Easy Honey-Wheat rolls from scratch

Last week I  was experimenting with the bread dough again. Not so much because I wanted to experiment, but more because of lack of necessary ingredients and being lazy to go to the story at a late hour. I would usually make these kinds of rolls for a party, because they are easy to make, look pretty on the table and taste delicious just warm from the oven. However, there was no party, I just wanted to spoil my family a little, because I had a day off and I felt like baking. Reason enough to do so, don’t you think?! Even with limited ingredients, these turned out far, far better than I thought. My husband said I should write down the recipe so I can make them again. He suggested they would be also excellent as burger buns. So here they are:

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Easy Honey-Wheat rolls from scratch

[printable recipe]

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (385 g) all-purpose flour (used King Arthur)
  • 1 cup (125 g) wheat flour (used King Arthur)
  • 1 ½ TSP salt
  • 0.7 oz (20 g) fresh yeast
  • 1 ½ cup (350 ml) warm water
  • 1/2 cup (115 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • a bit of cooking oil
  • 1 TBSP heavy cream
  • Flax and sesame seeds

Preparation:

*** If you are going to make these rolls for dinner, I suggest make the dough in the morning and let it rest until ready to make them. I made my dough at night since I wanted to make the rolls for breakfast.

  1. Combine all-purpose flour, wheat flour and salt and mix it thoroughly. Combine warm water and cream and dissolve fresh yeast in the liquid.
  2. Set your mixer on slow and start pouring the liquid into the flour mixture, add honey and now switch to medium speed and knead for about 5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle your work surface with a bit of flour and transfer the dough on it. Knead the dough by hand for a minute or two, make it into a ball, brush with a bit of oil, cover and let it rest for several hours, best overnight.
  4. Prepare a greased large round baking pan.
  5. Empty the dough on a floured surface and knead it a few times. Weigh the dough and decide how many rolls you need.  Cut the dough into desired number of pieces. I weighed mine so they can be a similar size.
  6. Knead each piece of dough 8-10 times and form a ball. Place all the dough balls into the greased pan, cover lightly and let rise for at least 1 ½ – 2 hours.
  7. When they have doubled in size, brush them with some heavy cream and sprinkle with flax and sesame seeds.
  8. Bake at 400 F (200 C) for about  20 minutes or until golden.

All is left is just to enjoy them!

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Honey-Wheat dough

Honey-Wheat dough

Honey-Wheat rolls from scratch

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Honey-Wheat rolls from scratch

Honey-Wheat rolls from scratch

Honey-Wheat rolls from scratch

Honey-Wheat rolls from scratch

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Crusty Bread with Yogurt and Honey

Yesterday was definitely a bread baking day! From the time I woke up I couldn’t stop thinking about making bread. It may seem strange, but I get all consumed thinking about it, planning in my head and just can’t wait to get home and start working on it. I remembered the time when I lived in Germany, I had a part-time job in a bakery. I loved that job, I loved the smell of the fresh baked goods and just the whole busy atmosphere of the place. One of my favorite breads from the bakery was Yogurt Bread. It had a crusty outside and was chewy and moist inside. Pure enjoyment! This was my attempt to recreate this wonderful bread and I am more than pleased with the results! In fact, I am so pleased that I am making a loaf again today! 😀

Crusty Bread with Yogurt and Honey                         Printable recipe

  • 1.2 oz (35 g) fresh yeast
  • 5 oz (150 ml) cold water
  • 8 oz (225 g) plain yogurt
  • 6 oz (175 ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 26.4  oz (750 g) flour (used all-purpose King Arthur)
  • flour for kneading
  • olive oil for brushing
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the cold water. In another dish combine yogurt and water, add honey and salt.
  2. Place the flour in a mixer bowl with the hook attachments. Start mixing slowly adding the yeast mixture. After that slowly add the yogurt mixture.
  3. Let it mix on a slow-medium setting for about 10 minutes. The dough will be firm.
  4. Cover and let rise on a room temperature for about 3-4 hours. Collapse it, cover again and place in the fridge for another 20 hours. The dough needs to rest for about 24 hours.
  5. When ready to shape the bread, remove from the fridge and leave at room temperature for couple of hours. Dust your working surface with flour, knead the dough thoroughly and shape into an oval. Brush all over with olive oil and liberally dust with flour, cover and let it rise until double in size. Score it in the middle.
  6. Heat the oven to 425 F (218 C), place the baking stone/dish in the oven for at least 30 minutes. Place a cup of water on the bottom of the oven. Put the bread onto the stone and bake for about 45-60 minutes.
  7. Cool completely, slice and enjoy!

Bon Appétit!

