Sourdough Everything Bagel Rolls or Buns
These little rolls or buns are dense like a bagel but still soft and easy to eat. They are dusted with "everything bagel" seasoning. The buns are great for breakfast, with soup or a salad for lunch, and alongside dinner. My intention, as I pulled them together, was to come up with a roll or bun that would be at home on a Thanksgiving table. I think the buns would. They are savory, simple, and just different enough to be special. The little buns also are easy to make. To shape the buns, you roll them. In fact, if you get bored during that zoom meeting....
Sourdough Everything Bagel Rolls or Buns -- Makes 12+
1 cup of sourdough starter/discard
1 large egg
1/4 cup of canola oil
2 tablespoons of non-fat dried milk powder
1 tablespoon of honey
1 cup of whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons of everything bagel seasoning blend, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 - 1 cup of all-purpose flour
In a large bowl, combine the starter/discard, egg, oil, milk powder, whole-wheat flour and honey and mix them well. Loosely cover the bowl and let the mixture sit for at least an hour. Add the bagel seasoning, salt, and 1/2 cup of the all-purpose flour. Mix/knead the mixture for about five minutes, adding a little more flour, if necessary. You may not need the additional 1/2 cup of flour. With your hands, tear off golf ball-sized pieces of dough and roll them into little balls. You don't have to have perfect balls, here, just get the job done. Rustic is fine by me. Place the dough balls on a sheet of baking parchment on a baking sheet and press them down a little to keep them from rolling (you don't want them on the floor of the oven) and to create a surface to hold the bagel seasoning. Spritz the balls with non-stick cooking spray, then sprinkle each dough ball with a little of the bagel seasoning. Spritz the balls again with non-stick cooking spray, loosely cover them, and let them sit for one to three hours, depending on the temperature of your kitchen. The dough balls will not rise much, so don't worry. Just a bit--about 25 percent--is fine. When you're ready to bake the rolls/buns, set the oven to 375 degrees and bake the rolls/buns for about 15 minutes or until they're just starting to brown. Let the rolls/buns cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before removing them to cool completely or eating them warm, slathered with butter.