Sourdough Rosette Buns

20 May

Sourdough Rosette Buns | Korena in the KitchenAfter being sorely neglected the past month or so, my sourdough starter got a workout this weekend: not only did I make these sourdough buns, but I also baked Barbara’s Perfect Italian Sourdough Loaf and used a bunch of discard sourdough in a batch of waffles for the freezer. When the sourdough urge hits, it hits hard.

Sourdough Rosette Buns | Korena in the Kitchen

The Sourdough Surprises project this month was to make buns – for burgers, hotdogs, whatever. With a recent two-for-one sale on pork shoulder roasts at the local grocery store, I had it in mind to make pulled pork, for which I would need soft, delicious buns. I did a random internet search for “sourdough hamburger buns” and after being disappointed by the photos accompanying many of the recipes (what can I say, I eat with my eyes first – my favorite cookbooks have at least a picture per recipe, and my favorite food blogs have more pictures than words! She said, wordily.), I finally came upon one where the results looked as good as the description (which was “the perfect sourdough hamburger bun”).

Sourdough Rosette Buns | Korena in the Kitchen

Are they perfect? Pretty close, I think. Their crumb is a matrix of small-to-medium holes, giving them a satisfying honey-comb structure to catch the juices of whatever you choose to fill them with, and they have a deliciously chewy texture – not so much that they are hard to eat, but enough so that they are texturally interesting. To fancy things up, I knotted them into rosettes, making them look sort of like kaiser rolls. They came a little bit un-knotted during proofing and baking, but it just adds to their home-made charm – a charm further enhanced by slow-cooker pulled pork and creamy coleslaw with apple. Can you say YUM?

Sourdough Rosette Buns | Korena in the Kitchen

For all your sourdough bun needs this summer, check out the Sourdough Surprises collection below:

Sourdough Rosette Buns

Adapted from Chilly Frosting. Makes 6 medium-sized buns. Recipe could easily be doubled. The original recipe stated the these buns could be made in a single day, but mine took all day to rise and then proofed overnight – your starter will determine how long they take.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, combine:

120 g active sourdough starter, 100% hydration

150 ml water

Stir to dissolve the starter, then add:

40 g granulated white sugar

40 g melted unsalted butter

1 egg yolk (reserve the egg white for glazing before baking)

8 g salt

Once mixed together, slowly add up to 330 g bread flour to get a dough that cleans the side of the bowl – you may need a little more flour, you may need less. Continue to knead with the dough hook on medium speed for about 10-15 minutes, until the dough is smooth and stretchy.

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Gather the dough into a ball, cover the bowl with plastic, and let rest for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, perform a stretch and fold of the dough: grab one quadrant of the dough and stretch it up, then tuck it over on top of itself. Repeat in all 4 directions. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap again and leave at room temperature until doubled in size (several hours or all day).

stretch&fold

Turn the doubled dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 6 equal pieces. Shape each one into a ball and roll each ball into a log about 12″ long.

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To form the rosettes, grasp the dough log in the middle with both hands and tie it in an over-hand knot. You will be left with two tails of dough: one sticking out from underneath, and the other sticking out from the top. Bring the underneath tail up and tuck it firmly into the middle of the rosette (make sure it goes all the way through the middle so it stays put while proofing and baking). Tuck the top tail underneath the bun, again making sure it is secured in the middle.

shaping2

Place the shaped rosettes on a silicone or parchment paper-lined baking sheet a few inches apart. Cover loosely (I used a large plastic bag) and let proof several hours (or overnight) at room temperature until puffy. A slight indent should remain when you poke them with your finer. If their tucked-in tails have come loose, just gently press them back into the centre.

proof

Preheat the oven to 375˚F (350˚F convection). Mix together a glaze of the reserved egg white + 1 tbsp water. Brush it gently over the surface of the buns and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated 375˚F (350˚F convection) oven for 20-25 minutes, until a deep golden brown. Cool on a rack before slicing and filling – I recommend pulled pork!

baked

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12 Responses to “Sourdough Rosette Buns”

  1. Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com May 20, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    They look so good Korena and I wish that sandwich was right here because it’s almost lunch time. YUM!!! :)

  2. rise of the sourdough preacher May 20, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Beautiful buns Korena!
    Just look at that dough *_*

  3. matchamochimoo May 20, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    They looks so good to eat!

  4. Chaya May 20, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    I just made my own starter a couple of weeks ago and I was so surprised that it actually worked! I’ve been making the most amazing bread, with a wonderful crumb. It’s really satisfying to make bread that tastes like it’s from a bakery! I want to make sourdough waffles, but don’t have a waffle machine. Maybe I’ll make these next! They look lovely.

  5. frugalfeeding May 21, 2014 at 3:41 am #

    Beautiful as usual. They are gorgeous! Always a fan of sesame seeds with bread too. Just need to get making sourdough myself!

  6. Robyn May 21, 2014 at 3:58 am #

    Your knots are gorgeous and what a yummy sandwich!!

  7. Jenni (@GingeredWhisk) May 21, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    YUM! These look perfect in every way!

  8. rachelhammer May 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Love that knot tying technique– When I first looked at your marvelous product I was like, wow that must be complicated. You make it looks so easy even I could do it! Thanks!

  9. pizzarossa May 22, 2014 at 5:11 am #

    They look gorgeous Korena! I like the shaping – might have to try my hand at that next time!

  10. Agos May 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    They’re so cute! And by the way, the sandwich looks SO good. I love apple coleslaw!

  11. Amanda Embry May 29, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Those look amazing!

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