Thursday, September 16, 2021

Filled Wool Roll Bread #BBB

 

If you haven't tried a tangzhong method bread, this is a great recipe to try it out and a fun shape as well!  Our host has chosen a uniquely shaped loaf for us this month. This wool bread has been making the rounds as an impressive looking loaf meant to look similar to a roll of wool.  It is usually made with a milk bread or soft and fluffy tangzhong bread.  I chose a relatively simple recipe for mine and it did indeed turn out a supremely soft and fluffy loaf!

The dough was a milk bread tangzhong recipe from allrecipes.  I reduced the sugar by a tbsp and if using a sweet filling, it could probably be omitted altogether though the 2 tbsp did yield a very nice and lightly sweet crumb.  I decided on an almond filling because I love almond pastries.  I whipped up a quick batch of homemade almond paste and ended up with a bit more filling than I needed.  Too much almond filling may ooze a bit, but is so tasty!  I used more almond paste than called for and would stick to the recipe next time, though hubby thoroughly approved of the final results for the bread and filling.  So soft and fluffy!  I think this is the fluffiest milk bread I have ever made, and am definitely keeping the recipe.  It turned out a very soft and pleasant dough.


This bread is versatile since you can make it sweet or savory, filled or plain.  It's just a wonderfully soft and tasty loaf, any way you make it.  We would love for you to try this fun shaping method with us this month!  New recipes are posted every month on the 16th. Check out our Facebook group to see the participants' baking results during that time.
 
Wool Roll Bread
makes 1 large loaf
 
For the Tangzhong:

    ½ cup water
    ¼ cup all-purpose flour

For the Dough:

    ½ cup whole milk, warmed (I used 2%)
    2 tsp active dry yeast (I used scant 2 tsp instant yeast)
    2 tbsp white sugar
    ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
    1 large egg, beaten
    2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
    (I also added a spoonful of unfed sourdough starter)
    desired filling, or leave the bread plain
    2 tbsp whole milk (I used 2%)
 
(I used an almond filling):
½ cup (125 g) almond paste (or make your own: In a food processor finely grind 8 oz (225 g) blanched almonds. Process in 8 oz (225 g) powdered sugar. Then knead in 1 egg white. Store in the refrigerator.
¼ cup (60 g) packed brown sugar (I used 30 g light brown and 30 g dark brown sugar)
¼ cup (55 g) softened butter 
 
 
To make the tangzhong, (water roux), whisk together the water and flour in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a gummy paste is formed. The mixture should reach at least 150ºF (65ºC). Remove from heat and let cool completely.

While the roux cools, pour ½ cup warm milk and yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer and let bloom for 10 minutes.

Add the cooled roux, sugar, salt, beaten egg, flour, and butter to the yeast mixture. Using a stand mixer with a dough hook, knead on low speed until a smooth, elastic, slightly sticky dough forms, about 10 minutes.

Cover dough and let rise until doubled in size, 60 to 90 minutes.
 
For the almond filling I used, mix together the almond paste, brown sugar, and softened butter until smooth.  Cover and set aside until needed.

Transfer the dough to a work surface and press into a round disk. Divide dough into 5 equal portions. Form each piece into a ball, cover and let rest for 15 minutes.

Butter a 10-inch springform pan, or 10-inch round cake pan.  Set aside.

Take one ball of dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface into an oblong shape, about 4-5 inches wide by 9 inches long. Using a sharp knife or a bench scraper, make lots of lengthwise cuts, about 1/8 inch apart, starting 1/3 of the way from one of the ends, slicing all the way through the dough to the opposite end, forming many equal-sized strands of dough. (Sharp knife worked much better for me.)  When done, two-thirds of the dough will be sliced, and one-third will not be.  (I would do half sliced and half whole, to allow for better spread of filling in my case.  There is still plenty of string coverage when rolling up.)
 
Perhaps a bit over generous with the filling...
 
Roll the unsliced part of the dough to flatten to 1/8-inch thickness. Place desired filling in the center of the unsliced dough, and roll it up, keeping the sides tucked and even, until the filling is covered and you've reached the beginning of the cuts.  Then carefully roll up to form a "wool roll," being sure to not crush the sliced edges of the dough strands.  Finish with the seam on the bottom. Transfer to the prepared pan, and place on the bottom, just barely touching the edge of the pan. Repeat four more times, placing the rolls around the inside of the pan to form a ring.
 

Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise until doubled in size, 45 to 60 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF (175ºC).

Brush the bread's surface lightly with remaining milk.

Bake in the center of the preheated oven until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
 

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Jujube Mantou #BreadBakers


Our Breadbakers theme for this month is Chinese Breads and our host is A Day in the Life on the Farm. I was sorely tempted by all the scallion breads, but intrigued by the beautiful shaping of the flower buns that is an option when making mantou. I was also curious about the Chinese dates/ red dates/ jujube. They are quite different from Medjool dates, not sticky, not nearly as sweet, and rather spongy with a tenacious pit. They reminded me very much of dried apples with a bit of caramel flavor. The ones I found were enormous compared to what I saw in all the pictures online!
 


Traditionally, these steamed buns are made with bao flour, which is bleached and yields a nice creamy white bun. I have made bao before with all purpose flour and they turned out fairly creamy white. I was surprised that this batch turned so caramel colored after steaming and I wonder whether it was the jujube fruit, or the fact that I added a bit of corn starch to my flour to approximate a low/medium gluten bao flour.
 

These mantou are a sweet version, but mantou can be savory as well and filled with many different things or eaten plain.  (I definitely want to try filling them with a scallion omlette!)  The jujube was an interesting flavor that grew on us, especially with the soft and fluffy steam bun presentation.  Like most steamed buns, mantou are best served warm, but may be refrigerated or frozen and then reheated in the microwave or steamer basket.  I took this particular version of mantou from a youtube video by Kimiya Lim.


Jujube Mantou
makes 6 medium steam buns

Yeast mixture:
90ml warm water
5g (1 tsp) fine sugar
3g (1 tsp) instant yeast

Dough:
190g (1¼ cups) Bao flour (can be replaced with all purpose flour)
½ tsp baking powder
30g (1/8 cup) Caster sugar
15g (1 tbsp) melted butter (or oil)
35g (5~6 pcs) Jujube / Red dates - finely chopped (mine were HUGE and I used 3 - 2 would have been better)

oil to brush the dough 
 
Activate yeast by stirring into the water, with the 5g sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and sugar. Pour into the yeast mixture and stir together to form a shaggy mixture. Pour the melted butter over the top and add the chopped red dates. Combine well. Turn the rough dough out onto a work surface and knead for 5-6 minutes until the dough is soft and smooth.  Place in a clean bowl, cover and let rest for 40-60 minutes or until doubled in size.

Turn out the dough and knead for 1 minute. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Form each piece into a round, then slightly oval ball. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.


 To shape the buns into a decorative flower, roll out each portion to form an oblong.  Brush the top of the dough with a little oil.  Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut about five lengthwise strips within the oblong, taking care not to cut all the way through the edges.  Pick up the dough and twist the ends, bringing them back together and tucking the ends under to form a spiral flower.  Set each bun onto a piece of parchment or a muffin liner.  Arrange on a bamboo steamer tray with enough room so the sides do not touch.  Cover and let rest for 35-45 minutes until almost doubled in size.




 

Steam with high heat for 12 minutes.  Let stand with the lid closed or just barely cracked open for 2 minutes when done to ensure the buns are finished and will not deflate.

Serve warm.  The buns will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days, or may be frozen for a month.  Reheat in the steamer or microwave to serve.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Naan Sangak (Persian Pebble Bread) #BBB

 

This month, we made a popular Iranian flat bread, naan sangak.  Lots to share for this challenge bread!  (Sometimes you learn a whole lot during recipes by going off the rails a little bit!)  Number one: it is pebble bread, not stone bread.  Somehow I got the notion that I needed larger stones, which I did find at the local garden center.  (They had smaller as well.)  Then I found out my stones had a weird coating on them and ended up wrapping them in foil thanks to Tanna's timely suggestion.  That worked fine.  I also tried using an upside down ebelskiver pan, still in mind of the large stone shape, but thinking of options for those who didn't have the time or inclination to get stones.  Then I actually watched a video of the breads being made in Iran.  Woah.  Those are little pebbles!  (Notice at the end, them picking off any little pebbles that are still stuck to the bread, wouldn't want to bite on that!)  Wait a minute, I can do that!  I'll just use my ceramic pie weights!
 
