Earlier this week as I was catching up on some blog reading, I came across the most wonderful looking bread. I first happened to see it over at Joanna's blog, Zeb Bakes and then at Celia's Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. It was a recipe for Dan Lepard's Semolina BBQ Buns.
Having enjoyed a sprinkling of recipes from his book, The Handmade Loaf and liking his style, I was keen to give them a go... plus they just looked sooo good! When barbecuing at home, I have never gone to the trouble of making buns for our burgers. BUT! All this could change now! The bread was very light and fluffy with a hint of sweetness from the honey and I really liked the addition of some homemade yoghurt to the dough . Plus it is a yeasted bread (by that I mean commercial yeast..not a natural leaven/sourdough), which is what I have been finding myself baking lately. If I could make a batch of these buns up for the freezer for a spontaneous bbq night, I will be a happy person indeed.
The recipe is here.
There were also some brief notes on the scoring of the bread and I tried to follow these as best I could. The buns were baked in one big 'slab', and scored with a butter knife, in a 'down and up' motion. I think however, I got slightly carried away with my knife manoeuvres as the bread decided it would like to split along each 'score' as well as each bun division. Oh, well, I'll know not to be quite so heavy handed next time. Oiling the knife between scores also helped, as the dough was quite sticky.
The energetic scoring didn't seem to pose any problems when it came to eating the buns....they all disappeared in lightening speed, enclosing a filling of chicken schnitzel, rocket, mayo and cheese. Although I have to say, I really like the sound of Joanna's chilli and fennel sausages that she enjoyed hers with, and Celia's baked burger to go with her buns looks absolutely drool-worthy.
My girls also had a great time pulling each square apart and figuring out who might be small enough to eat such a tiny, individual loaf! Aaah! There's no changing the ways of children looking for fun when eating food!