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(Experiment 67) Rohliky

Rohliky are a popular type of bread all across Europe and carry multiple different names, Rohliky are Czech . They are typically rolled into a crescent shape and garnished with a different kinds of spices.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You need (makes 6-7 pieces of bread)

  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 3g instant dried yeast
  • 25g butter (room temperature)
  • 5g salt
  • 135g lukewarm water ( 85-90F)

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer bowl, whisk the yeast and water together and let it bloom for 5 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients and knead on medium speed for 6-7 minutes. The dough should not be sticky and be very soft.
  2. Place the dough on your work surface and form into a ball, put it back into the stand mixer bowl, cover with plastic film and let it rest about 50 minutes; the dough ball should roughly double in size. I like to give it a warm environment for the rest period. A nice tip is to power on your oven for 30-40 seconds or so and stops it, then you put the bowl in and close the door. The oven should be just slightly warm, not hot.
  3. Get the dough back on your countertop and make 6-7 pieces. The easy way to do this is to chop it in half, chop the half in half and so on. Shape each piece into a ball, cover with a clean dishcloth and let them rest for 15 minutes.
  4. It’s now time to shape the dough, using a rolling pin to flatten the dough. To do the traditional Czech shape, you will want to press it down forming somewhat of a triangle. Then start rolling the large end toward itself. It should look somewhat like a straight croissant. Roll it again a few times, pressing gently so it all sticks together ( about 6″ long ). Repeat for all pieces of dough.
  5. You can bake the whole batch at once on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Place the doughs in the baking sheet ( make sure to space them as much as possible) cover with the dishcloth and let them rest for 30 minutes.
  6. While waiting, pre-heat your oven to 450F.
  7. Before putting them in the oven, you can optionally spray water on the dough and put spices ( poppy/caraway/sesame seeds, salt etc)
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes. You can give a few sprays in your oven at the beginning to create some steam, this helps give a nicer colour ( water dissolves the sugar on the surface, whatever sugar is left will give a nice caramelization).
  9. Transfer to a cooling tray

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