time I posted anything here.

I do have an arsenal of killer true and tested recipes but haven’t found the right time to put it together into a readable post. I even find it hard to just sit in front of the computer to just have fun and browse. I’m still trying to get used to the new rhythm of homeschooling my daughter. Her dad and I have decided that she would benefit more from being homeschooled. Fortunately, Kak Seto Homeschool has an outing every month, all the monthly tests are done at school, there are tutors at school for challenging subjects, so basically she goes to school one time a week. That leaves her plenty of time to pursue whatever she wants to do. She was so brokenhearted when she couldn’t play violin again two years ago because 7am-3pm school time really took all of her energy and happiness.

But all good things come with a price. It takes a lot of energy to teach her at home and I am also wrapped up in my study. Boy, it takes a whoolllle lot of getting used to and if someone is selling patience by the bucket I would buy ten containers every week. I am becoming more nocturnal and my coffee consumption is doubled because apparently teaching her by the day doesn’t go so well with me studying for my exam. So I prefer to study after she sleeps, if I’m not tempted to watch any lame show that doesn’t require my brain to digest any information. But overall, we’re good.

I sadly have to admit that we mostly buy take outs for lunch for the past month and survive dinner with white bread from the nearest 711. Argh! I’m so ashamed to have a bread blog but I do those things to my family. Ironic!

So today, I said to myself, “Enough is enough.”

Poorly made bread with I dunno what’s inside ingredients is harming our body, and our wallet. I may not have the time to make fancy bread. But I sure have the time to make bread that will nourish our body and please my palate. I choose Big Batch Quick Dinner Rolls recipe from my favorite site, King Arthur Flour. But I oomph it with crazy amount of wheat bran for the fiber and golden flaxseed for the Omega-3 benefit. 

Oh, let’s not forget Bonnie who gives the rolls a pleasant sourdough tang.

Let the kneading begin!

Makes 12 rolls
350 gr All purpose flour
25 gr wheat bran
4 tbs Golden Flaxseed
10g sugar
1/2 tbs salt
1 tbs instant yeast
50 gr warm water
225 gr warm milk
1 1/2 tbs butter
3 tbs madre, if using
Butter for slathering

-Heat the milk with the butter until it feels warm enough when you put your finger inside, pour the water in, set aside.
-Mix the flour, bran, yeast, sugar, and salt. 
-Pour the warm milk mixture into the flour, add your madre, if using, stir.

-Put your dough on the table. Toss in the flax. I actually put a handful here without measuring :p But please don't do so with other ingredients.

-Knead until the dough develops medium gluten and doesn't stick to your hands.
-Oil a bowl and proof for 20 minutes is your kitchen is hot. I usually put the bowl near my rice cooker.

-Transfer the dough onto an oiled work space. Form a rough rectangle with a 1cm thickness.
-Cut into 12 pieces, make a roll out of each, cover loosely with oiled plastic wrap, and let the rolls rest for another 15-20 minutes. Don't let them rest too long or you'll overproof.

-Preheat the oven to 175C. bake for 20 minutes.
-Brush the hot rolls right away with melted butter.

I have to give this 5 stars. One of the tastiest bread I've ever made. The fact that it doesn't contain egg and it's done in less than two hours are just.. RADICAL! 

These rolls are so cotton-like. Extremely soft. 

If you can't find golden flax seeds, feel free to substitute it with sesame seeds. The black ones would be cool to give any bread a dramatic effect. My only advice is to not skip the melted butter spread. It truly gives a wonderful flavor to these rolls.

Even though it's already delicious to be eaten just as it is, it would be wonderful to serve these rolls with soup or gravy.. along with a turkey feast..

But since I own no such things in my house today, a dollop of whole grain mustard and a hefty spread of sinfully sweet nutella are enough to make the three of us happy.


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