Fresh yeast dissolved in cold water
Combining honey with yogurt mixture
Adding dissolved yeast to flour
The dough is quite firm
Dough right after removed from the fridge and 24 hour rest.
Forming the oval shaped bread
Scored and ready for oven

Sweet Yeasted Buns: recreating mom’s recipe

Numerous times I tried to recreate these sweet, fluffy buns that mom used to make when we were children. I don’t have a recipe because mama always made these without one! I think today they have turned out just right – right amount of sweetness, softness, right texture and above all the right taste! I know she would be proud of me – Happy Birthday Mama! 🙂

Sweet Yeasted Buns                    Printable recipe

(KORPICE- is the name of these buns, which in Bosnian language means “little baskets”)

Dough:

  • 4 cups (512 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2.8 oz (80 g) sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup (295 ml) warm milk
  • 0.7 oz (20 g) fresh yeast
  • ½ lemon (zest only)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2.8 oz (80 g) butter (softened)
  • Flour for kneading

Filling:

  • 3.5 oz (100 g) finely chopped walnuts
  • 3.5 (100 g) fresh blackberries (mashed)
  • 5.2 oz (150 g) blackberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

***1 Tablespoon powder sugar + 1 pack of vanilla sugar for dusting

Preparation:

For the dough combine the flour, sugar and vanilla sugar in a mixing bowl. Make an indent in the flour. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and lightly pour the milk into the flour. Mix the dough until almost combined, add the egg and the yolks, mix some more and at the end add butter.

Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for a few minutes. Form into a ball, place into a buttered bowl, cover and let it rest until double in size. The dough supposed to be medium firm. Once is rises is will be stretchy, soft and easy to work with.

While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Just mix all ingredients together and set aside until needed.

Once the dough is ready place it on a floured surface and roll it into a rectangle (approx. size 12 X 24 inches or 30 X 60 cm). With a pizza knife cut it into 24 squares.  Place some of the filling in the middle of each square, pick up opposite corners together as to form a little basket. Pinch the sides good so the filling doesn’t come out.

Cover and let it rest for about 15 minutes. Bake at 400 F (200 C) for about 15 minutes or until you see nice golden-brown tops.

While still warm, dust with mixture of sugar and vanilla sugar. Serve warm with coffee or a cup of milk.

YUM! ENJOY! 🙂

Easy Sandwich Buns

I so enjoy making my own bread and buns. What’s better than a fresh, golden-brown bun right out of the oven?! Here is just a quick and simple recipe for some excellent sandwich buns.

Easy Sandwich Buns                              Printable recipe

 Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (512 g) all-purpose flour (used King Arthur)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup +/- ¼ cup (250 ml) warm water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Flour for kneading

Preparation:

In a large bowl combine flour, active dry yeast, sugar and salt. Mix well and start adding water. Quantity of water will depend on the flour.

Add the olive oil at the end and mix for 4-5 minutes. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for about 5 minutes.

Now turn on the mixer for another 5 minutes. The dough will look nice and smooth. Shortly knead it by hand on a flour dusted surface. Shape it into a ball, place it back into the greased bowl, cover and let it rise until double in volume (1 to 1.5 hours).

When double in size, place the dough on your working surface, roll it into a square and cut into square shaped buns. I made bigger buns, so I had 9.

Make sure buns are nicely dusted with flour when you place them onto a baking sheet. Cover them and let rise for another hour.

Heat the oven to 450 F (230 C). Bake the buns for about 12-15 minutes. For extra crunchy buns place a cup of water on the bottom of the oven.

Bon Appétit!

Yeast Strudel with Hazelnuts

I haven’t baked in a while, partly because the summer calls for the resfreshing, no bake, fruity desserts and partly because I was on vacation and just didn’t feel like doing much except relaxing, painting, shopping, and such… Well, last night I got a huge urge to bake! Without a particular reason, without an occasion in sight I just HAD TO BAKE SOMETHING! Those passionate about baking will understand! 😀

Ideas started forming in my mind while I was still at work – something yeasty, but not too heavy and good for breakfast… Strudel! That’s it! We, Eastern European People love our strudel! I think most of every nation of Eastern (and some of Western EU) has one or the other version of the strudel. I usually make two types of strudel – one with a very thin, phyllo-like dough and the other with the yeast dough. Fillings can vary – from a lighter cherry, apple or jam filling to a richer poppy seed, walnut, hazelnut, almond or cream cheese and raisins filling. More info about strudel here.

Yeast Strudel with Hazelnuts                      Printable recipe

Yields two 5 X 9 inches (13 X 23 cm) loafs

Filling:

  • 12-14 oz (350-400 g) ground hazelnuts
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1 pack vanilla sugar (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 2-3  tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Dough:

  • 1 pack of dry yeast (or 20 g fresh yeast)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 4 cups (512 g) all-purpose flour (used King Arthur)
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (if desired)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 cup (236 ml)warm water
  • 6 tablespoons (85 g) butter (very soft)

Preparation:

Filling:

Pour the milk into a cooking pan and let it boil lightly. Add hazelnuts, sugar, vanilla, honey and cinnamon and mix well for a few minutes until the filling thickens. Make sure the filling is spreadable. If is too runny add more hazelnuts. ***You may divide filling into two parts and add 1 tbsp of cocoa or melted chocolate in one half (or add some different flavor to it).