Description of Sangak from the above video.

The pie weights were the winner for texture in both crust and crumb.  A crispy outside and soft and chewy inside flatbread that with the ceramics is essentially like baking on a textured baking stone.  The more weights the better of course, I used all I had.  The thing about the larger stones and the cast aluminum ebelskiver pan is that the large rounded surfaces tend to stretch the dough and you end up with more uneven baking.  Still good, but smaller was better.  I did all mine in the BBQ because it is HOT again this week.  The recipe is meant to make one long traditional bread but I portioned my dough into three to try different techniques to bake them.  One with the river stones, one with the upside down cast aluminum ebelskiver pan, and one with the ceramic pie weights.  The dough was easy to make and work with, I really just eyeballed the yogurt and oil and it turned out lovely.  Slightly sticky and slack but would have been fine being even more so, considering the very slack dough in the video.
 
 
We would love for you to try these uniquely baked flat breads with us this month!  Check out Elizabeth's post to see excellent shaping pictures and instructions to participate.  New recipes are posted every month on the 16th. Check out our Facebook group to see the participants' baking results during that time.
 
Naan Sangak
makes one long bread
 
This version adapted from Elizabeth's recipe for Wild Naan, and the recipe for Persian Pebble Bread in "Taste of Persia" by Naomi Duguid
 
Equipment you will need:

    two rimmed cookie sheets
    enough clean small river stones to fill one of the cookie sheets (I would use the pie weights again.)
    oven or barbecue

Leaven:

    dessert spoonful culture (whole wheat 100% hydration starter) from the fridge (about 40 g)
    50 g (50ml) room temperature water
    50 g (100ml, or approx. 1/3 cup + 4 tsp) whole wheat flour

  The leaven may require an extra feed in hot weather, in which case:
    
    all of the above leaven
    15 g (15ml, or 1 Tbsp) room temperature water

    15 g (30ml, or 2 Tbsp) 'no-additives' 100% whole wheat flour

Final Dough

    320 g (2½ cups + 1 Tbsp) unbleached all-purpose flour
    5 g (2 tsp) wheat germ  (I save and keep my bran in the freezer when I sift my fresh ground flour and used that)
    180 g (180ml, or ¾ cup + ½ tsp) room temperature water
    1 dessert-spoon (about 25 g) plain yogurt (I used kefir)
    15 g (1 Tbsp) olive oil
    All of the leaven, when it is ripe (I added a pinch of yeast because I procrastinated!)
    8 g sea salt + 5 g water (1.33 tsp table salt + 1 tsp water)

  Topping, optional

    sesame seeds  (I topped my three mini breads with sesame, nigella, and za'atar)
 
Leaven: Late in the evening on the day before you will be making the sangak, feed a spoonful of starter with the 50 g water and 50 g whole wheat flour. Cover with a plate and put into the cold oven (if the night temperatures are cool, turn the oven light on) to leave overnight.
    
In the morning of the day you will be baking, particularly if the weather is warm, take a small spoonful of the leaven and see if it floats in a bowl of cool water. If the starter is quite bubbly but that little amount sinks, stir 15 g water and 15 g whole wheat flour into the bowl from the previous night. Cover with a plate and leave until about noon. If the kitchen is cool, omit this step and proceed to the next one.
    
Final Dough: Make sure the leaven is ripe enough to pass the float test and then proceed with making the actual dough.
    
Using a bowl that is large enough for the dough to triple, mix together the flour and wheat germ. Add 180 grams water, yogurt, olive oil, and all of the leaven.  Stir together to form a soft dough. Cover and leave on counter for about 20 minutes.
    
Add the salt and water together and knead into the dough thoroughly. Cover and set aside to rise.  Don't worry if the dough is quite slack.  Slack is good for this bread.
    
Proofing: Check the dough from time to time as the afternoon progresses into evening. Wet your hands or use a dough scraper and gently fold it whenever it has doubled.
    
