Rosemary-Potato Focaccia Rolls
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS
- SERVINGS: Makes 12 rolls
Jessamyn Waldman makes her excellent focaccia rolls from a dough she learned while baking at New York City's Restaurant Daniel. When she sells the rolls at farmers' markets, she varies the toppings by season; she uses potato and rosemary in the winter and tomatoes and feta in the summer.
- 1 envelope dry active yeast
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- 4 1/4 cups bread flour
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 pound small red-skinned potatoes, very thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
- In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the yeast with 2 tablespoons of the water and let stand until moistened. Add the flour, 1/3 cup of olive oil, sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt and the remaining water; mix at medium speed until a soft, supple dough forms, 10 minutes. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a draft-free spot for 1 hour.
- Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°. Line 3 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. On one of the sheets, toss the potatoes with the rosemary and 1/2 cup of olive oil and season with salt. Spread the potatoes in a single layer and bake until tender, 15 minutes. Let cool.
- Turn the dough out onto an oiled surface and press to deflate. Cut the dough into 12 pieces and roll into balls; transfer to the remaining 2 baking sheets and brush with the oil used to roast the potatoes. Let stand in a draft-free spot until nearly doubled in bulk, 1 hour. Fan 3 potato slices on the top of each roll and brush with more oil.
- Set a sheet pan in the bottom of the oven and fill with water to create steam. Bake the focaccia rolls for 30 minutes, until golden brown; shift the pans halfway through baking. Transfer the pans to racks and let the rolls cool completely.
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