Weaponized Snacking

So I did a thing where I took a simple recipe and adapted it with a few changes and… aw hell.

I have been teaching myself to bake. First it was biscuits, then it was Focaccia, and now it’s this weird West Virginian thing called a “Pepperoni Roll.” I’m goaded into it by That Girl I Know, so blame her. It’s comin’ on the Holidays, and as the newly minted baker in the Taggart family it’s up to me to keep the table supplied with tasty shiznit. So today being a day off for me, I decided to do some experimentation.

This recipe is dangerous.

West Virginia Sweet-milk Pepperoni Rolls

  • * 700g Bread Flour
  • * 490g Whole Milk
  • * 70g White Sugar
  • * 70g Butter @ room temperature
  • * 14g Kosher Salt
  • * 7g Active Dry Yeast
  • * Cheese and Pepperoni to taste

1. Mix your flour, salt, butter, and sugar into a mixing bowl. If you don’t have a standing mixer, now is a good time to consider your direction in life, pony up, and buy a damn Kitchen-aid. Start by using the paddle attachment.

2. Heat your milk to anywhere between 38 and 43 C. (That’s 100 to 110 Fahrenheit for you illiterate yanks!) Add the yeast and vigorously combine with your biggest whisk to get the lumpy bits out. Set aside for 5 minutes to activate.

3. Stir your milk and yeast mixture to eliminate settled product. Start your standing mixer on it’s lowest setting and slowly add the milk and yeast, mix until shaggy and just barely combined. Set aside for 10 minutes.

4. Switch to a dough hook and start kneading at lowest speed for 2 minutes. Up speed by one notch for half a minute, and then up another notch for another half-minute. Transfer to a well-oiled bowl covered with a cloth. Let rise for 30 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 260 C (500 Fahrenheit). Turn out dough on a well-floured surface. Punch down dough, Fold in Thirds, rotate dough by 90 degrees and fold in thirds again. (What am I, an architect? Make it happen and don’t sweat the math, boyo!)

6. Cut 2 inch rounds. Flatten in hand, stuff with pepperoni and cheese, pinch dough around stuffing to seal. Bake for 7 minutes in the top third of the oven. Let cool for 30 minutes while you control your ravenous animalistic urges.

1 - Assembly

Cutting rounds and shaping rolls.

2 - A tad overdone

Forgot I’d added sugar.

3 - Crumb

The Moneyshot.