Preheating the Stones: A short time before dinner on the day you will be baking the bread, put the cookie tray of stones into the barbecue on a pizza stone over direct heat, close the lid, and turn it to high, or into the oven on the middle shelf of the oven set at 450ºF.
        
Shaping: While the stones are preheating, use the palms of you hands to slather water over the bottom of another cookie tray. Turn the risen dough onto the tray (the dough will still be pretty slack). Wet hands again and gently guide and flatten the dough into a rectangle, making sure that one end of the rectangle is very close to the narrow side of the tray. Gently lift the bread up and down again to make sure it is not stuck to the pan. Evenly sprinkle sesame or nigella seeds (if using) on top.
        
Using za'atar for this one

Baking: When the stones are scorching hot, carry the tray of dough and tip it at the back edge of the tray of hot stones. DO NOT TOUCH THE STONES WITH YOUR HANDS! The dough should begin to slide off the back of the wet tray. If it does not, gently nudge any part that is sticking with a thumb or finger. Gently pull the dough tray back towards the front of the barbecue to stretch the dough onto the hot stones. Once the dough is on the stones, it WILL stick for the first part of baking. Do not attempt to rearrange the dough, it won't work so embrace where it has fallen.
 
Close the lid of the barbecue if using. (Use direct and indirect heat on the barbecue.)
         
It takes 5-10 minutes to bake the bread. (Mine took 10-12) Turn the tray around from time to time to account for uneven heat in the barbecue and oven. USE OVEN MITTS! To check for doneness, use blunt-nosed tongs to gently lift the bread from the stones. Some of the stones may stick to the bread. Don't worry about that. Enough of the stones will fall off onto the tray to let you check.
        
 
Cooling (slightly): When the bread is done, bring it inside on its tray of hot stones. Some of the stones will remain attached to the bread. Once the bread cools for about 5 minutes, the stones can be dislodged relatively easily with oven mitts or a spoon. BE CAREFUL! THE STONES ARE STILL VERY HOT! If the stones are extremely reluctant to release themselves, simply bake it a little longer and try again.

 
Use a pizza wheel to cut the de-stoned bread and serve it immediately with Persian stews, Indian-style curries, chili con carne, soup.... It's good with grilled vegetables too. 
 
Upside down ebelskiver pan (handle removed for baking)

The cast aluminum really browned the dough!
  
Good old pie weights!
 
Got a good stretch on this round.


Definitely the best result for us.


Nice texture on the back!

 

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Rosemary, Sage, and Wild Rice Levain #BreadBakers

 

Our Breadbakers theme for this month is Spiced Savory Breads and our host is Renu of Cook with Renu.  Having already baked my bread, it's amusing to me as I write this post that I want to make it again with different spices.  Don't get me wrong, it was lovely with the fresh rosemary and sage picked right out of the garden!  I just think it would also be fantastic with Za'atar next time too.  In a week with cooler temperatures, I will also take the time to make this in the full 48 hours with an overnight rise in the refrigerator!  This helps develop the flavor and structure of the sourdough.  However, with company visiting and higher than comfortable temperatures on the only day I had to bake, I was left to condense my time line to a single day bake.  It's okay though, it still turned out a lovely bread.  I love that bread just wants to be bread.
 
 
This is a somewhat sticky dough with a higher hydration, but still easy enough to work with.  The wild rice may be cooked to desired doneness.  Feel free to add nuts like chopped pecans if desired!

Rosemary, Sage, and Wild Rice Levain
makes 1 large or two small boules
 
Leaven:
30g 100% hydration starter
30g water
30g bread flour (all purpose works)
 
Final dough:
90g leaven
320g water
320g bread flour (all purpose is fine, bread flour helps with structure)
85g whole wheat flour (I used Edison wheat flour)
20g rye flour
9g sea salt

Add-ins:
85g cooked wild rice
~1 tbsp each, chopped fresh sage and rosemary

Optional: extra whole sage leaves for garnish

In a bowl, combine the leaven ingredients, cover and leave to ferment until bubbly and active.  (This only took a couple hours for my recently fed starter but could take up to eight.)

