It all starts with a corn soaker. What’s a soaker you ask? It’s exactly that! The action of soaking a seed, grain, or flour for 8 hours or overnight, in order to soften the texture, making it easier for the final dough to accept this incorporation. A simple cornmeal and hot milk mix are what make up this soaker, and the final rolls shine with sweet corn flavor. You can use fresh or frozen corn in this recipe, and I can’t wait for the local Morning Glory Farm corn to pop up so I can make this recipe again with their sweet, sweet corn!
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Serrano Corn Rolls
- 5.3 ounces Cornmeal coarse ground
- 22.7 ounces whole milk
- 28 ounces corn soaker
- 2.2 ounces honey
- 1.3 ounces vegetable oil
- 0.5 ounces malt syrup
- 16.1 ounces bread flour
- 4 ounces corn flour
- 0.1 ounces yeast instant dry
- 4 ounces corn fresh or frozen
- 1 ounce 1 small pepper, Serrano Pepper, chopped
- 0.7 ounces salt
- Egg wash kosher salt, cornmeal
To make corn soaker:
- put cornmeal in bowl of mixer. Bring ½ of the milk to a rolling boil and add to cornmeal. Let sit in mixture for two minutes, and with a paddle, mix for 3 minutes on high speed. Lower speed and add the rest of the milk, making sure to scrape bowl. Cover soaker and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 8 hours.
To make dough:
- place corn soaker in warm water bath to bring to around 85F. In mixer fitted with dough hook, place corn soaker and add honey, oil, and malt. Mix for 1 minute. Add all but 1 ounce of the flour (save this flour if dough needs it or is TOO tacky), as well as all the corn flour and yeast. Lastly, add salt. Mix for 6 minutes on low speed, increase to medium speed for 4 minutes more. Dough should be slightly tacky but have good gluten development. Place in lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rest and ferment in a warm place for 45-60 minutes.
- Put dough on lightly floured surface and divide into 2 ounce pieces. Round the dough against tabletop and place them seam-side down on oiled baking sheet. Brush with egg wash and cover with plastic wrap. Ferment for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Preheat oven to 450F. Egg wash rolls again, sprinkle with salt and then cornmeal.
- Transfer rolls to the oven and immediately reduce temperature to 425F. Bake for 15 minutes, rotating trays halfway. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking pan.
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