That’s right–Brolls. This is a fantastic concept that makes it possible to enjoy a yeasted-type roll for dinner in just 30 minutes, start-to-finish. The name “brolls” is derived from the fact that we use a little baking powder to help the yeast along. This creates a soft, dense roll that is perfect with butter and jam. Do you have 10 minutes to spare? Then you have no NEED to KNEAD! Just use those 10 minutes to let the brolls rest on the counter before sliding them into the oven. Fifteen minutes later, you will have four small, perfect, golden accompaniments to any soup, salad, or entree.
Please don’t let working with yeast scare you. This is only a half-yeast recipe anyway, and it wants to be made. It will help you along! Even if you have tried and failed with yeast recipes before, this is a restore-your-yeast-using-confidence experience that will put you back on track.
To help things go smoothly, you do need an instant-read kitchen thermometer. The one I use is a little on the pricey side, but I pretty much swear by it. You can use any good digital kitchen thermometer.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a 6-inch cake pan with parchment or silicone, and cooking spray or butter. See this post for details.
In a microwave-safe, medium bowl, combine sugar and water. Microwave for 15-30 seconds, then take the water temperature. It needs to be between 105°-115°F. I’m not kidding! If it is too hot, swirl it around until it looses heat. If it’s too cold, zap it for 10 more seconds. When you have the correct water temperature, add the yeast. We are using “Active Dry.” (I have not tested with any other kind of yeast.) Sprinkle it over the surface of the water, and swirl the bowl gently just to make sure all the yeast gets wet.
Almost immediately, it will start to puff or foam. Just let it sit there for five more minutes. It will continue to puff and foam. If this doesn’t happen, throw it out and start again. Don’t get discouraged. Just get past this first part, and it will be smooth sailin’. After five minutes, it will look like this:
Now stir in the egg yolk and the melted butter. Then add the dry ingredients, all at once, and stir to combine.
The dough will be really wet. You want this! It’s part of the ease of this recipe.
Now, use a large tablespoon to scoop up four equal portions and place them in the prepared 6-inch cake pan, like so:
Cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set the timer for 10 minutes, allowing the dough to rest. Don’t skip this step. After 10 minutes, the yeast will have begun to work, and the brolls will look like this:
Now, slide them into the oven, and bake for 15-18 minutes, until the tops are just starting to become golden. Remove from the oven and enjoy hot, with butter and your favorite jam.
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