The dear son has arrived on summer holidays and it’s a Bakathon (Baking Marathon) of sorts in my kitchen once again. A fussy eater as a child, he is now happy to sample a variety of cuisine, breads and bakes from my kitchen. I had baked up these easy and fool-proof Buttermilk Cluster rolls a couple of days ago.
These work great as an accompaniment with Dinner or can be served by at breakfast as well. I’ve used up some Za’atar that I had around but you could use any other topping of your choice. Sesame, Onion and sunflower seeds do equally well for this recipe.
Za’atar (zaatar) is a mixture of sumac, sesame seed and herbs frequently used in the Middle East and Mediterranean areas.
It is often mixed with olive oil and spread on bread; sometimes this is done at the table, other times the mix is spread on the bread rounds which are then baked. Za’atar also serves as a seasoning to sprinkle on vegetables, salads, meatballs or kebabs.
Trust me these warm rolls out of the oven are quite a show stopper and delicious in every bite.
Go ahead and bake some up today!
Zaatar &Buttermilk Cluster
Makes about 16 rolls:
I’ve halved the following recipe and made about 8 rolls:
- 750 gram All Purpose flour
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
- 3 tablespoons warm water
- 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons Zaatar (for sprinkling on top)
1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water
- Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the warm water and yeast in a small cup and allow to proof for 10 minutes.
- Pour the yeast, buttermilk, and honey into the flour mixture and mix well. If the dough is so dry that some of the flour won’t stick, add a bit more buttermilk or water.
- Knead by hand for approximately 10 minutes. Return the dough to the bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp cloth, and keep it aside to rise until the dough has doubled in size, about 90 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Shape each piece into a neat ball and place in a round dish or spring-form pan close together.
- When all of the rolls are in the pan, cover again with plastic or a damp towel and set aside to rise again for 45 minutes to an hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220 C.
- Uncover the rolls and brush gently with eggs wash and then sprinkle with Zaatar powder.
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until the rolls are firm and spring back when tapped.