Kamut Egg Cheese Rolls
I needed to make some rolls for burgers and sandwiches and if you know me by now, adding cheese was a must :). The main flour was Kamut with some KAF bread flour thrown in for good measure. The eggs really added some nice moisture and flavor and the smoked Gouda cheese I used put them over the top. Of course if you don't like smoked cheese (like my wife who hates it), use a more mild cheese.
I used chunks of cheese which unfortunately when I added them in to the dough did not distribute evenly so I ended up with some rolls with almost no cheese and some with the perfect amount. It probably would have been better to add shredded cheese or to add the chunks when forming the rolls. Oh well, I guess next time.
Here are the Zip files for the above BreadStorm files.
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. I used my proofer set at 83 degrees and it took about 4 hours. You can use it immediately in the final dough or let it sit in your refrigerator overnight.
Main Dough Procedure
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, maple syrup, egg yolks, and salt and mix on low for 4 minutes. Now add the cheese or wait until you form the dough per my comments above. You should end up with a cohesive dough that is slightly tacky but very manageable. 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 1.5 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 let it set out at room temperature still covered for 1.5 to 2 hours. Remove the dough and shape into rolls.
The dough will take 1.5 to 2 hours depending on your room temperature and will only rise about 1/3 it's size at most. Let the dough dictate when it is read to bake not the clock.
Around 45 minutes before ready to bake, pre-heat your oven to 475 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.
If desired, use an egg wash about 15 minutes before you are ready to bake them and sprinkle toppings of your choice. I used garlic sesame seeds, everything bagel topping and smoked sesame seeds.
Right before you are ready to put them in the oven, add 1 cup of boiling water to your steam pan or follow your own steam procedure.
Lower the temperature to 445 degrees. Bake for 15-25 minutes until the rolls are nice and brown and the internal temperature is 200 degrees.
Take the rolls out of the oven when done and let it cool on a bakers rack before eating.
Below are some more photos from my gardens. The summer flowers are starting to bloom now. Enjoy!