Heavenly Hard Rolls
These rolls are best made with a "00" Italian bread flour like Pivetti Rinzfornato 00. Many such flours are only sold in large bags to bakeries but a variety of internet vendors now repackage these in quantities more likely to meet the needs of home cooks. I got this flour from nybakers.com.
This recipe uses two techniques that may be new to most American home cooks and I'm a recent convert. Both of them are actually quite easy to master.
First is using a scale and metric measurements to apportion ingredients. Second is using a stretch-and-fold technique instead of kneading.
An inexpensive digital kitchen scale from a discount store is a wonderful thing to have in the kitchen both for weighing ingredients for bread and for controlling portions for your family. Look for a scale with a "tare" button that allows you to set the scale back to zero when you put an empty bowl on it.
700 gpivetti 00 rinzfornato flour or other fine bread or pizza flour
8 ginstant yeast
1egg whisked with about 1 teaspoon water
Opt.poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or other topping if desired.
How to Make Heavenly Hard Rolls
- STRETCH-AND-FOLD INSTRUCTIONS: lightly oil a flat surface about 12" x 18" in area. Flop the dough out of the bowl and onto the oiled surface. Use your hands to stretch or gently press the dough into a rectangle. Fold the rectangle of dough in thirds as you would a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" paper to put in a business envelope. Then fold in thirds again the other way. Flop the resulting roll of dough back into the bowl. With each successive stretch-and-fold, the dough with develop more gluten and be harder to stretch.