Add the water and flours for the final dough and knead until the dough is cohesive and all the flour has been hydrated.  Let rest for 20 minutes.  Mix in the salt.  Then fold in the rice and herbs until evenly distributed throughout the dough.  Let the dough rise for a few hours, turning and folding every half hour or so.  Turn out the dough and divide if desired for smaller loaves.  Preshape the loaf and let rest for 15 minutes, covered.  Prepare a banneton with either a liner, or misted and floured with non-glutinous flour.  Use the whole leaves to decorate the top of the loaf, or place them in the bottom of the banneton.  (I attached mine to the loaf using a bit of water to moisten the dough and allow them to stick.)  Place the loaf, bottom side up, into the banneton.  Cover and allow to rise overnight in the refrigerator if time permits, or on the counter for 2-3 hours.

 
If the loaf has been chilled, allow to come to room temp for at least an hour.  Preheat oven to 500ºF.  Place a Dutch oven on the lowest rack to preheat for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle some semolina on the bottom of the loaf that is upside down in the banneton.  Gently turn out onto a piece of parchment with the seam side now down.  Score as desired.  Carefully remove the preheated Dutch oven and gently place the loaf with its paper into the pot.  Cover with lid and place back in oven.  Reduce temperature to 470ºF and bake with the lid on for 20 minutes.  Remove the lid and bake for an additional 12-20 minutes until the crust is deeply browned.  (If the bottom crust is getting too dark in a cast iron oven, remove carefully and finish baking on a baking stone or directly on the rack.)
 
Allow to cool completely before slicing. 


 

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 Recipe adapted from Sourdough Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories and more.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Unfed Starter Sourdough Sour Cream Waffles


This is, hands down, my favorite way to wake up a sleepy starter.  It works with even long forgotten sludge that needs the hooch drained and the top grey portion scraped off.  Um, not that I ever let my precious and very forgiving starter get to that stage.  *cough*  The recipe is from Cultures for Health and though my starter was a local gift, I love this one possibly above all other sour dough recipes just for the unfed versatility and of course that it prevents wasting sourdough discard.  I usually make a half batch because I don't usually have larger quantities of starter.  This latest half batch used up all but a few tablespoons of my old, flat starter (no hooch), but after feeding it up, 24 hours later, the starter was fully risen up to the top of the crock.  I love this starter so much.  Here's a tip: if you don't use your sourdough regularly, don't feed it at 100% hydration.  Keep it much stiffer and it will slow the metabolism of the flour down and extend the healthy life of the wild yeast.  A liquid starter will suffer much more from neglect than a stiff one.  You can always feed up a portion to the proper hydration later.  I like to keep mine just thick enough that I can still stir it up and over in the crock with a wooden spoon, but not quite as dry as a dough, though that is a possibility for some recipes.  If I need to add a few more mLs or tbsp of liquid to my bread recipes to make up for my stiffer starter, that's just fine with me.  Bread is versatile and usually forgiving.
  As for these delightful waffles, they are light as air with an old starter, wonderfully crispy with a sourdough tang, and slightly chewier with a more recently fed starter.  They are absolutely delicious with just about any starter.  Highly recommended recipe for any time and especially for using discard and waking up a starter.  I usually get around 10 or so waffles from a half batch with old starter, using a two square standard waffle maker, not Belgian style.

Sourdough Sour Cream Waffles

2 eggs
2 cups discarded sourdough starter
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
⅔ cup sour cream
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1 Tbsp. honey (or golden syrup or maple syrup)
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. baking soda
 
  • Preheat waffle maker according to manufacturer instructions.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the starter, eggs, salt, vanilla, sour cream, melted butter, and honey.
  • Sprinkle the baking powder and baking soda over the top (it is advisable to put the soda through a mesh sieve to remove any lumps). Stir just until combined.
  • Oil, spray, or butter the waffle maker if necessary, and pour in batter.  Cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions to desired level of crispness.  (I like to cook my waffles just until the steam stops coming out the sides of the waffle maker.)
    Serve with your favorite toppings.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Buttery Cruffins #BBB

 

So what exactly is a cruffin?  Up until our host kitchen posted about them, I had never heard of one!  I had heard of cronuts, which is a hybrid croissant and donut, but not cruffins - a hybrid croissant muffin.  I would honestly categorize it as more of a "croll" for most people.  It's like a very fine peel apart roll in muffin shape.  Bakeries can get lots of flaky layers because they have nifty industrial dough sheeters that can easily roll the dough down to a super thin layer.  Most of the home bakers out there will be rolling these out by hand, or if you're lucky and have a pasta roller, you can use that.  I am lucky there and dug mine out to use.
 
