Thursday, September 1, 2011

Buttermilk Cluster Rolls - Revisited

I made Michael Ruhlman's Buttermilk Cluster Rolls back in February 2010. This is a standard recipe in our household now and I thought I'd share the few modifications I have made to the original recipe.

Instead of baking it inside a cake pan to make that gorgeous looking cluster roll, for practicality's sake, I bake it inside an IKEA bullar loaf tin (27.5 cm x 8.5 cm x 6 cm), and make a few small buns on the side with the leftover dough. If you have a bigger bread loaf tin, you can make bigger balls of dough and bake everything in one go. Some modifications have been made in the recipe because buttermilk is difficult to obtain and expensive in Spain. I use a mixture of yogurt and whole milk.

This is Ronny's sandwich bread these days and he likes to melt Gouda or Cheddar cheese on it, but I love to have it with a generous slathering of marmalade made from bitter oranges from Seville (Mermelada de Naranja Amarga, Angel Camacho Alimentacion, S.L.).

Here's the modified recipe.

Yogurt & Milk Loaf with Blue Poppy Seeds - Adapted from Michael Ruhlman's Recipe


800g AP Flour
125 g Yogurt
445 g Whole Milk
5.5 g Dry Yeast
1 Tbsp Spanish Sea Salt
2 Tbsp Honey (I use Miel Multifloral de Galicia)
Butter (for greasing the tin)
Coarse Corn Flour (for sprinkling in the tin and on the oven paper)
1 Egg
1 Tsp Blue Poppy Seeds

Step 1: In a big mixing bowl, combine the flour (saving maybe 1/2 cup for the kneading), yeast and salt and give it a few whisks to make sure it is well-blended.

Step 2: Add the yogurt, milk and honey and mix and mix it until it's blended enough and you can move it to a floured kitchen surface.

Step 3: Use the remaining flour and knead the dough until smooth and resilient for about 10 minutes, gradually incorporating all of the flour.

Step 4: Put it back in the bowl and cover it with a tea towel. Let it rest for around 2 hours.

Step 5: Butter the bread loaf tin and sprinkle with coarse corn flour.

Step 5: Once the dough has risen, punch it down and knead it well releasing all the gases and then make 4 balls weighing around 300g each (the size of my fist aka the size of a 12 year old boy's fist) and put them into bread tin like you would when making a Brioche.

Step 6: Roll the remaining dough into small balls (100g x 4) and put them on oven paper that has been sprinkled with coarse corn flour.

Step 7: Cover both with tea towels and let them rise for 60 minutes.

Step 8: Beat the egg until it's a uniform smooth yellow.

Step 8: Preheat your oven to 190C (375F) and when the bread has risen, brush the surface of the loaf with the egg wash, sprinkle some blue poppy seeds on top and bake for 30 minutes, then cover with aluminum foil if the top is very brown and bake for another 10 minutes (Total Baking Time: 40 minutes).

Step 9: After removing the baked loaf from the oven, slide in the buns and bake these for 15 -20 minutes or until they are nice and brown on top.

Further Notes: My bread often cracks on top or on the sides and although this doesn't bother me I know it might bother some of you. I found this note on which is helpful.


Jhonny walker said...

hey! these looked very appetizing. It is great t see known faces...keep up the faith :)

Anncoo said...

I love the pretty colour of this cluster rolls. Looks so delicious and I can have it anytime of the day.
Thanks for leaving your comment on blog. If you can't find lotus paste, you can make red bean paste instead.

Filipina Ini said...

They look so yummy and very beauiful at the same time. Eatng a part for the first time or cutting a part would be a challenge!

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Jhonny walker: Really nice to see you back!

Anncoo: I'll see if they have ready made paste. When I read through how to make white bean paste I just about fainted. lol

Filipina Ini: The bread is very easy to make too. You should try it out one day. :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

I hope I can bake some bread soon...

Quay Po Cooks said...

Your cluster bread looks yummy and I can just eat it alone and be satisfied.

Elra's cooking and baking said...

Beautiful! Love the use of yogurt and whole milk in the recipe. Also poppy seeds is a nice addition.

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Very nice looking bread.:)

Lori said...

These sound absolutely delicious Murasaki. I am looking for something like this to take to a picnic. Thanks.