Cajun French Quarter Rolls

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

Warm, soft and spicy rolls to go along with your favorite soup.  These delicious whole grain rolls are the perfect accompaniment to any meal. 

Cajun French Quarter Rolls

I love to bake bread.  There’s something about kneading dough by hand and then watching it patiently to grow and come alive.  It amazes me every time.  I know so many people are afraid of yeast breads, but I’ve found there are a few things you can do to guarantee that your bread will turn out alright.  Of course there is a lot more to making good bread but these are just a few small tips that made a big difference for me, I hope they help you too. The first is, if you’re kneading by hand, keep kneading.  I’ve heard of over kneading bread, but I’ve never experienced it, and I kind of think it’s a product of machines kneading bread for us.   I doubt your arms will let you over knead.  You want to knead till you can look at the underside of your bread and not see little rips and tears in the gluten.  The underside should be really smooth. Second, is wait.  My kitchen seems to be a lot colder than the kitchens of most bread baking cookbook writers.  Don’t assume your bread is done rising at 2 hours because that’s what the book says.  You need to poke it about an inch into the dough and if it springs back just leave it be. The hole should very slowly fill in, or not fill in at all.  This means your bread has doubled(or for some recipes even tripled). Third, don’t rush your dough.  I made the mistake many times of putting my dough in a very warm place to rise to rush it along.  And it never tastes as good.  Patience leads to much better tasting bread.  I’m just a beginner and hopefully I’ll have more tips to share as I learn.

 

Cajun French Quarter Rolls

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Cajun French Quarter Rolls
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Side
Ingredients
Sponge:
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
Dough:
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4-3 1/2 cups bread flour
Cajun Spice Mixture:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic powder, onion powder, sweet paprika, black pepper and cayenne or red chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon thyme and oregano
  • pinch of allspice and mace
Instructions
  1. Mix the sponge and let stand 4-6 hours or up to one day in the fridge. Add salt and 1/2 cup of flour to the sponge and mix well and then proceed to mix in 1/2 cup of flour at a time till a dough forms.  Turn out and knead till smooth and elastic not adding too much flour.

  2. Add salt and 1/2 cup of flour to the sponge and mix well and then proceed to mix in 1/2 cup of flour at a time till a dough forms.  Turn out and knead till smooth and elastic not adding too much flour. 

  3. Let rise two hours, or till tripled. Meanwhile, mix together the spice mixture.  I only used a pinch of cayenne and it was a nice heat.  If you know how hot your spices are you can adjust to your liking.

  4. Sprinkle your work surface with one tablespoon of the mixture and turn out the dough.  Pat it into a 10"x18" rectangle and sprinkle with one tablespoon more of the spice mixture.  Fold the two long edges into the center to meet and sprinkle the remaining spice over it.  Fold in half lengthwise and punch the seems together I roll out the log to 30" long.  Cut in half and then cut each piece into 3" sections to make 5 rolls.  Set 10 rolls on a greased sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.

  5. Let rise 30 minutes or till doubled. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 

  6. Slash each roll in 1-2 places, 1/4" deep or less.  Bake 20-25 minutes till golden.  Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

I like to put a pan of water in the bottom to create a steamy oven.  I also spritz the rolls with water before I put them in the oven, and then once every couple minutes for the first 5 or so.  This helps them grow and helps the crust become nice a chewy.

Cajun French Quarter Rolls

 

Cajun French Quarter Rolls

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1 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama March 2, 2011 at

The Cajun spices make this so interesting! Thanks for the great tips. I’m new to the bread-making world and find it intimidating, but want to get better!

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2 fooddoodles March 2, 2011 at

It is very intimidating but the best way is to just jump in and learn as you go. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and a lot of the time they still taste good even if they don’t look pretty 😀

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3 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather March 3, 2011 at

Wow those are beautiful! I love baking too, but haven’t made anything that pretty yet. I’m bookmarking this recipe, thanks for sharing!

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4 fooddoodles March 3, 2011 at

Thank you! 😀

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5 Lauren March 19, 2011 at

These rolls are so pretty, I love the swirl of cajun spices! I’m taking baby steps with bread. I’ve been using the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day method. Soon I’ll launch off into other methods again! I’ll keep this recipe in mind.

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6 Heidi @ Food Doodles March 20, 2011 at

I’ve been wanting to try that method actually 🙂 I’ve found the best way to learn especially with bread making is to just jump in. You’ll make mistakes but it gets easier fast 🙂

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