Thursday, April 12, 2012

Buttermilk Fantails

My family and I love flowers and gardening. Every week, my son and I enjoy going to the market to buy fresh seasonal flowers for our house.

It feels like "gardening" baking these rolls! Watching the bread dough proving is like watching these flowers "growing" in these ramekins. 

Both my husband and my son are very impressed with these rolls. My son was very happy eating these. He was peeling and dismantling every piece of these rolls as he was enjoying every individual piece on its own. I shouldn't say my son is being silly eating these rolls like this because I did the same too! All these peeling of rolls make me feel like we are picking every petal off a flower seeking for an answer of "He loves Me" or "He loves me not"...

Every slice of these is nice and buttery outside and soft and spongy inside. I think our answer is clear..."We loves you, bread"! LOL!

My family and I will be having our holidays in Singapore and South Korea for the next coming 2-3 weeks. We hope to see cherry blossom for our South Korea trip and will return soon after this break. See ya.

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Here's an announcement for the coming Cook like a Star. Based on the voting held in my previous post, 70% votes for Jamie Oliver to be held on July 2012! So, here are the upcoming schedule for Cook like a Star:
buttermilk pull apart bread
rolling and cutting the bread dough
Nicely-stacked doughs that are ready to be placed into the ramekins
Watching my "flowers" grows...

Here's the recipe from Epicurious
(with my notes and modification in blue)

1 stick plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, divided
2 tsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105–115°F)
1 tbsp mild honey or sugar (I used honey)
3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for kneading and dusting
(I use a combination of bread flour and Italian OO flour in the ratio of 1:4)
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk

Butter muffin cups with 1 tbsp melted butter.

Stir together yeast, warm water, and honey in a large bowl and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Mix flour, salt, buttermilk, and 6 tbsp melted butter into yeast mixture with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until a soft dough forms. Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface and knead, dusting surface and your hands with just enough flour to keep dough from sticking, until dough is elastic and smooth, 6 to 8 min. Form dough into a ball.

Put dough in an oiled large bowl and turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let dough rise in a draft- free place at warm room temperature until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hrs.

(Instead of kneading by hand, I've placed all my ingredients into my bread-maker and use "dough" setting to knead and prove the dough for 1 hr. Please note that the butter that I used is not melted, just soften so that the dough will not be too wet.)

Punch down dough (do not knead), then halve. Roll out half of dough on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin into a 12-inch square (about 1/8 inch thick; keep remaining half covered with plastic wrap). Brush dough with 1/2 tbsp butter and cut into 6 equal strips. Stack strips, buttered sides up, and cut crosswise into 6 equal pieces. Turn each piece on a side and put into a muffin cup (or ramekins). Make more rolls with remaining dough in same manner. Separate outer layers of each roll to fan outward. Cover rolls with a kitchen towel (or oiled cling wrap) and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled and dough fills cups, 1 to 1 1/2 hrs (I did mine for 1 1/2 hrs).

Preheat oven to 375°F (or 170°C fan forced) with rack in middle. Bake rolls until golden brown, 20 to 25 min (I baked mine for about 17 min). Brush tops with remaining 2 tbsp butter (I didn't do this), then transfer rolls to a rack and cool at least 20 min.

Note: Using half amount of this recipe, I've made 6 of these flower-looking rolls. 

Happy Baking

59 comments:

  1. What a genius idea! I love how you've combined gardening and baking in one. I've always wanted to see cherry blossoms - I hope you will share some pictures with us. Have a fantastic trip, see you when you get back :)

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  2. These rolls sound amazing! Anything that is baked and peels apart... fantastic. So beautiful!

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  3. Zoe, have a great holidays! I'm going to miss you & your cookings!

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  4. I don't know what this is but I have a feeling that it's delicious!

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  5. Wish you have a nice holiday at Singapore and South Korea

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  6. Hmmm...just had my breakfast and I still want more... Looks so tempting! Slurpppp....
    Enjoy your day, dear.
    Kristy

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  7. Don't forget to share the cherry blossom when you have back from South Korea holiday.

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  8. wanna taste them :-) I am sure it is very delicious too

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  9. I will also tear one by one to eat it. haha. so you can imagine the way i eat the kueh lapis (9 layer kueh). hehe...

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  10. Those are great looking rolls, they look delicious.

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  11. Hi Zoe, lovely fantails and very well baked. I like the picture with the little flowers, very pretty presentation.

    Have a nice day.

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  12. What a fantastic blog you have here! Great post, I love those rolls! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  13. These "flower" rolls looks very soft and spongy! Great with a cup of coffee! Enjoy your holidays, see you soon!

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  14. Great presentation Zoe! Would love to try them out.
    Have a wonderful vacation dear.

