Barley-Malt Pull-Apart Rolls
Having been sectioned with a knife, these puffy, golden rolls pull away from one another with a soft tug. The burnt-sugar flavor of barley-malt syrup makes these dinner rolls yeasty-sweet.
- Total Time:
- Servings: 12
Photography: Martyn Thompson
Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2015
- 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (from 1 envelope)
- 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons barley-malt syrup (available at natural-food stores)
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 2/3 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted and allowed to cool, plus more for brushing
- Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, for sprinkling
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large bowl. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 2 teaspoons malt syrup until smooth. Stir in flour, coarse salt, buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons butter until combined. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Knead, dusting hands and surface with more flour as needed, until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Shape into a ball.
Transfer dough to a large bowl brushed with butter, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Punch down dough. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish brushed with butter, pressing to flatten evenly in bottom. Lightly dust with flour. Using a sharp knife, score dough almost to bottom of pan from corner to corner diagonally in an X, then score strips of dough diagonally in one direction in 2-inch intervals. Score in other direction to create 2-inch diamonds. Cover and let rise again until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
Whisk together remaining 1 tablespoon each malt syrup and butter in a small bowl; brush over top of dough. Bake until puffed and golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. (If tops are browning too quickly, tent with foil.) Sprinkle with flaky salt. Serve warm.