What exactly is this month’s bake? A very interesting name, isn’t it? Kummelweck Rolls or Buns are of German origin, the literal meaning of the name being “caraway hard rolls”. These rolls have a topping of caraway seeds and a generous sprinkling of coarse sea salt. There was a lot of confusion in the group as to what is the Hindi name of caraway seeds, moving in between shah jeera, cumin and fennel. I decided to top these with my favorite cumin seeds and absolutely loved the flavor. As usual, I halved the recipe and got just what we wanted to have for dinner. I was surprised that the elder kiddo, Rasha who is never fond of my yeasted bakes, had her share with a burger tucked inside and finished it off without a trace! The out was hard but the inside was super soft and we enjoyed the buns warm, as soon as they were out of the oven! Off to the way I made it… Recipe adapted from here
This is how we enjoyed our buns… 🙂
- ¼ cup lukewarm milk
- ¼ cup lukewarm water
- 1¼ tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tbsp honey
- ½ tsp salt
- 1½ cups all purpose flour (approximately)
- Milk to brush
- Caraway seeds and coarse sea salt for topping (I used cumin)
- Combine the lukewarm water, milk and yeast well. Allow to rest till it froths. It took around 10 minutes as it was quite cold that day.
- Add in the oil and honey and give a nice mix. Now add the salt and a cup of all purpose flour and start kneading.
- Use the remaining flour little by little till you get an elastic, non-sticky dough.
- Shape the dough into a ball. Oil the surface of the bowl and place the dough. Cover loosely with a cloth and let rise for an hour, till it doubles in size.
- Deflate the dough - do not knead -, shape into a round and allow it to rise again, covered for 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 4 equally sized balls and shape into buns. Place them on a greased baking pan. Allow them to rest covered for another 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Sprinkle the cumin on top, brush with some milk. Bake for 10 minutes. Pull out the buns, sprinkle some water on the buns.
- Return back to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes at 180 degrees. Take out and give it an oil spray. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy it warm!