Friday, September 12, 2008

A Katie's Ladies Classic

My formative baking years were spent at a little cafe in my hometown called Katie's Cafe. It was there that I gained a great comfort in the kitchen. Daily tasks included making mass quantities of cookie dough (a double-triple sugar dough recipe included 18 eggs and 18 cups of flour!), cinnamon rolls, scones, herb rolls (enough for the restaurant to use for the day to accompany soups, salads, and sandwiches), all created from scratch and by hand...and I mean literally, by hand. No mixer, just us Katie's ladies armed with spatulas. I quickly learned to multi task, make snap decisions on the go, and not even stop to flinch when a renegade hot tray would sear my arm. It's amazing that part of me, deep down, can actually miss those days...

On the mornings I was the breadmaker, I also had to conserve a portion of my dough to make pepperoni rolls, filled with pepperoni, mozzarella, green peppers and onions, all tightly packaged together. Absolutely delicious and something I can whip up without a second thought. Well...these days I have second thoughts. Pepperoni rolls, if you can believe it, aren't exactly the healthiest options. Since Steve and I make whole wheat pizza almost once a week, why not whole wheat pizza rolls with homemade marinara on the side? Voila! An update on an old favorite to fit with a new lifestyle.

Whole Wheat Pizza Rolls
Recipe by Lazy Susin
1 cup whole wheat flour
1- 2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 package rapid-rise yeast
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup 100 deg. water
fillings for pizza rolls (we use chicken sausage, part skim mozzarella, green peppers, onions, mushrooms)
Add 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup all purpose flour, salt and sugar to large mixing bowl. Mix together.
Add yeast to warm water, stir with a fork and let yeast proof. Add yeast mixture, honey, and olive oil to dry ingredients. Either mix by hand (with hands or spatula) or using stand mixture with dough hook. If sticky add 1/2-1 cup whole wheat flour as needed. If mixing by hand knead lightly on a floured surface. If using dough hook, dough is ready when it comes away from the side of the mixing bowl.
Cover with a dishtowel in a warm spot and let rise for 45 minutes-hour in a bowl lightly greased with olive oil. (If making up a day ahead of time do not allow dough to rise. Place dough into a well-oiled Ziploc bag and place in fridge, let rise for 1 hour before ready to use.)
Whichever method you are doing, after about an hour of rising time the dough is ready to go.
Roll dough on a lightly floured surface until almost as thin as you can make it without holes forming in the dough. Using a small knife, divide the dough into equal squares.
Place toppings in the center of each square of dough. Gather up all of the edges and gently squeeze them all together to seal the edges. This is an acquired skill - if you gather it too tightly, the roll will burst in the oven and all of the cheese will ooze out. You have to make it tight enough to keep everything in, but not make it overly tight.
Place the rolls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and let rise for 15-20 minutes before placing in a 400 degree oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown.
Let cool slightly and enjoy with marinara dipping sauce.
Makes 4-6 pizza rolls, varying by size.

1 comment:

diva said...

oh i really envy you. i wish i had gotten more experience at a proper bakehouse. i've only worked at a cake boutique (weird i know. tht's what they call it, them posh arses) and did not get to bake at all - except assemble cakes and pretty 'em up for fussy customers. mostly, my work was like customer service and dealing WAY too much with customers face to face or on the phone.

these pizza rolls look good..prob better than pizza or calzone ;) x