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“Yeast Bread Seminar, Pt. XXIV: Soft Rye Flour Rolls—Master Yeast Roll Dough Recipe in Rye Form”

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Chef Vladimir Gdansk

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Sunday, August 14, 2011 by Chef Vladimir Gdansk


 Yeast Bread Seminar, Pt. XXIV: Soft Rye Flour Rolls—Master Yeast Roll Dough Recipe in Rye Form

Bakersfield, CA, 08-14-2011 Su:  This is the last day for me this time around so we are going to make our master bread recipe, a yeast dough that’s pretty much a never-fail one and perhaps the best one that anyone of has.  It is rich dough that has eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and rye flour.  The rye flour is not by itself, however, as it’s a specialty flour which means it requires some whole wheat flour or bread flour to provide the necessary gluten so that it can rise properly.  Generally, it’s combined together at a ratio of 1:5 or one part rye flour to five parts bread flour.  You can read more about this by researching bread books online at Amazon.com or reading some of the earliest posts at the Elemental News of the Day that Stinkbug authored on the subject.  That is one thing we do our best to do here, enlighten and to educate our readership and we do hope that you will become followers and will leave your comments.  Blogs are built upon their readers’ comments, advice, and questions and we are more than happy to answer all questions whenever we can.  We also do our best to provide many great links to interesting sites, whether they be culinary or they be political, we do our best.

The roll dough we are making today is one that most of us have in one form or another as it’s a similar dough.  You will find as time goes by that many doughs tend to resemble one another as they’re all basic; they’re combined together at the same ratios and same adjustments as if done otherwise, will come out wrong or won’t come out at all.  The important thing about baking bread is learning to feel the dough, feeling it imparts a sense of whether or not it’s going to work.  If a dough is going to work, it will feel alive and if it’s not going to work, it will feel dead.  The reason for this is due to the fact that yeasts are millions of living creatures that give off gas—their waste product—which is what we use to make our bread rise.  Without the activity of the yeast organisms, we wouldn’t have beer much less bread!  This is why you need to care for your yeast—particularly fresh cake yeast which is a living organism in the grocery store’s cold case—because if you don’t, it will die and all your work will go down the drain.  Learn as much as you can about baking yeast breads before you get started so you will at least have some idea as to what you’re getting yourself into!


Yield: 1.5 Dozen 1.75-2-ounce rolls:

Warm water

Fresh cake yeast

Tepid milk

Baking chocolate (unsweetened)


Dark molasses

Malt flavoring

Kosher salt

Ground caraway seeds

Vegetable oil

Medium rye flour

Bread flour
Yellow cornmeal

Beaten and strained
Cold water

Whole caraway seed

Melted butter


1.      Using an electric mixer equipped with a dough hook, combine the warm water with the fresh cake yeast and mix.  When mashed into a paste, allow it to sit for several minutes; if bubbles begin to appear, it’s activated and if not, add a little more warm water and mix for another minute or two.  If the kitchen is exceptionally cold, i.e., wintertime, place the bowl someplace warm where it can activate.  Don’t place it someplace HOT!

2.      Have the other ingredients ready and be sure to beat the eggs until frothy and then force through a fine-meshed sieve into a container. Spray a sheet pan with PAM or some such other food release spray, line with a sheet of parchment paper, spray with PAM, and sprinkle with plenty of yellow cornmeal and set aside.  Preheat oven to 300°F for the time-being.

3.      Add the milk, chocolate, egg, molasses, salt, ground caraway seed, and oil to the yeast mixture and blend together well.  Add the rye flour. Then, begin scaling in the bread flour along the sides of the bowl, bit-by-bit, until it’s all used up.

4.      Now, due to the time of the year, the humidity, and the quality of the flour, it may take MORE flour to get to where we want: continue adding flour while mixing on low speed until the dough climbs off the sides of the bowl and onto the dough hook and remains there as it continues to rotate slowly about the bowl. If it pulls back onto the sides of the bowl, continue adding flour until it remains on the hook for about ONE minute—then stop mixing, and scoop the dough out onto a lightly-floured work bench.