Dough:

  1. Mix the yeast, 1 tsp sugar and 2 tbsp warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes until becomes foamy.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, salt and lemon zest. Make an indent in the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Mix lightly, add the egg and then start adding water. When almost combined, work the butter into the dough.
  3. Lightly dust your working surface with flour and knead the dough by hand for about 5 minutes. Grease a bowl with butter and place the dough ball into the bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise until double in volume.
  4. Prepare two 5 X 9 inches (about 13 X 23 cm) loaf pans, grease them with butter. Cover your table with a cloth which will be used for rolling the dough. Sprinkle the cloth with flour.
  5. When the dough is ready, divide it in two. Using a rolling pin roll the dough as thin as possible. Make sure it keeps its rectangular shape. The size of my dough was approx. 12 X 20 inches. Spread the filling as thinly as possible. Lift up the cloth and roll the dough as a jelly roll. Do the same with the second piece of the dough.
  6. Shape one roll into “S”, form the other dough into a two-strain braid and place each into a loaf pan. Cover and let is rise for about 1 to 1.5 hours.
  7. Bake at 375 F (190 C) for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 F (175 C) and bake for another 30 minutes. Cool for at least 30 minutes in the pan. Remove from the pan and cool for another 30 minutes, slice and serve.

ENJOY!

Piquant Cheese Pepper Bread

Every day when I come back from work I make dinner for my family. During a working week this is the only time when we sit together for a meal. This was a busy week with a lot of after work/school commitments, some take outs and dinners out of the home. Today I didn’t have enough time to cook something big, so I decided to make this delicious cheesy pepper bread paired up with some fresh mozzarella cheese, Bosnian smoked sausage (sudžuk) and campari tomatoes. The recipe for the Cheese Pepper Bread comes from an old country cookbook I bought a few years ago at a yard sale. It was well worth the 50 cents I spent for it. This bread is simple to make, it is done in less than an hour and tastes wonderfully cheesy and piquant.

Cheese Pepper Bread                                           Printable recipe

 Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (113 g) butter (melted)
  • 2 ½ cups (312 g) flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 – 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper (freshly ground)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz (226 g) shredded cheddar cheese (or any you like)
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz (236 ml) plain yogurt

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Line your 9x5x3 inches (23x13x7 cm) loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt butter over low heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, black pepper, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in cheddar cheese. (I’ve used 4 oz cheddar and 4 oz mozzarella)
  4. In a medium bowl lightly beat eggs, add yogurt and melted butter. Pour this mixture into flour just until moistened. Spoon into prepared loaf pan..
  5. Bake about 35 minutes until golden brown or until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan about 10 minutes, remove from pan and serve.

Braided Breakfast Bread

Every time I want to bake something with yeast I remember my mama. She was the queen of yeast doughs. She didn’t use any recipes either. She would throw together a little bit of this, a little bit of that and it would turn into one of those things that people write a two page recipe for. Mama enjoyed making everything fresh and from scratch, of course! 🙂 She would get up early in the morning, I mean really early! She would start a dough, and by the time my sister and I were getting ready for school the whole house would be enveloped in the fragrant aroma of mama’s baked goods. After all that early morning work she still had plenty of energy to dress up, do her hair, put some make up on and go meet some 25 other people’s children and teach them with a smile.

This morning I tried to throw together few things my self, hoping it would turn into one of mama-like heavenly breakfast breads. I would say it turned out ok. I should have let it rise longer, but impatient me didn’t… Anyway, the house smelled wonderfuly and the bread tasted great, but it just wasn’t as mama’s…

Braided Breakfast Bread                                 Printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups (450 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (65 g) dry milk powder
  • ¼ cup (50 g) sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp dry yeast
  • 1 lemon (zest)
  • 1 1/4 cup (300 ml) warm water
  • ½ stick (50 g) butter (soft)
  • 1 egg
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) raisins
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) dried apricots (chopped)
  • 1.8 oz (50 g) dried cranberries

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk or cream

Preparation:

  1. Soak all dried fruit in warm water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, dry milk powder, sugar, yeast, and mix well. Gradually start adding water. Add lemon zest. When almost combined, add egg and butter. Mix for few more minutes, then add in dried fruit.
  3. Cover and let it rest for about two hours or until doubled in volume.
  4. Now place the dough on a flour-dusted surface and knead it for few minutes. Divide it into 4 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a long 12-14 inch (30-35 cm) log. Pinch all four pieces together and form a braid.
  5. Place the braid onto a baking pan, brush with the egg wash, cover and let it rise for another 45 minutes to an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C) and bake for about 30-45 minutes or until nice, golden-brown color.

Enjoy!