 
We were given free reign to use any cruffin recipe and I refrained from going sweet this time, though all the bakeries turn these into fantastic sweet pastries with all sorts of fillings.  I may try them again, as I would like to use more levels on the pasta machine than my method called for.  It said to go up to stage 5 and I could have gone up to 9.  Still, the layers baked up beautifully and the cruffins were buttery delicious!  (Fantastic with jam!)  Eldest would have preferred sweet versions, hubby loved them plain.  I really would love to try a garlic buttered version!  My recipe called for an overnight rest for the dough and chilling before cutting and shaping.  That worked well though I do recommend a very sharp knife or a serrated knife to prevent sealing the layers together when cutting the tubes for shaping.  As with the povitica, a very well developed dough is essential for better ease of shaping.
 
We would love for you to try these buttery beauties and bake along with us this month!  New recipes are posted every month on the 16th. Check out our Facebook group to see the participants' baking results during that time.
 

Cruffins
makes 12 
Recipe and method from Bake Street

    300 g all purpose flour
    160 g water
    50 g sugar (I reduced to 25g for the plain butter cruffins)
    15 g milk powder
    4 g instant yeast
    30 g butter at room temperature (I used salted butter here)
    4 g salt
    120-150 g unsalted butter at room temperature for laminating  (I needed the lesser amount)

Day one: make the dough

In the bowl of a stand mixer add the flour, yeast, powdered milk, sugar and salt. Mix together and then add the water. Knead with the dough hook on low speed until the dough is fairly well developed, about 15 minutes.  It will be slightly stiff.  Add half of the 30g butter and knead until it is completely worked in.  Add the remaining half and knead again until completely integrated. Knead the dough until it is smooth and supple and the gluten is very well developed.
 
Remove the dough and form into a slightly flattened rectangle and cover it with plastic wrap.
 
Store in the fridge until the next day.

Day two:  Divide and conquer shape

Take out the dough and divide it into 6 pieces of approximately 89 g each.  Roughly form each piece into a ball, cover and leave to rest for 20 minutes.

Roll or stretch each piece individually.  First press or roll the piece out into a rectangular shape that will fit into stage 1 of the pasta machine.   Pass the piece of dough through the pasta machine.  Sprinkle a tiny bit of flour on both sides of the dough to prevent sticking to itself.  Proceed to roll the dough down to at least level 5 thickness.  The dough will become longer with each successive pass. Handle it carefully to avoid tearing.  Once as thin as desired/possible either cut or stretch the ends to square them up and cover with a thin layer of butter.
 

 
Use your fingers to carefully butter the entire surface of the dough.  Roll up the dough starting from a short end.  Set that piece aside and repeat the stretching and buttering of another piece.  Once the second piece is buttered, place the first roll right at the beginning to match seams and continue to roll the second layer onto it.
 

 

 
Cover with plastic wrap and repeat the same process with the other pieces to make 3 rolls in total.  Chill the rolls for 1 hour until the butter is well chilled. This step will help prevent the layers from melting while shaping.

Grease a muffin tin with butter and dust with flour as you would for a cake. Set aside. Take one of the rolls and cut it lengthwise using a sharp or serrated knife. 
 
Cut each long piece in half across the middle and form each into the shape of the cruffin. To do this, curl the pieces up with the cut sides facing out.  Place into the tin and repeat with all remaining rolls and pieces.  We are basically quartering each roll.  I found it necessary to gently stretch a few of my pieces to make them long enough to curl up.  Having a wider roll to begin with will help the length of the final pieces.

Cover the tin with wrap and leave to rise until doubled in size.  This could be 1-3 hours.


Preheat the oven to 390ºF.  Bake on the center rack for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 355ºF and bake for an additional 10 minutes. 

 

Remove from the oven, carefully transfer the finished cruffins to a wire rack and let cool down completely. 

Fill and decorate as desired.  These may be enjoyed plain, with a dusting of powdered sugar, or filled and topped as simply or lavishly as desired. 

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