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  15. Wow, what gorgeous bread! I'm obsessed with making bread, especially seeing it rise and get all puffy. And then when it comes out of the oven smelling amazing! I can just imagine how fabulous these were! I would definitely eat way too much :) Beautiful recipe, I love the idea of stacking little pieces of bread to create personal-sized servings!

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  16. Hi Zoe!
    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. Your blog is lovely and this recipe sounds yummy.
    Of course you are welcome to my giveaway. :)
    Have a wonderful day. xx

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  17. Very creative , Zoe ! Put some ham or cheese between pieces next time ! hahahaha

    Have a safe trip and enjoy !

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  18. I've never seen this before, looks so cute and original.

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  19. I never thought equating baking with gardening but now that you say it, it's true - until now, I still get a kick from seeing bread proof and rise :) And wow - Korea!! Enjoy your trip and can't wait to see your updates when you're back!

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  20. These rolls do have a very eye catching look to them. Just the thought of the butter baked in between each piece of the fans has created a craving. I will need to make these-yum!
    Enjoy your travels. When I was real little I used to live in Japan and one thing I never forgot was those awesome cherry blossom trees!

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  21. Looks damn cute and elegant..

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  22. These fantails look like so much fun! I will have to give them a try. Enjoy your visit to Singapore and Korea :)

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  23. this looks something like the pull apart. i like that you call them flowers. happy holidays!

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  24. Wonderful! Have a great vacation ahead!

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  25. I also like to tear one by one to eat :)
    Happy Holiday!!!

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  26. I have yet to try this technique. Looks so fun! Enjoy your trip, Zoe! xoxo

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  27. So many nooks and crannies for butter!

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  28. I do that too if food comes in layers.. that's the fun part of eating layered stuff.

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  29. Have a beautiful vacation Zoe and come back with fresh and new ideas! The rolls look irresistible!

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  30. Wow! Looks haevenly these buttermilk bread! YUM! Have a great vacation Zoe! :)

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  31. What a way to eat this bread! Have a safe and happy trip! I haven't been to Korea for so many years, I really miss their different variety of preserved vegetables and herbal soup.

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  32. Hi Zoe! These rolls look so yummy. I love how you compared them to flower petals. I love flaky rolls that you can peel apart as it just makes eating them more fun. I'm looking to take a pastry chef series in the Fall so I will finally feel confident to make all these wonderful yeast breads you have made.

    Have a wonderful vacation!

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  33. What a great idea!I love these"flowers"!Hugs from Greece,dear!

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  34. Have a great vacation! these look awesome!

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  35. SOOOOOOO delicious - I'm not surprised your son was happy eating these - I would be too!
    Mary x

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  36. Oh, these look amazing, Zoe!!! I've made a pull apart loaf, but I love your idea even more!!! Yum, yum! Have a great weekend!

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  37. Ingenious, Zoe. what pretty flowery dough! And lovely texture too!

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  38. I love these pull apart bread, so creative to put them into ramekins, so pretty! Happy vacationing to you:)

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  39. I haven't seen anything like this before. Interesting and very nicely made! Happy Holidays, hope you have a great family time :)

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  40. I love buttermilk, and I always have leftovers from making farmers' cheese :-). It's great to have one more recipe where I can use it :-). Sounds delish and the photos look beautiful! And have a great trip!

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  41. The fantails look really pretty! Have a safe and fun trip! I've nominated an award for you! Hope you like it!

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  42. I am so impressed; I have to tell you I have never seen anything like this; looks wonderful. Hope you are enjoying your holiday and the cherry blossom.
    Rita

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  43. Oh you are coming to Sg? Have loads of yummy food and shopping while u are here! Love the layering, feel like reaching in to peel off one layer, hahaha!

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  44. These look awesome! I hope your vaction and cherry blossoms are wonderful!

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  45. Wow Zoe, I love how you prepared this bread...so cute and easy to eat. Love the step-by-step pictures. I'll try this next time baking bread :)
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  46. wow yummy.........

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  47. My family will love these too! I like that you used your bread machine's dough cycle...that's what I do. This is fun to watch and fun to eat...what could be better?!! Have a great trip!

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  48. Lovely presentation! You made it much more delightful to eat!

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  49. these always intrigue me, you've made them look very pretty indeed.

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  50. Oh Zoe, I would just love to pull these apart and taste the buttery goodness!

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  51. These Buttermilk Fantails looks so interesting.
    I like what you call it flowers..nice~
    I would like to try this in future.
    Happy Holidays and I hope too you can see the Cherry Blossom..^^

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  52. These are so interesting. Simple and delicious. This is a very inventive. Nice blog!

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  53. Hi, if I using instant yeast, is it same amount?
    Thank you

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  55. what a lovely idea! perfect for a neat presentation, thanks a lot for sharing

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  56. Great idea! These look so beautiful!!

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