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Arizmendi Cheese Rolls!

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GrinChaser

Arizmendi Cheese Rolls!

The cheese rolls at Arizmendi have been a family favorite for years. They are chewy, crusty and impossibly savory. A little part of what makes them special is that we only get to partake when we're out on a day trip to SF either going to Cal Academy or Golden Gate Park. A bag of assorted Arizmendi goodies keeps us happily snacking all day. Finally I found their recipe and some copycat recipes too. Turns out they got their recipes from the Cheese Board in Berkeley and Cheese Board has a recipe book.


It's a sourdough that gets a long slow rise. This was the first time I kneaded a sourdough this much by hand. There were instructions for a stand mixer but mine was struggling a bit. It was a stiffer dough than I am used to. So I kneaded for over 20 minutes. Since this book predates the Tartine sourdough wave by about a decade, I missed info like starter hydration, metric weight measurements for all ingredients - particularly salt when their recipe uses kosher salt! With about a pound of cheese for 12 rolls, I erred on the side of caution with estimating salt weight.


I didn't use the full amount of cheese (used only 11 oz) and I'm glad I held back. These were cheesy enough. I will bake a shade less next time and use closer to the prescribed volume (eye roll) of salt. The chew was spot on!

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phaz

If you can post a link or the recipe it would be great. This is right up my alley! Thanks! 

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GrinChaser

copy of the recipe:

https://cookingbythebook.com/recipes/cheese-rolls-from-the-cheese-board/

Be warned that these are very chewy. They are best warm from the oven. Even though the chew is one of the features I found attractive when I first had these, having baked a pan full, I think I might ease up on the bread flour next time and maybe bake them covered for a bit in a combo cooker.

Salt - I used 13g sea salt, but will try 16g next time.

Please do report back if you try these. I'd be interested to hear how you like them.