Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Wilma Duffy's cornmeal buns

(makes 2 ½ dozen)
4 cups water
2 tsp salt
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (reduced by ½ from original recipe)
1tbs active dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water
1 tbs sugar
approx. 7-8 cups flour
In a medium pot over medium-high heat, bring 4 cups of water, salt and cornmeal to a boil, whisking constantly. Once the mixture boils, reduce the heat to medium-low and continue whisking vigorously for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup sugar and butter until melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
Dissolve yeast in 1/3 cup warm water and 1 tbs sugar. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to proof. Once the yeast has bubbled, stir into cooled cornmeal mixture. Transfer to a very large mixing bowl. Using a stiff wooden spoon, stir in flour until mixtures begins to come together. Turn out onto a lightly-floured surface and knead several minutes to form a soft, elastic dough. Return to a clean, very large, oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place for 1 ½-2 hours, or until doubled. Punch down and knead a few times on a floured surface. Form dough into 2 ½ oz buns, place on Silpat-lined baking sheets. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled. Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes, until lightly-browned on top.


Anonymous said...

Just wondering if you have tried adapting this recipe to the bread machine - is it possible?

darcie said...

Ha! You caught me working on the site.

Yes, according to my stepmom, the recipe works brilliantly in the breadmaker. But not the whole recipe or you'll have dough climbing out onto your kitchen counter when the yeast rises.

So first, halve the recipe. Prepare the cornmeal mixture (water, salt, cornmeal, sugar and butter) on the stove according to the recipe directions. Let it cool, then add it to the bottom of your breadmaker bowl. After that, add the remaining ingredients (second amount of water, yeast, second amount of sugar and flour on top). Program for the "dough" setting. That should be it!

Anonymous said...

Just checked back to see if there was an answer, hadn't expected that one would have been posted within minutes of my posting. Thanks so much - I will give them a try