Sunday, October 27, 2019

Klobasnek (Sausage Rolls)

My local doughnut shop makes what they call kolaches, but I have been reminded by some people of Czech ancestry that anything with a sausage in it is most certainly NOT a kolache.  Regardless of nomenclature, these little sausage rolls are pretty darn delicious, and they make an excellent and easy breakfast.  I decided to make some of my own, because how hard could it be?  If you have a breadmaker: not very difficult at all.

Note: I made this dough in my Zojirushi breadmaker, which I highly recommend.  It makes quick work of the mixing and rising, so these come together super quickly.

Klobasnek (Sausage Rolls)

¾ cup half-and-half
1½ tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon yeast
2¼ cups bread flour
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus additional for forming
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks, divided use
2⅓ tablespoons unsalted butter, plus additional for greasing bowl
1 package Eckrich Smok-y Cheddar breakfast sausages
Everything bagel topping

Warm the half-and-half to 105°F to 115°F, and stir in the sugar until dissolved.  Sprinkle the yeast over the top; stir briefly and set aside.

Combine both flours with the salt.  Set aside.

When milk mixture starts to foam, pour it into the bowl of a stand mixer; add the flour mixture, egg, one egg yolk, and butter, and mix until just combined.  Replace the beater with the dough hook.  Knead at low speed for three to five minutes.

Turn out the dough into a bowl greased with butter. Turn the dough slightly to ensure the butter gets on all of the dough surfaces. Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place free of drafts until doubled, about an hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Punch the dough down and divide into ten equal pieces.  On a lightly floured board,  roll out each piece into a rectangle, about 3 inches long by 2 inches wide, enough to wrap around a sausage.  Wrap each sausage with a piece of dough, pinching the ends together at the bottom.  Place rolls on a baking sheet, very slightly separated.

In a small bowl, beat remaining egg yolk until thin.  Brush the top of each roll with egg yolk, then sprinkle with bagel topping.

Bake the rolls for 15 minutes, or until the tops are browned, and the rolls are puffed up.

Makes 10 servings

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