"Crusty" Italian buns for "Wet" sammies

Discussion in 'Breads' started by herkysprings, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    I cant find anything in local stores, but basically I was trying to figure out a recipe for crusty italian buns to serve italin beef sandwiches on, or other "Wet" sammies.

    Anybody have any ideas? I can flounder through baking things, I have a Kitchen Aid Pro 6, active dry yeast, etc...

    Optimally some type of bun I could dip a la the italian beef sammie way.
  2. oregonsmoker

    oregonsmoker Fire Starter

    Hi from a fellow Oregonian! great question!  I have been wanting to make italian sandwiches for a while and have the same problem looking for bread or rolls that will hold up to the au ju.  I am wanting to make them on the 4th of July weekend.  Hopefully you get some good info from the folks on here.  Subscribing and waiting!

  3. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Find a baguette recipe and just form buns out of it.  This is the recipe I use.  I got it from King Arthur Flour.



    • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast or instant yeast
    • 8 to 10 ounces lukewarm water*
    • all of the starter
    • 14 3/4 ounces King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • *Use the lesser amount in summer (or in a humid environment), the greater amount in winter (or in a dry climate), and somewhere in between the rest of the year, or if your house is climate controlled.


    1) Make the starter by mixing the yeast with the water (no need to do this if you're using instant yeast), then mixing in the flour to make a soft dough. Cover and let rest at room temperature for about 14 hours; overnight works well. The starter should have risen and become bubbly. If it hasn't, your yeast may not be working. Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of yeast in 1 tablespoon lukewarm water with a pinch of sugar, and wait 15 minutes. If nothing happens, replace your yeast, and begin the starter process again.

    2) If you're using active dry yeast, mix it with the water, then combine with the starter, flour, and salt. If you're using instant yeast, there's no need to combine it with the water first. Mix and knead everything together—by hand, mixer or bread machine set on the dough cycle—till you've made a soft, somewhat smooth dough; it should be cohesive, but the surface may still be a bit rough. Knead for about 5 minutes on speed 2 of a stand mixer

    3) Place the dough in a lightly greased medium-size bowl, cover the bowl, and let the dough rise for 3 hours, gently deflating it and turning it over after 1 hour, and then again after 2 hours.

    4) Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased work surface. Divide it into three equal pieces.

    5) Shape each piece into a rough, slightly flattened oval, cover with greased plastic wrap, and let them rest for 15 minutes.

    6) Working with one piece of dough at a time, fold the dough in half lengthwise, and seal the edges with the heel of your hand. Flatten it slightly, and fold and seal again.

    7) With the seam-side down, cup your fingers and gently roll the dough into a 15" log. Place the logs seam-side down onto a lightly greased or parchment-lined sheet pan or pans.*

    8) Cover them with a cover or lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow the loaves to rise till they've become very puffy, about 1 1/2 hours.

    9) Towards the end of the rising time, preheat your oven to 450°F; if you're using a baking stone, place it on the lowest rack.

    10) Using a very sharp knife held at about a 45° angle, make three 8" vertical slashes in each baguette. Spritz the baguettes heavily with warm water; this will help them develop a crackly-crisp crust.

    11) Bake the baguettes until they're a very deep golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack. Or, for the very crispiest baguettes, turn off the oven, crack it open about 2", and allow the baguettes to cool in the oven.
  4. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

  5. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks! I'll try some of these one day I think!

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