This is another kid-favorite rolls, they like these more than they do ensaymada, although I made both using the same dough (see my posts on Ensaymada).
(Update on 3/17/2012: I also brought several pieces to work and all my co-workers at the time liked these spanish breads/rolls. Well, the non-diabetics and those not gluten-sensitive ones, that is.)
RECIPE: I used the BM ensaymada recipe for the dough. If you have a bread machine, make sure you use the recipe that your BM bucket can accommodate. Check your BM manual for instructions. Mine says to place room temp liquid ingredients first then the dry ingredients, then run on dough cycle. Once the dough cycle is over, proceed to the instructions below for making the spanish bread.
Ingredients (3-lb dough):
1 cup milk
3/4 cup water
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 tsp salt
6-3/4 cups bread flour (plus some more; see note above)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp BM yeast
(2-lb dough) - [This yielded 9 ensaymadas and 12 pcs spanish bread]
2/3 c milk
1/2 c water
2 egg yolks
6 tbsp butter
1-1/2 tsp salt
4-1/2 c bread flour
1/2 c sugar
1-1/2 tsp BM yeast
For the filling of butter-sugar mixture (approximate): 1 stick of softened butter (1/4 lb) + 1 cup white sugar + 1/2 c light brown sugar. Adding 1/4 cup breadcrumbs to this mixture somehow aids in keeping them inside the rolls and minimizing the oozing when they melt. Alternatively, you can just use plain white sugar and butter (the consistency should be like wet sand if you don't want to add breadcrumbs). Optional: Add shredded cheese.
Prepare the dough. Divide into portions the size of a golf ball (about 2 oz if you want to be OC). Mix sugar and softened butter plus brown sugar and a little bit of breadcrumbs (to help hold them together).
|Flatten each piece. My filling here is just sugar and butter.|
Flatten each piece with a rolling pin as shown above. Go ahead, don't be afraid...Start from the middle outward up and down, especially adding pressure at the ends so they stick to the table/countertop. That way, they don't roll back or spring up.
|Optional shredded cheese|
|Roll tightly (this photo was taken from my old set of photos)|
|Roll in breadcrumbs, Yes, I was OC and used a scale for each dough piece.|
|Place on baking pan SEAM SIDE DOWN|
|I like them brown, not mestiza|
Bake at 475 ºF for 10 minutes then lower the temp to 350 and continue baking until golden brown. (If you have too much for one-time serving and want to reheat these in the future, bake only for about 10 minutes initially, so when you reheat they won't look burnt. I reheat 2-3 pieces for merienda in an oven toaster at 350 deg F for about 3 minutes or so.).
(If you want them really mestisahin, bake at 325ºF for 15 to 20 minutes.)
You may want to let these stay on the pan for a while so that their bottoms soak up the melted caramel until the caramel solidifies into sort of candy. Then transfer to the cooling rack to cool completely before you store in ziploc bags.
STORING: When you cannot eat all freshly baked spanish bread, after cooling in the wire rack for about 30 minutes, they should be warm (not hot) or almost room temp. That is the perfect timing to place them in ziploc bags and close. Observe after several minutes if they sweat. If they do, open the bag and let the excess moisture evaporate some more, wipe the sweat inside the bag with paper towel. Whey they do not sweat anymore, close bag tightly. When done at the right timing, your spanish bread will remain soft for 3 days without having to reheat them. But then, I myself prefer heating them up in oven toaster for about 3 minutes. And these do not last more than 3 days (or even a day!) for my family.