Cherry Cranberry Pecan Porridge Cream Cheese Rolls
These rolls were baked for Thanksgiving dinner at my Brother in law's in North Carolina. We made our usual pilgrimage down south and as usual I volunteered to make some rolls for dinner.
I actually made 2 batches from the same main dough. One batch had the cherries, cranberries and pecans and the other was plain with some melted cheddar grated on top and toasted dried onions. The formula below includes only enough cherries, cranberries and pecans for half the dough so if you want to use it for the entire batch, simply double the amount.
These came out nice and soft and super tasty and went over very well with the hungry family.
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Mix all the levain ingredients together for about 1 minute and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit at room temperature for around 7-8 hours or until the starter has doubled. You can use it immediately in the final dough or let it sit in your refrigerator overnight.
Add about 3/4's of the milk called for in the porridge to the dry ingredients in a small pot set to low and stir constantly until all the milk is absorbed. Add the remainder of the milk and keep stirring until you have a nice creamy and soft porridge. Remove from the heat and let it come to room temperature before adding to the dough. I put mine in the refrigerator and let it cool quicker.
Main Dough Procedure
Add the dried cherries and cranberries to the water and let it hydrate for about 30 minutes. Strain the add-ins and set aside and use water for main dough. Mix the flours, and the water for about 1 minute. Let the rough dough sit for about 20 minutes to an hour. Next add the levain, cooled porridge, cream cheese and salt and mix on low for 5 minutes. Add the pecans, cherries and cranberries and mix until incorporated or you can add it by hand during the stretch and folds. Remove the dough from your bowl and place it in a lightly oiled bowl or work surface and do several stretch and folds. Let it rest covered for 10-15 minutes and then do another stretch and fold. Let it rest another 10-15 minutes and do one additional stretch and fold. After a total of 2 hours place your covered bowl in the refrigerator and let it rest for 12 to 24 hours.
When you are ready to bake remove the bowl from the refrigerator and divide into pieces approximately 110-130 grams depending on how big you want them. Shape into rolls and place on parchment lined cookie sheets or jelly pans. Cover with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap sprayed with oil and let them rise until they are 1/3 to doubled in size.
Around 45 minutes before ready to bake, pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees F. and prepare it for steam. I have a heavy-duty baking pan on the bottom rack of my oven with 1 baking stone on above the pan and one on the top shelf. I pour 1 cup of boiling water in the pan right after I place the dough in the oven.
Right before you are ready to put them in the oven, apply a simple egg wash and for the batch with the cheese and onions add after applying the egg wash. Next add 1 cup of boiling water to your steam pan or follow your own steam procedure.
Lower the temperature to 425 degrees. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the rolls are nice and brown.
Take the bread out of the oven when done and let it cool on a bakers rack before for at least 1 hour before eating.