Tuesday, 27 May 2014

There’s not mushroom in ere….

 So it’s almost June and I’m at home on a very wet and grey day…it’s so cold in fact I am more than a little bit tempted to wack the heating on. Good old Blighty eh, we had a scorching hot March and an arctic end of May….way to regulate the heating bills. So in an attempt to keep warm without taking the easy option I decided to embark on a spot of baking old chum, I was hoping it might lift my weather imposed grey mood too… well fingers crossed anyway.

I had rather a lot of mushrooms leftover from a recent freelance job I’d just finished and my sourdough starter was more than overdue a use. Mushrooms and bread…I certainly wasn’t feeling very inspired so far. Hmmmm. Still nothing. Maybe I could just put the heating on for a bit after all….

When suddenly out of nowhere (I Google imaged ‘mushrooms and bread’) I came up with this interesting idea…..all by myself. How creative I am. There was amazing looking cheesy, mushroom pull apart bread that sounded incredible but was made using a bought loaf so I figured I could combine those ingredients into the bread itself and it would be even more delicious. I had visions of me eating it with a steaming bowl of homemade soup for the next few days. So I began concocting my recipe.

I started with basic-ish dough; I used half the amount of yeast and added some of my starter along with some honey and low fat yogurt because, well basically, they were leftover too. This would be a bun made from the remnants of my last job and emptish fridge, much better than going to the job Centre I imagined. A good way to clear out the fridge, keep warm and begin the week again. Just call me Miss.Thrifty. On closer inspection the mushrooms were, shall we say, past their best. Meaning they were covered in mould and slime, delish. So I axed them and instead sweated some shallots, garlic, rosemary, thyme and bacon. I added some finely chopped Gruyere and parsley to the mix and hey presto my bacon and cheese buns were done. I was warm. The house smelled like freshly baked bread and bacon. I think we can all agree I’d great result all round.

Here’s the recipe, you could fill yours with whatever you like best, or whatever you have left over but this combination is a good one. I reckon they’d be all right with mushrooms too ;-)

P.s. These would make AWESOME burger buns. AWESOME.

Bacon & Gruyere rolls
Makes 8

450g very strong flour
8g salt
15g fresh yeast
30g honey
120g low fat natural yogurt
about 200ml cold water
4 rashers smoked bacon
2 long shallots
10g fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 sprig rosemary, chopped
1 sprig thyme, chopped

1 Make the dough. Put the flour and salt in the bowl of a food mixer with a dough hook fitted. Mix the yeast, honey and starter in a jug. You need a jug so you can measure the amount of water in a bit. Put the motor on and add the yeasty mix, then fill the jug up to 250ml, stir to incorporate any residual yeast mixture . Add the water little by little until you have soft but not sticky dough. Knead for 12 minutes on a slow speed. Oil a bowl and leave to rise for about 3 hours, until doubled in size.

2 Meanwhile chop the bacon and cook in a non-stick pan until crispy, add the shallots, rosemary, thyme and garlic and cook for 5 mins more, until softened and caramalised. Allow to cool a little.

3 Butter or oil 8 empty small baked bean or spaghetti hoop cans or holes of a muffin tin. When the dough has doubled in size divide into 8 equal sized pieces. Flatten each one out slightly and spoon some bacon and cheese into the center. Bring the edges of the dough into the middle so that the filling is encased. Smooth out with your hands until you have smooth, pert buns J.

3 Pop into the greased tins, cover with lightly oiled cling film, rise again until doubled, let’s call it an hour. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Bake for 18-20 mins until risen and golden. Cool I n the tins then run a knife around the edges to release the buns. Eat with soup or however you wish.

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