5.      Rub your hands with flour and sprinkle more atop the dough and begin to knead it. Knead it firmly until smooth and elastic to the touch—about 4-8 minutes. This is firm dough so you have to knead it briskly but if too firm, knead in a little warm water on your fingertips but don’t go overboard and get it sopping wet.

6.      When it’s somewhat smooth and springy, form it into a ball and place inside a metal bowl or pot that’s about twice the size of the dough ball and flour lightly top, bottom, and sides. Cover with a slightly moist cloth and set it someplace that’s relatively warm and free of drafts so that it can proof. Take care not to shake it or to jiggle the bowl and allow it to double in size, about 40-45 minutes but keep an eye on it. Preheat your standard oven to 400°F (convection oven to 350°F) and place a pot of water over a low flame. Have a couple of fire bricks ready but don’t place atop an open flame—yet.

7.      When the dough has doubled in bulk, punch it down and then using a rolling pin, begin rolling it out on a lightly-floured surface until it’s about an inch thick.  Begin cutting 18 equal-size pieces with a dough knife.  If you have a measuring scale, this will simplify the process but if not, try to keep them as equal as possible.

8.      When you have them, moisten your fingers and using a lightly-floured work surface, begin quickly rolling each one into a ball and press the bottom seam closed.  Place on the sheet pan about 2-inches apart.  If you need two pans, so be it. When you have all of the rolls, cover them with a dry cloth and place somewhere that it’s warm but not overpoweringly hot—like a high kitchen shelf.

9.      Allow the rolls to double in bulk.  In the meantime, heat the bricks to red hot and bring the water to a boil.  Take the second egg and the cold water and whisk together until frothy—force through a fine-meshed sieve into a small bowl and get out a sanitized foodservice paint brush.  When the rolls have almost doubled in bulk, brush liberally with the eggwash mixture and then brush again. 

10. Place a bake dish or a hotel pan in the oven and place the bricks inside.  Pour in the boiling water, taking precautions to avoid the onrushing blast of steam, and allow the oven to humidify for a minute or two.  Then, place the pan with the rolls on it inside and begin to bake.

11. After 3-4 minutes, remove the bricks and water from the oven and keep baking the rolls. Usually, rye flour rolls take about 20-25 minutes as with the oven spring, achieved from the steam, they’re up, ready to explode.  They bake quickly due to the eggs and turn a golden-brown with a darkened top.  The finished product is simply beautiful, these are some of the best rolls one will ever see.

12. When golden-brown, remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.  Brush with melted butter using the brush you used for the eggwash that’s been rinsed out thoroughly so as to remove all vestiges of raw egg from it.  Allow to remain on the pan for another 2-3 minutes and then remove and place directly on the rack or serve right away.

13. You can freeze leftovers but these are best if used as soon as possible. Eat ‘em all up!

This is a basic roll dough that can be used to make everything from fantans to butterhorns, and from cloverleaves to braids.  It is a tender dough that makes a soft bread but with rye flour and ground caraway seed has a completely different feel and taste than if made completely with straight bread flour. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

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Well, this is it for me, now it’s my turn to take some time off.  In the meantime, I insist that you that you learn as much as you can about yeast breads so that you will build your confidence.  I assure you over and over to never fear and read all the books on the subject that are available to you. There are many good books that can be purchased at Amazon.com which makes them reasonably priced so go over there and take a look. Buy a Steve Miller Band album and buy a cookbook! Have a good one, see you next time around.  Tomorrow, V. Vicky Mazarotti will be here doing some Fabulous Bakery Recipes! Bye!    

Thank you!

V. Gdansk

V. Gdansk

Cook IV, CWC, ACF, and the Washington State Chef’s Association

This is me back in the 1980's when I was the Executive Chef at a country club in the Napa Valley. I spent many years working in foodservice, having begun as a young boy working for my father in his restaurant over on the coast in Pismo Beach. Foodservice is in my blood and it's something I still do actively every day in my late eighties.


END Commentary for Sunday, August 14, 2011 by Chef Vladimir Gdansk

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